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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Thursday 06 November 2008
Outlook The outlook for the USdollar might seem a subject too trite for analysis on a day of such historic significance, yet it may shape the Obama presidency rather more than he would like. Despite the hope and expectation which is being vested in the new president, not just in the US but internationally too, a strong dollar is by no means guaranteed, and without the backing of the dollar, Barack Obama may struggle to meet his ambitious, fiscally liberal spending plans.
Sunday 26 October 2008
Saturday 04 October 2008
Mandy back. The Gov-ernor of the Bank of England forced to eat his words on moral hazard and say he'll give the banking system all the liquidity it needs. Interest rates about to be cut by a half a percentage point. Deposit insurance raised to £50,000 with consultation on going higher still. All that and the Chancellor says he'll guarantee the deposits of any bank that runs into trouble too.
Sunday 14 September 2008
EU member states are pursuing aggressive trade policies to limit foreign investment, a new report claims.
Thursday 21 August 2008
A teenage defendant in Newcastle is one lucky guy. His manslaughter trial was abandoned after one of the jurors turned investigator and submitted to the judge 37 questions that he thought deserved an answer. In so doing – and then sharing his thoughts with the 11 other "good men and true" – he broke the cardinal rule that the selection of evidence is the preserve of lawyers, and of the judge who rules what is admissible.
Thursday 31 July 2008
The received wisdom about international trade talks is that they are very important – and the practical reaction of most of us that they are very boring. So the general reaction to the collapse of the Doha trade round is a mixture of earnest condemnation of the short-sightedness of politicians, coupled with a certain relief that we won't have to keep pretending to understand what is going on.
Wednesday 30 July 2008
The breakdown of the world trade talks in Geneva yesterday is profoundly disappointing to those – including our own Prime Minister – who claimed them as the most important economic negotiations of the new century. Indeed the talks, started in 2001, have lasted most of this century. Little wonder that some of their particpants still hope that they can be revived after a summer pause.
Thursday 29 May 2008
A row between America and the European Union over import taxes on certain technology products spilled over into outright hostilities yesterday when the US government lodged a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation.
Wednesday 21 May 2008
Traditionally, one of the infuriating habits of the agricultural protectionist lobby has been its willingness to seize upon any economic trend to justify its position. When world food prices are low, we are told that poor farmers need subsidies to guarantee their income. When prices are high, this is apparently a sign that subsidies are needed to expand production.
Monday 12 May 2008
Monday 21 April 2008
The biggest threat to the world economy isn't the sub-prime crisis. Nor is it the credit crunch or the US recession. It's food.
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Tuesday 01 April 2008
Tuesday 04 March 2008
Virgin Atlantic's president Sir Richard Branson has warned that a treaty liberalising air travel between America and Europe will be "ripped up" unless the US government allows American carriers to be taken over by foreign rivals.
Monday 28 January 2008
Peter Mandelson, the European Union trade commissioner, has warned about the consequences if the Doha round of world trade talks were to fail this year.
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