The Great Debate UK

from UK News:

Is Britain paying too high a price in Afghanistan?

July 8, 2009

The death toll among British troops in Afghanistan is rising fast.  The soldier who died on Tuesday was the seventh to die in the last week and the 176th since the war began.

No quick buck from Northern Rock

July 1, 2009

REUTERS– Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. –

from The Great Debate:

Europe frets over crisis exit strategy

By Paul Taylor
June 29, 2009

Paul Taylor
-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Higher taxes? Lower public spending? Devaluation? Inflation? Investment in green growth?

From afar, G8 seeks a handle on Afghanistan

June 25, 2009

Luke BakerLuke Baker is a political and general news correspondent at Reuters. –

The mountains and deserts of southern Afghanistan are far removed from the elegant charms of Trieste in northern Italy, but there will be a link between the two this weekend.

Latvia: Apocalypse (not quite) now . . .

June 21, 2009

Morten Hansen

-Morten Hansen is head of the economics department at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. The opinions expressed are his own.-

What European election campaign?

June 4, 2009

Richard WhitakerRichard Whitaker is a lecturer in European politics at the University of Leicester, UK. The opinions expressed are his own. –

German Opel rescue tests EU road rules

By Paul Taylor
May 29, 2009

paul-taylor— Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own —

Mon Dieu! Are the Germans starting to behave like the French?

Berlin’s efforts to salvage carmaker Opel from the wreckage of U.S. auto giant General Motors pose as big a challenge to Europe’s single market as French attempts earlier this year to tie loans to its carmakers to keeping jobs and factories in France.

from Luke Baker:

In for a penny, in for £175 billion

April 22, 2009

It may not be tax and spend exactly, but it's definitely tax and borrow.

For the best part of 12 years, Labour has pursued essentially conservative (with a small 'c') economic policies, steadily underburdening itself of the 'fiscally unreliable' tag that some earlier Labour administrations were (wrongly or rightly) saddled with.

The devil will be in the Budget detail

April 22, 2009

fay— Fay Goddard is chief executive of The Personal Finance Society. Any opinions expressed are her own. —