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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asian leaders failing to learn from past

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 03:07pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... on defeated Germany. Repercussions of the Great War rumble on today, especially in the Middle East: the Balfour Declaration promised, but did not accomplish, a Jewish homeland; Britain and France ...

  2. G20 map may not lead out of woods

    Posted Apr 07th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of the votes, far below Japan, Germany, France and Britain, all of which have fought jealously to resist their relegation in the IMF league table to match their economic weight. The G20 also promised ... or India, and with three places each for France, Germany, Italy, Britain, the US and Canada, and one each for Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland plus others for international ...

  3. What the G20 needs now is a G5.75

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... to keep them honest. The sensible answer is to disband the G7 and let the G5.75 take over. It is high time to dissolve the quintuple dipping by the Europeans (France, Germany, Italy, Britain plus ...

  4. Footballers unscathed by recession

    Posted Aug 18th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... for by the Big Five European leagues- the Premier League plus France's Ligue 1, Germany's Bundesliga, Spain's Primera Liga and Serie A of Italy. In euro terms, the Premier League generated ...

  5. Euro humbug on a grand scale

    Posted Oct 31st 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... France, Germany, Italy and Britain all get to sit at the Group of 20. If the EU gets its own seat and Blair gets an extra meeting with US President Barack Obama and Hu Jintao, that is a double ... because the real power is wielded by France, Germany and other individual states. Peter Mandelson, an arrogant but highly competent British minister, demonstrated this when he gave up being EU ...

  6. Oil warning lights on as price surges

    Posted Nov 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... as a benchmark price for oil that is 'fair' for both consumers and producers. This year, Britain's Gordon Brown and France's Nicolas Sarkozy expressed concern about 'damaging ...

  7. Big bankers revive greed culture with vengeance

    Posted Oct 27th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... were reluctant to contemplate such radical actions as capping salaries and bonuses that had been urged by France and Germany. In the case of the US, Goldman supplied treasury secretaries ...

  8. Twenty leaders, not one good idea

    Posted Nov 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of wounds imposed by the US and European Union, notably France). But the communique contained too many fine words that added up to no bankable promises. There weren't even any empty promises ... was to allow China to creep up to 3.66 per cent shareholding in the IMF, against 16 per cent for the US and 6 per cent for Japan, more than 5 per cent for Germany and almost 5 per cent each for France ...

  9. G30-something too diverse to succeed

    Posted Mar 31st 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... the main engine of growth, has fallen 9 per cent. Protectionism is growing, from the United States and Russia to China and India. The US, France, Germany and Japan are looking for ways to protect ...

  10. Continent of hope let down again

    Posted Jul 12th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... of the agenda at the G8 summit in Hokkaido. Former colonial powers France and Italy take the top award. They led attempts to dilute the commitment to increase aid to Africa made at the 2005 Gleneagles ... of the pledged money has been paid to Africa. Luckily, Britain and Germany resisted France's and Italy's efforts, but whether the west will keep its promises remains an open question. Apart ...




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