France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK lead Europe in terms of the life sciences, thanks to their healthy research and development pipelines.
Countries in central and eastern Europe have seen a marked decline in the number of jobs created by inwards investment.
A Western Union survey of UK SMEs reveals an optimistic mood. However, another report warns that medium-sized companies in the country are not receiving sufficient assistance when it comes to exports.
Delegates at the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh discussed issues such as 'soft factors' that can transform urban areas, and ideas that cities can 'steal' from one another.
England's enterprise zones have been given a £100m injection to help complete infrastructure projects.
Croatia is keen to adopt the euro as its currency, but that is unlikely to happen any time soon as the country struggles to meet the EU's five convergence criteria.
City partnerships are vital for Europe's urban centres if they are going to keep up with their developing world counterparts.
France tends to conjure up images of industrial unrest and high taxes, but also of a highly educated workforce and an innovative approach to business. Both views are equally valid, but after a sluggish few years the country is hoping to play to its traditional strengths to draw in investment.
Cyprus's finance minister, Harris Georgiades, tells fDi how the country is now over the worst of its recent banking crisis, and will emerge with a better regulated financial sector, a still-competitive tax system and a skilled workforce that provide all the elements needed for a successful investment location.
Located at the heart of Europe and housing one of the world's busiest airports, the German region of Hessen ticks plenty of boxes for would-be foreign investors. Add to that mix a vibrant ICT sector, a world-renowned financial services industry and a workforce that is as skilled as it is large, and it becomes apparent why Hessen has been a star FDI performer over the past few decades.
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