The Great Debate UK

Why are coloured diamonds sparkling brightest?

By Guest Contributor
June 26, 2014

A model displays the 'Pink Star' 59.60 carat oval cut pink diamond at Sotheby's in Geneva September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

–Vashi Dominguez is founder of Vashi.com. The opinions expressed are his own.–         

Old Street is old news: Don’t shackle Europe’s tech start-ups

By Guest Contributor
June 25, 2014

–Irfon Watkins is CEO of Coull. The opinions expressed are his own.–

London Tech Week created some interesting conversations and predictions. The stand out being a claim from Oxford Economics that in the next decade London’s tech scene will increase by over 11,000 businesses, creating 46,000 new jobs and generating £12 billion. There are signs that London is on the verge of becoming Europe’s tech hub and that it may even overtake Silicon Valley. The calls for Europe’s tech talent to migrate have gone out. However, while the figures suggest this will bolster the city’s economy, it could end up doing more harm than good when it comes to Europe’s technology sector overall.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Yellen’s remarkably unremarkable news conference – and why it’s a good thing

By Anatole Kaletsky
June 19, 2014

Yellen holds a news conference following two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting at the Federal Reserve in WashingtonJohn Maynard Keynes famously said that his highest ambition was to make economic policy as boring as dentistry. In this respect, as in so many others, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is proving to be a loyal Keynesian.

Britain’s 8 million renters are a key electoral battleground

By Guest Contributor
June 18, 2014

–Stephen Evans is a former Senior Policy Advisor for HM Treasury and Director of Employment and Skills at Working Links. The opinions expressed are his own.–

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s impossible choices on Iraq

By Bill Schneider
June 16, 2014

Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, chant slogans in Baghdad

Iraq was a bold U.S. experiment in nation-building. It turned out to be a flop.

from The Great Debate:

What’s happening in Iraq? Some smart takes to help figure it out.

By Jason Fields
June 13, 2014

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The Iraq created in large part by the United States after the 2003 invasion appears to be collapsing.

from Breakingviews:

Brazil’s companies need soccer team’s global clout

June 12, 2014

By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Confessions of a mobile shopaholic

By Guest Contributor
June 12, 2014

–Martha McKenzie-Minifie is Editor of International Consumer Economics and Ian Bright is Senior Economist at ING. The opinions expressed are their own.–

The Banking Standards Review Council has the potential to make a difference

By Guest Contributor
June 12, 2014

–Tim Dolan is a Partner in the Financial Markets team in King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s London office. The opinions expressed are his own.–

from Breakingviews:

Investors cheer for Brazil World Cup rout

June 10, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.