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The British Question

20.05.15 Publication: ,

Before the 2010 general election, David Cameron lamented what he called “broken Britain,” but quickly dropped the idea once he got into office. Now that...

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After David Cameron’s surprising victory

09.05.15 Publication:

Until about midnight on May 7th, two things seemed certain about Britain’s general election: first, that the long election campaign had been very boring and...

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After David Cameron´s surprising victory

09.05.15 Publication:

Until about midnight on May 7th,two things seemed certain about Britain’s general election: first, that the long election campaign had been very boring and...

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Europe´s two crises

08.05.15 Publication:

Fasten your safety belts. Europe is headingfor not just one crisis but two, both of which could lead to disaster, disintegration and the collapse of the whole...

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Britain’s forthcoming election

03.05.15 Publication:

When Britons wake up next Friday morning, May 8th, they will be presented with a strange and confusing political picture when the results of their general...

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Britain´s forthcoming election

03.05.15 Publication:

When Britons wake up next Friday morning,May 8th, they will be presented with a strange and confusing political picture when the results of their general...

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The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition and its legacy: Book essay

24.04.15 Publication:

The Coalition Effect 2010-2015, edited by Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn,Cambridge University Press, RRP£18.99, 642 pagesMr Osborne’s Economic Experiment:...

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Tragedy in the Mediterranean

21.04.15 Publication:

It may seem heartless to describe the tragedy of the migrants’ ship as symbolic, since the bodies and the deaths are so real. Nevertheless, to this British...

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A Golden Age of Journalism with Drawbacks

02.03.15 Publication:

We in the media often write, with enthusiasm, about disruptive technological innovation, about the way in which new ideas and new technologies have forced many...

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Controversial British Debates

02.03.15 Publication:

It is often tempting to describe Britain’s political and media elite in an Italian manner as La casta. And some of the success of the populist UK...

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Thatcher understood the pro-market case for Britain staying in the EU

02.03.15 Publication:

My response to Daniel Hannan’s article “Pro-EU propaganda film is a disaster for the BBC” about the film by Annalisa Piras, “The Great...

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Greek Negotiators Should Learn a Little from Britain

09.02.15 Publication:

The proposal for “debt-swapping” floated by Greece’s new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is both ingenious and constructive....

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Ukraine and Greece, Two Fronts of Europe

08.02.15 Publication:

Europe is witnessing two important but dangerous negotiations: one, between Russia, Germany and France over Ukraine, the other, between Greece and Germany over...

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A “Merkel Plan” for Europe

19.01.15 Publication:

Ever since Europe’s economic crisis erupted more than four years ago, politicians and pundits have clamored for a grand solution, often invoking the example...

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Japan Tests Secular Stagnation Thesis

13.01.15 Publication:

Watch Japan. Such advice has long been rare, except on “lost decades” or the risks of nuclear power. But for the next 12 months, the world’s...

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Is English Enough?

09.01.15 Publication:

There are several nations that call themselves “the lucky country”, most notably Australia. But in today’s world of global business, that title might...

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China In the World: Ruling Without a Blueprint

27.12.14 Publication:

The Western world’s bookshelves are groaning under the weight of tomes pondering “What Does China Think?” (Mark Leonard, 2008) or what will...

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Will Britain Stay in the EU?

25.12.14 Publication:

Britain has never been in love with the European Union. A central part of our national mythology derives from the fact that we haven’t been successfully...

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Japan – from Hawk to Pheasant

14.12.14 Publication:

If we know foreign countries at all, we tend to know them by their capital cities, their politics and, yes of course, by their sports stars. So this week in...

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The Euro´s Feckless Rulers Back the Torroise Against the Hare

02.12.14 Publication:

Pope Francis may think of Europe as a haggard grandmother, but this eurozone granny´s got a gambling habit. She used to...

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Time to Celebrate Cheaper Oil

01.12.14 Publication:

It is the first really good news the European economy has had since 2008, and it has come from an improbable pair of benefactors--American shale-oil producers...

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Cheshire Cat Smiles Mask Danger in UK Politics

21.11.14 Publication:

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Much More Than Mount Fuji

07.11.14 Publication:

I have often been puzzled why beautiful countries seem so indifferent about tourism. Italy is one: perhaps because it has combined a good climate, wonderful...

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Hong Kong-China: Possible Compromise

07.10.14 Publication:

It is an inspiring sight—unless you are a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party. Tens of thousands of brave young people, marching...

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