Articles

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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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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