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Europe's parliament comes alive at last

EUROPEAN Parliament elections used to be a boring affair, forsaken by voters and barely noticed by the media. But the latest election, held in the last weekend of May, broke the mould, capturing attention as it confounded expectations.

Don't fear the Euroskeptic parties as elections loom

AS THE European Parliament elections draw closer, most opinion polls predict a strong showing by parties that declare themselves Euroskeptic to varying degrees. But their likely success represents an unsurprising backlash against recent European integration, rather than opposition to the...

Trump's imperial-style overreach on trade may prove detrimental to US

TWO recent developments are bringing America's trade strategy toward China into focus. The first, which affects bilateral trade negotiations, is no surprise: US President Donald Trump has abandoned his bluster for vague promises - to enforce property rights, loosen restrictions on foreign...

The mirage of a global euro

ONE of the great claims made for the euro was that it would rival the US dollar as a second global reserve currency. These hopes have failed to materialise. The euro's importance in global reserves and financial markets today is about the same as it was two decades ago, when it replaced the...

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The euro turns 20 with valuable takeaways for policymakers

TWENTY years ago this month, the euro was born. For ordinary citizens, little changed until cash euros were introduced in 2002. But in January 1999, the "third stage" of the Economic and Monetary Union officially started, with the exchange rates among the original 11 eurozone member...

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Are China's trade practices really unfair?

THE temporary truce reached by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the just-concluded G20 meeting in Buenos Aires should give both sides some time to reflect on the issues in question. And the most fundamental of those issues is whether American grievances against...

Myth of China's forced technology transfer

EVEN as observers in developed countries criticise US President Donald Trump's use of blunt tools such as tariffs against China, many believe that he is responding to a real problem. China, they argue, really is engaging in unfair trading practices. But is it?...

Trump's trade war may benefit most global economies

THE contours of US President Donald Trump's trade strategy are becoming clearer by the day. America's trading partners face dramatic threats....

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Anti-immigrant feelings: too many men, too few women

THE rate at which migrants are arriving has diminished considerably almost everywhere in Europe since the huge inflows seen in 2015. Yet migration continues to dominate political debate throughout the European Union. This suggests that populist, anti-immigrant sentiment is not actually being...

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Europe scores a trade coup

ALL has gone quiet on the trans-Atlantic trade front, with last month's agreement between US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker having dispelled fears of an all-out tariff war. The deal was surprising, but perhaps it shouldn't have been....

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The European Union's Dublin Regulation poser

TENSIONS over immigration continue to dominate European politics. In Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, a populist firebrand, is monopolising the public's attention with almost daily outbursts against immigrants....