Despite weak employment and output growth, the outlook for the Canadian economy is reasonably solid.
African growth is being powered by increased commodity output, improved political governance, and a rising middle class
Mr. Putin's actions in Crimea produced short-term benefits for Russia, but will carry far larger costs over the long term.
Australian growth will need to be driven by consumption as it transitions from being led by mining during the past half-decade to being led by exports later this decade.
Nigeria's strong recent growth performance is likely to receive a further boost from an upcoming privatization of its energy sector.
UK growth is finally set to accelerate after many years of subpar growth.
Japanese growth prospects have improved dramatically during recent months on the back of regime changes in the government and at the BOJ.
Weak productivity, a strong currency, and an indebted household sector all threaten to hold back the Canadian economy's growth performance during 2013.
The Cypriot financial sector's holdings of Greek bonds and the large amounts of Russian capital in the financial system make resolving the crisis particularly difficult.