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Italy – the new good man of Europe

May 28, 2014

Up until Monday, Italy used to be known as the sick man of Europe. It has huge debts, sclerotic growth and had been ruled by a billionaire prone to a bunga-bunga parties. It was at risk of becoming the laughing stock of the currency bloc. The relationship in recent years between Italy and Germany has been dreadful. But could things be about to change?

Scepticism about the state runs deep

By Guest Contributor
May 28, 2014

–Sheila Lawlor is Director of the London think tank, Politeia. The opinions expressed are her own.–

Why Antwerp is under threat as the world’s diamond trading centre

By Guest Contributor
May 27, 2014

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

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Meet the Tea Party — European edition

By Bill Schneider
May 27, 2014

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Europe finally has its own Tea Party. Or something like it.

Last weekend, citizens of 21 nations elected members of a new European parliament. The result? An outpouring of rage.

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Poland’s example may offer Ukraine a way out

By Andrew Nagorski
May 23, 2014

FORMER POLISH PRESIDENT AND SOLIDARITY FOUNDING LEADER LECH WALESA SHOWS V-SIGN IN 1989.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991, Ukraine has tried -- and repeatedly failed -- to transform itself into a stable, prosperous democracy. The presidential elections on Sunday, May 25 offers another opportunity to make that happen, for Ukraine to come out from Russia’s shadow and the shadow of its own corrupt post-Soviet limping economy.

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Secrecy’s out, so here’s what Swiss banks can still offer

By Peter Gumbel
May 22, 2014

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If Swiss banks were to cast off their usual discretion and make a marketing pitch these days, it might start off something like this:

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Europe is under siege from both the left and right

By Matt Browne
May 22, 2014

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Elections will begin on Thursday across the 28 European Union member states to elect national representatives to the European Parliament, which regulates trade, borders and some elements of foreign policy. Though this is a continent-wide election, voters historically use it to send a message to their own nation’s governing party. With the meteoric rise of anti-European populism on the political left and right, however, things promise to buck that trend this time.

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Fires in Vietnam could ultimately burn Beijing

By Vikram J. Singh
May 16, 2014

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The spilling of blood and burning of factories by anti-Chinese rioters sweeping across Vietnam reinforces Beijing’s message to other countries claiming territory in the South China Sea: resistance is costly and ultimately futile.

The Great Sleep Debate

May 15, 2014

Not that long ago everyone was lamenting the slovenliness of the British public. We didn’t work hard enough, took too many holidays and anxiety was rising about how we would ever keep up with our harder-working, more productive peers in China and the East. However, the tides is changing and, guess what, slovenliness is back.

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The fight for a global minimum wage

By Christine Owens
May 15, 2014

Demonstrators gather during a nationwide strike and protest at fast food restaurants to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 in New YorkOn Thursday, fast-food workers in more than 30 countries across six continents will take coordinated action on an unprecedented scale. In the United States, they will walk off their jobs in 150 cities -- the largest strike ever. Workers around the world will join these protests in 80 cities.