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Brexit and the banks

By Barbara Casu Lukac in Economics and Finance, January 15, 2017

Several cities are vying to replace London as Europe’s financial capital post-Brexit. What will make banks leave, and what will make banks stay? A commentary by the Professor of Banking and Finance at City University of London.

How Central Banks Set Interest Rates

By Richard Barwell in Economics and Finance, January 8, 2017

It is generally assumed that central bankers often argue over the appropriate conduct of monetary policy. Focusing on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, there is no evidence that they disagree with one another in any meaningful sense.

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

By Sergii Leshchenko in Politics, January 7, 2017

In Ukraine, revolution and reform has given way to reaction, with vested interests entrenching themselves even further.

Catalonia revisited: farewell to great expectations?

By Patrice de Beer in Politics,

History has shown that the fight of even a united people for independence is often a hard and protracted struggle.

Another arrested revolution in the East

By L K Sharma in Politics, December 14, 2016

Donald Trump ought to thank Modi for showing the way to electoral success. More and more leaders are convinced that perpetual confrontation pays in politics.

Australia stalling on Great Barrier Reef protection

By Jon C Day, Alana Grech, Jon Brodie in Environment, December 9, 2016

The world’s most iconic reef needs far more help than Australia claims in its latest report to UNESCO.

Quo vadis, Europa? A conversation with Quentin Peel.

By Francesc Badia i Dalmases in Features,

Quentin Peel is an associate fellow with the Europe Programme at Chatham House and former foreign affairs editor with the Financial Times.

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

By Oscar Reyes in Environment, December 6, 2016

Climate activists remain hopeful despite the potentially disastrous Trump administration.

Across the Namibian Desert

By Olga Iazzarelli in Travel Writing, December 4, 2016

Accompanying us each day was the sun’s flaming orb, rising each morning and setting each night – an unvarying ball of fire burnishing the red sandy deserts of Namibia.

Italy: the next domino to fall

By Michele Monni in Politics, November 28, 2016

In less than two weeks, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi might become the next victim of the current anti-establishment global trend, as Italians vote on a controversial referendum seen as a plebiscite on Renzi himself.