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From afar, G8 seeks a handle on Afghanistan

June 25, 2009

Luke Baker- Luke 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.-

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 –

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. —

from The Great Debate:

UK suffers from banks’ Darwinian hibernation

By J Saft
January 7, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Britain's banks are fulfilling their Darwinian role, to survive, rather than their economic one, to lend, and there is no easy or painless way out.

from The Great Debate:

Fighting deflation globally ain’t easy

By J Saft
November 21, 2008

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

With the U.S., Japan and Britain -- nearly 40 percent of the global economy -- facing the threat of deflation, it's going to be just too easy for one, two or all three of them to get the policy response horribly wrong.