Can a Macron effect save UK from Brexit?
May08

Can a Macron effect save UK from Brexit?

Is President-elect Emmanuel Macron of France likely to be a beacon of hope for Britons? As recent polls suggest an increasing number of citizens in the UK see separation from the European Union as a potential disaster of epic proportions that cannot but affect every part of British society, and in more adverse ways than it is possible yet to foresee. Macron’s triumph can affect the Brexit process in various ways, some apparent...

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Europe’s refugee crisis and post-truth response
Jan24

Europe’s refugee crisis and post-truth response

More than three decades have passed since being ‘economical with the truth’ regained currency. It was of course that notorious if riveting exchange between Robert Armstrong and Malcolm Turnbull during the 1986 Spycatcher trial that brought the phrase back into vogue after recurrences from biblical times. Then ‘economical…’ was swept away by the more potent ‘post-truth’ era of the UK Brexit referendum and the US election that...

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Can procrastination save Britain from Brexit?
Jun24

Can procrastination save Britain from Brexit?

Can a delay in invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty save Britain from what many now see as the impending disaster of Brexit? Analysts increasingly seem convinced that, if there’s a will to somehow reverse what in their view clearly has been a foolhardy,  primitive and suicidal referendum vote to end Britain’s membership of the European Union, Brexit can indeed be thrown out as a result obtained largely by...

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US competitive edge surpassed by Switzerland and Hong Kong: IMD
May31

US competitive edge surpassed by Switzerland and Hong Kong: IMD

Switzerland and Hong Kong have surpassed the United States as the most competitive places in this year’s rankings of the world’s strongest economies, the International Institute for Management Development said in its annual survey that rolls out the the fittest and the feeble among global business performers. In the 2016 World Competitiveness rankings produced by the IMD World Competitiveness Center, the United States was...

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Preserving privacy requires global action: Steinmeier
Mar30

Preserving privacy requires global action: Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Minister called for concerted global action on the international right to privacy after the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted (26 March 2015) to create a mandate for a UN Special Rapporteur on citizens’ right to privacy. In a statement issued in Berlin (27 March 2015) Steinmeier said he was “delighted” over the new mandate, something that Germany had been working with...

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Britain in a Hyper-connected World
Mar30

Britain in a Hyper-connected World

David Howell (Lord Howell of Guildford) reflects on options for Britain in this article exclusively for European Crossroads, in a sequel to the publication of his new book, Old Links and New Ties: Power and Persuasion in the Age of Networks (London: I B Tauris). Most people now accept that we are now moving into a world of networks and supply chains of infinite complexity. Less understood, so far, is the enormous impact this is having...

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