Articles

Japan´s interest in an Asian community

01.04.07 Publication:

The European Union has just celebrated its 50th birthday, or rather the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which established the first,...

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Europe´s unhappy 50th birthday

24.03.07 Publication:

The European Union is 50 years old and has been celebrating its birthday this week in Berlin. That is what the citizenry of Europe have been told, at least...

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Clinton, McCain and America´s money election

12.03.07 Publication:

It seems to happen every time. The American presidential election campaign begins, and I start to protest. Why should an election campaign start so early?...

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New ideas for Afghan opium

07.03.07 Publication:

The idea to buy up Afghanistan’s opium crop and use it to increase production of morphine, being promoted by Italy’s Refounded Communists and by a former...

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The state´s role in India´s growth

01.03.07 Publication:

What is the secret of economic development? Many of those who studied the success of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and who now study...

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India, il Professore, and Italy´s political crisis

01.03.07 Publication:

I suppose I should ask myself, with a weary sigh: why should I be surprised at Italy´s political crisis? These things used to be so commonplace, before...

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English lessons for Italian football

09.02.07 Publication:

Ever since Italian football entered its crisis of violence, my Italian friends have been asking me questions: how did Britain solve its problems of football...

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China faces reality in Africa

07.02.07 Publication:

This week, China’s President Hu Jintao has set off on a 12-day tour of African and Indian Ocean countries. Why? Because he is touring China’s new foreign...

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Tony Blair and the saddest political mistake

01.02.07 Publication:

This year in my country, Britain, one of our longest-serving and most famous prime ministers will announce his retirement. Tony Blair established a worldwide...

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The revival of Japan

01.02.07 Publication:

In today’s globalised economy, with fast-growing and appealing countries like the BRICs, it is hard being a rich, mature economy like Japan. By comparison to...

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On not going to Davos

25.01.07 Publication:

Every year at this time, the gathering that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, generates contradictory emotions. One set of emotions make me...

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The danger in Asia

09.01.07 Publication:

Europe tends to view Asia as if through one eye at a time. In the 1980s, it consisted of the Japanese threat to European industry. In the 1990s and for much of...

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The best idea: do nothing

04.01.07 Publication:

By Vladimir Dlouhy and Bill EmmottA twice-yearly European ritual began this week when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her priorities during Germany´s six...

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The failure of Tony Blair

02.01.07 Publication:

It is common for prime ministers to end their time in office by being disliked at home, but admired abroad. It has something to do with the fruits of excessive...

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Economics, consumer loans and gangsters

01.01.07 Publication:

There is a common proverb in English that says that “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions”. The meaning of this saying is that many policies or...

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Commodities and global growth

01.01.07 Publication:

The world economy has had such a fantastic four years that it has seemed almost rude, or perhaps imprudent, to ask why. The usual answer that is given is...

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Keep faith with enlargement

16.12.06 Publication:

New Year’s Day is supposed to be a happy occasion, on which the troubles of last year can be forgotten, and when the new year is too young for troubles to...

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Russia is Saudi Arabia with nukes

06.12.06 Publication:

The atmosphere in London is creative, excited and a little bit scared. For almost the only theory that has not been circulated seriously about the...

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The Moon colony in Arabia

01.12.06 Publication:

Science fiction books in the 1950s and 1960s often seemed to feature human colonies, in the far distant future, that had been established on the Moon, or on...

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Two solutions for energy security

23.11.06 Publication:

Ever since Russia temporarily shut off gas supplies to Ukraine in January, "energy security" has been the hottest topic, if you will forgive such a...

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How to be friendlier with the neighbours

01.11.06 Publication:

At one time, when there was a clear distinction between leftists and rightists in politics, the main task for political candidates was to sound different from...

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Europe needs Turkey

29.10.06 Publication:

There is something strange about the debate inside our European Union about enlargement, and in particular about the...

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Grazie, Silvio

13.10.06 Publication:

Lenin would be astonished. No, I don´t mean the real Lenin, asleep in his mausoleum in Red Square in Moscow. I am talking personally, as the man whose photo...

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Getting serious about global warming

01.10.06 Publication:

In every country around the world, in politics there are some issues on which good politicians know that it is vital to say the right words, but then to avoid...

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