Articles

The Creeping Public-Pension Debacle

08.11.16

If policy was rational and electorates understood the consequences fully for their taxes, no advanced, developed country would have a retirement age for public...

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The bond vigilantes are back

27.10.16

By Tom Startup Falling government bond yields and rising prices have been with us for so long that it has come with a shock: since the Brexit vote on June...

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Minimum Wages

23.10.16 Publication:

On October 1st, the only government economic policy measure this year that is likely to boost the Japanese economy came into effect. It is positive, but was...

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Obama’s legacy in Asia-Pacific

20.10.16 Publication:

Most of President Barack Obama´s foreign policy has had to be reactive to inherited wars, to new civil wars, to new sources of pressure and instability. But...

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Obama´s legacy in Asia-Pacific

20.10.16 Publication:

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Inflation, not Brexit, should be worrying our policy makers

12.10.16 Publication:

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Brazil: Giant on a precipice’

18.05.16 Publication:

To vote to impeach a president is, in any country, a kind of political nuclear weapon: it should be a very last resort, for such an extreme act can have...

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Brazil: Giant on a precipice´

18.05.16 Publication:

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Preparing for President Trump

13.05.16 Publication:

LONDON – As America’s friends and allies look on in astonishment at the all-but-certain prospect of a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in...

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Donald Trump’s Italian prototype

09.05.16 Publication:

Here is a good principle when thinking about the US presidential election in November of this year: hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. It is...

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Europe needs to attack the Caliphate’s credibility

24.03.16 Publication:

After terrorist atrocities such as those in Brussels yesterday or in Paris in January and November last year, the political pressure to react, to act, to fight...

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Europe needs to attack the Caliphate´s credibility

24.03.16 Publication:

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2020 Olympics

21.03.16 Publication:

Are you expecting Tokyo´s Olympic Games in 2020 to bring a big economic benefit to the nation? Plenty of people seem to be hoping that it will bring such a...

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Donald Trump´s Italian prototype

15.03.16 Publication:

TOKYO – The rise of billionaire Donald Trump in the US presidential race has been met with a mixture of horror and fascination. As his campaign, once...

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Why the EU-Turkey deal makes sense

10.03.16 Publication:

There is something very disturbing about doing a deal, involving billions of euros and a lot of concessions, with a country whose government has become so...

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Oil Dictator Dominos

05.02.16 Publication:

LONDON – Price movements as large and rapid as those that have upended oil markets since June 2014 are sure to cause pain to some and benefit others—yet...

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Emerging Markets

25.01.16 Publication:

The year has begun with falling stockmarkets, falling oil prices and falling forecasts about growth in the world economy. What should international businesses...

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Suspend Schengen to save it

19.01.16 Publication:

The collapse of the “Schengen” passport-free travel zone would destroy the single market and the euro, according to Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the...

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Britain’s year of decision

30.12.15 Publication:

It will be a decision that shapes Britain, and its place in the world, for decades to come, perhaps for the whole of the 21st century. It will be a decision...

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Britain´s year of decision

30.12.15 Publication:

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Patriotism in the Age of Globalisation

22.12.15 Publication:

LONDON – The new fault line in politics, according to Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, is between globalists and patriots. It is...

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Six Questions for Europe in 2016

21.12.15 Publication:

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The Front National

08.12.15 Publication:

The only thing that is “shocking” about the vote in Sunday’s French regional elections for the far-right Front National is that anyone in politics or the...

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Terrorism

23.11.15 Publication:

Terrorist atrocities are always a shock, whenever and wherever they happen. That is their purpose. On Friday November 13th I was in London attending a dinner...

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