Why Christine Lagarde Should Never Be Head Of The IMF – by Liam Halligan

Christine Lagarde is in poll position. Having put her name forward last week, the silver-haired French finance minister may well become the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Lagarde has, with a depressing inevitability, secured the backing … Continue reading

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Dogmatists Raise the Costs of Eurozone Crisis – by Wolfgang Münchau

It is getting harder, politically. Finland and Germany have approved the bail-out of Portugal. But it is not clear whether both will vote in favour of the second Greek loan package, due this autumn. I still think they might, but … Continue reading

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A Statesman Speaks – Lee Kwan Yew Interview

One of the great Statesmen of the 20th Century, Lee Kwan Yew interviewed by (the rather pedestrian) Charlie Rose: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11573

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The Political Causes of a Not-so-secret Meeting – by Wolfgang Münchau

They cannot even organise a private meeting. How, then, can they solve a debt crisis? The bungling of a not-so-secret gathering of finance ministers in Luxembourg on Friday night provides an object lesson in how the politics of eurozone crisis … Continue reading

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Pakistan Seeks Solace in the Kremlin – by M. K. Bhadrakumar

The Kremlin has announced a three-day “official visit” by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to Russia beginning next Wednesday at the invitation of President Dmitry Medvedev. Such visits are scheduled in advance while formal announcements are kept until a later … Continue reading

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