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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Lessons from Greece

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The origins of the crisis facing the EU in its relations with Greece date back to the launch of the euro in 1999. Everyone knew that Greece did not satisfy the entry criteria but the figures were massaged and the country was allowed to join on the grounds that the discipline imposed by the Growth […]

Tolstoy’s River

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In the concluding chapters of War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy compares the course of history to a vast fast flowing river, driven by irresistible natural forces and carrying all before it; the role of the statesman is to navigate the ship of state, taking advantage of the currents, attempts to sail against the stream usually […]

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