James Ashton

James Ashton is Head of Business across the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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James Ashton: Time for us to team up with the Germans after their fallout with France?

Europe’s grand alliance of France and Germany is crumbling like a fresh chèvre. The leaked memo from Angela Merkel’s coalition partners this week only confirmed what everyone else suspects about the French economy under the stewardship of François Hollande.

James Ashton: Setting a ceiling on relationships

At a breakfast event at the top of the Gherkin this week, Julia Hobsbawm set a new benchmark.

James Ashton: AGMs season can still put trouble on agenda

Like the first swallow of summer, Barclays’ shareholder meeting this week signified the beginning of the AGM season. But if signs of summer are upon us, what happened to this year’s shareholder spring?

James Ashton: Time for the banks to end their bleating and take another path to reform

Getting on for five years after the banks were bailed out, it is remarkable that so many people are now criticising the road we have travelled so far along.

Firms are raiding the Treasury to figure out how they can beat it

The heat is being turned up on tax avoiders and it was only a matter of time before the  accountancy profession was caught in the line of fire.

James Ashton: Business must be willing to pay up if it wants to benefit from the arts

They can’t have it both ways if they aren’t prepared to dip into their own pockets

Ana Botin, chief executive of Santander UK, whose current TV advertising campaign features sports stars including Jessica Ennis

Ana Botin: The most powerful woman in banking

Santander's chief executive tells James Ashton there is long-term profit in serving risky, high-growth companies

A billion people on the move: tourism becomes truly global

Britain will need more than its heritage to stay competitive and keep visitor numbers growing

James Ashton: Even little-known Jazan gets a $15bn makeover

Have you heard of Jazan? Nope, me neither – until this week.

James Ashton: Clinton's a sucker for hotel's creature comforts

Hotels are always keen to play up their green credentials and Bill Clinton, the tourism conference's star turn, did his best to help the Jumeirah Group emphasise its own.

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