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A Turning Point? The Failure of the German Coalition Talks

20 November 2017

While the international, that is the English-language, media, pursues its obsessive interest in President Trump, and the British press focuses on the minutiae of the Brexit negotiations, an event which occurred in Berlin this weekend is arguably the most important foreign news development in the [read more]

The Crisis in Catalonia: 1st October 2017

1 October 2017

The Spanish interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, described the response of the Guardia Civil and Spanish police in Catalonia on the 1st October 2017, as “proportional and professional”, this was not a view shared by many in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, and by those who saw the [read more]

German Energy Policy Following the 2017 Election

26 September 2017

As the dust settles on the results of the German election, it is becoming obvious that the fall in votes for the two largest parties, including Angela Merkel’s CDU, will mean significant changes in German policies in a number of areas. There has also been speculation that the CDU will form a [read more]

Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

Problems in the global agrochemical market

22 June 2016

With all the problems and uncertainties the world faces in feeding its growing population it is easy to see new technologies as a “get-out-of-jail card”, but by their nature, they have unquantifiable outcomes, they represent an experiment with our eco-system. At present there is no sign of [read more]

The Lessons from the Buncefield Explosion

27 November 2014

The Buncefield explosion at Hemel Hempstead, to the north of London, which occurred in December 2005, was caused by the overflow of 300 tons of petrol from a storage tank. A fuel-air vapour cloud was created and this subsequently ignited with an explosion that was felt across a wide area of [read more]

The Great Rebalancing – Michael Pettis

22 November 2014

Michael Pettis has gained a reputation for his forthright articles on the Chinese economy and financial markets, which he publishes in his blog http://blog.mpettis.com (some of which are reproduced on The World in Crisis, with his kind permission) and in international media like The Wall Street [read more]
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