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U.K. Investors Have Too Much Faith in Their Government

First published: Bloomberg View, 20/03/17 The U.K. government will soon invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin divorce proceedings from the European Union. The Scottish government is seeking to hold a second independence referendum before Brexit talks wind

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Can Merkel and Trump work together?

First published: CapX, 16/03/2017 Stormy weather has shifted Angela Merkel’s trip to see the US President to tomorrow; it provides the perfect metaphor for German-US relations. There are several contentious foreign policy issues, some of which have gone off the boil

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What did Philip Hammond’s first Budget amount to?

First published:, 8/03/2017 He had little to say about long-term macroeconomic issues Chancellor Philip Hammond’s last spring Budget—this ritual is going to be merged with the Autumn Statement—was never going to be remarkable. It was full of gags (credit

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French election: What the result could mean for the country’s economy

First published:, 7/02/2017 Macronomics is “in tune with what a modern European economy needs”—Le Pen is not On Sunday, in front of a crowd of about 3,000 supporters in Lyon, Front National leader Marine Le Pen formally launched her

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UK-US trade deal cheerleading will be drowned out by complexity

First published:, 27/01/2017 Today’s Trump-May press conference contained nothing of substance on the matter—and no wonder Standing next to President Donald Trump, Theresa May spoke for rather longer than her host at their first press conference on Friday. The

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"George Magnus does not look like a prophet. Yet this is the man widely acknowledged to have predicted that the US sub-prime mortgage crisis would trigger a global recession." Josephine Moulds, The Daily Telegraph