The move by Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party and Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, came ahead of next year's elections which EU officials fear will bring a surge in support for nationalist and xenophobic parties
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Wednesday 25 March 2009
The European Union can lead the world out of recession by forging a new partnership with the US President, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown declared yesterday.
Tuesday 24 March 2009
Saturday 21 March 2009
France was embroiled in a protectionism row yesterday after the government announced that the assembly of some Renault cars would be shifted from Slovenia to the Paris area, creating 400 new jobs.
Friday 20 March 2009
For a Prime Minister and former chancellor not conspicuously distinguished by Europhile tendencies, Gordon Brown has notched up an impressive number of cross-Channel Airmiles in recent months. Yesterday found him lunching with President Sarkozy in a strike-bound Paris, before moving on to Brussels for the European Union spring summit. When this meeting ends today, it may be a little clearer – though probably not much – how far the 27 EU members have managed to coordinate a joint approach to the economic crisis.
Thursday 19 March 2009
Tuesday 17 March 2009
Monday 16 March 2009
What, today, counts as economic policy success? The G20 finance ministers, pictured, promised over the weekend to "take whatever action is necessary until growth is restored." That, though, is a rather weak formulation. Even after the Great Depression, growth eventually made a welcome return. The bigger concerns surely relate to the length and depth of the current downswing and, importantly, the likely pace of growth once the world economy bottoms out. Merely promising a restoration of growth at some unspecified future point doesn't quite do the trick.
Wednesday 11 March 2009
Outlook Another grim set of manufacturing figures, with UK industrial production down a further 2.6 per cent in January, bringing its year-on-year fall to 11.4 per cent, has raised the question afresh of whether Britain should be following its European neighbours with root and branch aid and support for struggling manufacturers.
Saturday 07 March 2009
Thursday 05 March 2009
It was bad luck for Gordon Brown that his big chance to speak before a joint session of Congress came a mere week after Barack Obama's dramatic first appearance in the same chamber. The President had raised the roof with a combination of home truths and soaring oratory that the Prime Minister would be hard pressed to match. And there were a few anxious moments before yesterday's session that enough people would show up to give the Premier a proper welcome.
Thursday 05 March 2009
Wednesday 04 March 2009
Gordon Brown today rounded off his two-day visit to the United States with an address to Congress in which he called on America to take a lead in the world's battle against recession and climate change.
Tuesday 03 March 2009
US president Barack Obama today reaffirmed his belief in the special relationship between Britain and America following talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the White House.
Tuesday 03 March 2009
Trade has become another casualty of the global economic crisis. The slump in demand and the difficulties to access trade finance have led to a significant contraction of the world trade. According the current estimates, world trade will contract by some 3 per cent in 2009, the first decline in trade growth since 1982. Just as trade tends to grow faster than output in good times, it typically contracts faster in times of recession.
Monday 02 March 2009
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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