Pyrrhic Victory Over Greek Monster

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Without a deal between Athens and Brussels and the IMF on economic reforms and repayments of loans within the next couple of months a Grexit or Graccident would be the most extreme outcome. We cannot rule out that the parties will fail to find a solution seeing as how the Greeks are dawdling and in the light of the harsh words uttered by, among others, Germany.

What Grexit Means for Brexit

Andrew Duff | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

For the British, who are about to enter into their own version of a populist election on an anti-European thesis, there are lessons to learn from Greece... Watch how the British ties come off, and the gloves go on.

Britain Enraged But Not Engaged

Andrew Duff | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The Liberal Democrats brought stability of government when they formed the coalition with the Conservatives in May 2010, and it will be their joint management of the British economy through the crisis that will dominate this May's election campaign...

German Umbrella Will Not Protect Eurozone Against Political-Economic Rain and Hail

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

The markets hope that after the elections Merkel will be more amenable in areas such as the banking union and additional bailouts for distressed Eurozone countries. Alas, the Germans will not change their stance very much.

Following a Quiet Euro Summer, a Stormy Fall and Icy Winter

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

In central and eastern Europe political and economic distress is on the increase. Growth expectations are adjusted downwards in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria where corruption, authoritarian tendencies, and outright political crises are rife.

Spain's Austerity Measures Will Leave Children Out of School

Pauline Rose | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

Recent news from Spain suggests that the reality could be even worse - that aid to education could be sliding backwards. This news could not come at a worse time.

Mediterranean Maelstrom Causes Vodafone To Report £5.92bn Writedown

Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

Mobile phone giant Vodafone has suffered a half-year loss after being forced to write down the value of its operations in Italy and Spain. The Brit...

UK and the EU: Going, Going, Gone!

Victor Jimenez | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK Politics
Victor Jimenez

The risk for the coalition in Downing Street of embracing this British isolationist sentiment is that it does not embody a rational movement, but a spasm.

Individualism Undermines Leadership in the West

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

If the West fails to mend its ways it will be like a mammoth tanker that is no longer able to change course. Under such conditions only a much bigger and deeper crisis can force countries to act differently. Yet by then they will no longer have a safety net to cushion the blow and spread the pain.