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The divisions that fracture the EU run deep. Germany dominates the economic relationship between the EU and China, and this reflects a significant division in Europe. But this division is itself the result of much deeper differences, especially within the Eurozone. The creation of the euro brought with it the illusion of a single economy… » read more

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China Breaks the Mould

The Shanghai interbank lending rate (SHIBOR) has hit record highs in recent days, making headlines and causing a degree of shock around the world. While the government’s squeeze on interbank lending is a bold move by China’s new leadership, it is not entirely out of the blue. In recent months the leadership of Xi Jinping… » read more

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China Gets Interesting Again

In Europe, the first stage of the transition to China’s leadership at the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in November was greeted with almost universal disappointment. The disappointment among many media commentators and other analysts was primarily based on the supposed “conservatism” of the new Politburo Standing Committee members, and also the lack of clear… » read more

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Now that Silvio Berlusconi has apparently confirmed he will once again seek to become Italian Prime Minister, if they have not learned from experience, Italians might note the advice of Han Fei, the most important of China’s Legalist political thinkers, written over 2000 years ago. The tenth chapter of the Han Fei Zi, titled Ten… » read more

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The Blog Of Changes

Change is in the air. In China a leadership transition is taking place amid debate over the future of its economic and political model. At the same time the EU cannot avoid fundamental change in order to resolve its crisis. This occurs at a time when change on a global scale is taking place, not… » read more

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