Articles

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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Angela Merkel in danger

20.11.15 Publication:

Frau Merkel is, of course, completely different from Herr Schmidt. He was arrogant and plain-speaking, the opposite of diplomatic, while she is diffident and...

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Further thoughts, following the Paris atrocities

17.11.15

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Thoughts after Paris

14.11.15

The best thing India did after theco-ordinated bombing and shooting attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 that left 164 people dead was to take time to think and...

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2016 Special Issue

05.11.15 Publication:

From my perspective, one of the most important events of next year will be an event that we do not even yet know for sure whether it will take place in 2016,...

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China and its “two-child” policy

30.10.15 Publication:

It is an act typical of an old Communist regime where officials think that if they send out a decree, things will actually happen: 35 years after China...

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The case for a carbon tax

19.10.15 Publication:

There are many uncertainties in economic and political life. But here at least are two things I thought were certainties in Japan. One is that the government...

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