- 09 Dec 2014 - biggest drop since 1987 global stock market crash, triggered by PM Samara's announcement of snap Presidential election.
- Chance of radical left Syriza party coming to power, which would cause problems for Greece's place in EU monetary union.
- Syriza want to renegotiate Greece's sovereign debt, i.e. would mean debt write-off or the euro's first exit.
- Economic policy of Japan PM Shinzō Abe, introduced in his second term commencing Dec. 2012.
- Based on "3 arrows" of  fiscal stimulus,  monetary easing and  structural reforms (i.e. reflation + government spending aimed to kill the 20 year recession Japan has suffered).
- As of Dec. 2014, mixed results as worse than expected recession but strong current account (due to weaker yen, strong exports and resurgent tourism receipts).
- Current Prime Minister of Japan (re-elected Dec. 2012 after 1 year term 2006/7) + President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
- Economic policy dubbed Abenomics (monetary & fiscal expansion and inflation target of 2%).
- Viewed as a right-wing nationalist.
- Triggered by April 2014 tax increase.
- Significantly worse than anticipated - led to large contraction in business spending, cuts in company inventories & falls in private investment.
- Described by some as "failure of Abenomics", despite strong current account performance (weaker Yen) for the year.
- US TV producer (the Bold & the Beautiful) & philanthropist, & raised US$2.1m for Obama's '12 Presidential campaign.
- Appointed US ambassador to Hungary in December 2014.
- Made it clear in her Senate hearing that she knows little about the country.
- Began November 2014 when a fire damaged cables and controls at Malé's (the capital) only water desalination plant.
- This left 100,000 inhabitants (approx. 1/3rd of the country's population) without water.
- India (followed by Sri Lank & China) responded by sending water supplies by military transport plane and ship.
- Project to pipe Russian gas under the Black Sea to Europe (via Bulgaria), bypassing Ukraine.
- Aimed to circumvent Ukraine and thus avoid disruptions to supply to Europe because of disputes between Russia and Ukraine.
- EU objected to the plan (due to non-compliance with EU competition and energy legislation) and Russia abandoned the project in Dec. 2014.