Articles

Shinzo Abe´s lessons for Gordon Brown

23.07.07 Publication:

It is hard to follow a superstar. In that regard, Britain’s Gordon Brown and Japan’s Shinzo Abe share a common predicament. Like Mr Abe in October 2006,...

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Anxiety, marketing and the BBC

14.07.07 Publication:

For many years, the British Broadcasting Corporation has had the nickname in England of “Auntie”. It is partly affectionate, since everyone in a family...

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Illusions of change

02.07.07 Publication:

What do we want from our political leaders? Wisdom, experience, steadiness under pressure, clarity of thought: those were once what most European voters seemed...

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The gap between Korea, Japan and the US

01.07.07 Publication:

When I lived full-time in Tokyo as a foreign correspondent in the mid-1980s, I used to visit South Korea quite frequently for my job. I enjoyed learning about...

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Pain and the solution to climate change

01.07.07 Publication:

The debate over climate change has moved on—thank goodness. The gathering in Heiligendamm, Germany in early June of the leaders of the G8 rich industrial...

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Praise the scientists who deny climate change

28.06.07 Publication:

The essence of science is uncertainty, or so we non-scientists believe. I grew up being taught the principles of Karl Popper, the great Austrian philosopher,...

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The European Union and Kosovo´s independence

24.06.07 Publication:

Russia’s rejection of the latest American and European proposal at the UN Security Council on helping Kosovo to become independent of Serbia looks like the...

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Tough love needed for climate change to stop

24.06.07 Publication:

Nowadays, we all think that the planet needs to be saved and we all want to do our bit to save it. That, at least, is what a visitor from outer space might...

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Israel should talk to Syria

16.06.07 Publication:

There is nothing good to be said about it. The takeover of the Gaza Strip by fighters from Hamas, the Islamic Palestinian organisation that rejects the right...

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On climate, Bush and history

02.06.07 Publication:

One of the Bush administration’s favourite put-downs, used generally to dismiss opponents of its efforts to export democracy, is the idea that someone is...

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The coming crunch in China

01.06.07 Publication:

Everyone who visits China comes back impressed: all the smart new buildings, the wide new roads, the sparkling and efficient airports. They invite a question...

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Tough task for America´s next president

01.06.07 Publication:

We are in a post-ideological age. Unlike during the Cold War, there are no longer any easy labels to attach to ourselves, or with which to describe other...

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Russia, a government without scruples

28.05.07 Publication:

A few years ago, the thuggish behaviour of Moscow police towards gay-rights activists might have been dismissed merely as signs of Russia’s backwardness. It...

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An American slowdown? Thank goodness

21.05.07 Publication:

In this sophisticated era, with high technology and globalisation and extraordinarily complex financial transactions, few would have predicted that the fate of...

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China´s stockmarket bubble

21.05.07 Publication:

What is a bubble? No one really knows: people tend to agree on what bubbles are only after they have burst. But a pretty fair indicator is when a stockmarket...

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Gordon Brown´s difficult succession

11.05.07 Publication:

Britain is about to experience a very strange political transition. It is going to have an utterly predictable change of prime ministers. It is a change of...

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The folly of economic nationalism

01.05.07 Publication:

In democracies, it is said, politicians running for election try to bribe us with our own money. In other words, they make promises that will cost taxpayers a...

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Questioning China´s growth

01.05.07 Publication:

At every stage during China’s remarkable three decades of economic growth, as the country shook off the dead hand of Maoist central planning, outsiders have...

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France´s vote on Sarkozy the bully

30.04.07 Publication:

The second-round vote in France’s presidential elections will, in effect, be a referendum on Nicolas Sarkozy. But surely that was also true of the first...

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Religion and politics in Turkey and Italy

21.04.07 Publication:

A huge crowd of at least 300,000 people gathered on Saturday April 14th in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, to protest against the idea that Turkey’s prime...

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False smiles between China and Japan

15.04.07 Publication:

It is as if nothing ever happened. China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, has this week made the first visit to Tokyo by a Chinese leader for more than six...

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Economic nationalism and Telecom Italia

04.04.07 Publication:

A famous English saying, by our 18th century literary genius and curmudgeon, Samuel Johnson, states that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”....

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The promise of India

01.04.07 Publication:

In India, this year has been officially designated as “the year of Japan”. Thanks in part to an extremely energetic Japanese embassy in the Indian capital,...

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The real danger in America

01.04.07 Publication:

So far, it has been the scary monster that has stayed in the forest. Economists have been worrying for at least two years, in some cases more, about the...

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