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from Commentaries:

Politics, economics collide over Opel

By Paul Taylor
July 20, 2009

Political and economic logic are set to collide in the byzantine decision-making over the future of German carmaker Opel, the main European arm of fallen U.S. auto giant General Motors.
If politics prevail, as seems likely, the cost to German taxpayers will be higher and the chances of commercial success lower.

from MacroScope:

Is it time to ditch the dollar?

July 8, 2009

Judging from the draft communique of the G8 leaders meeting in L'Aquila, no one is in a particular hurry to talk about ending the domination of the dollar in world  currency reserves.  Our correspondents at the Italian summit report that the debate being pushed by China and others is likely to be played down.

G8 signals end to dollar supremacy

July 3, 2009

john_kemp- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. -

Reports that China has asked for a discussion about reserve currencies at next week’s expanded Group of Eight summit in Italy has added to confusion about whether the country wants to dethrone the dollar from its status as the world’s sole reserve currency. But the very fact the issue has been pushed onto the agenda suggests that a fundamental shift is underway.

from The Great Debate:

China risks overcooking the economy

July 2, 2009

Wei Gu-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

While China has been outspoken in expressing concern about the United States printing too much money, those worries might be better focused at home. No country beats China when it comes to effective monetary easing.

from The Great Debate:

China’s Web filtering starts in the West

By Eric Auchard
July 1, 2009

Eric Auchard-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

The Chinese government has backed away from mandating filtering software on all personal computers in China, in a move that averts a dangerous escalation in its censorship powers.

from Events:

Paris Air Show: Europe, when will you reach the stars?

June 17, 2009

-Maria Sheahan is a Reuters senior correspondent in Frankfurt.-

So far, Europe has left it up to the United States, Russia and China to send people into space. But almost 50 years after Russia's Yuri Gagarin made his first orbit around the earth, it's about time that Europe finally enter the playing field, some say.

from The Great Debate:

Bet on small firms to lead China global foray

By Wei Gu
June 17, 2009

Wei Gu--Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own--

Chairman Mao used to say the truth is always kept by the minority.

A little-known private Chinese machinery company's bid for a GM marque has been sneered at by even the patriotic Chinese media, but the deal could succeed where mightier plays like Chinalco's for Rio Tinto have failed.

from The Great Debate:

China’s U.S. debt overhang needs Chinese cure

June 3, 2009

Wei Gu -- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. --

When U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told students at Peking University that China's holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds were safe, his answer drew loud laughter from the audience.

from The Great Debate:

The ugly attraction of fast shrinking Japan

May 21, 2009

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

Sure, seeing your economy shrink at a 15 percent annual clip is depressing, quite literally, but if you believe in even a tepid global economic recovery in the second half, then Japan is actually attractive.

from The Great Debate:

Time for China to act on foreign listings

May 20, 2009

wei_gu_debate-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

China has talked about plans to allow foreign companies to float on its domestic stock markets for at least a decade, but that's all there has been: talk.