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  • Are we really in recession?

    Are we really in recession?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Whilst  in Kuala Lumpur last week, I was reliably informed that the initial ONS data suggests the UK is in recession - with a 0.2% contraction in Q1 2012. This surprised me, and proved difficult to square with much of the economic survey data.Though it is of little help to ...
  • The French Presidential Elections: who really won the first round?

    The French Presidential Elections: who really won the first round?

    Jeremy Jennings | | Europe
    Professor Jeremy Jennings, expert on French political philosophy, notes that Marine Le Pen and her anti-EU policies are the real winners of the first round of the French vote. Make no mistake. There was only one winner of the first round of France’s presidential election on April 22 and it was ...
  • The State of Italian Politics

    The State of Italian Politics

    Centro Einaudi | | Europe
    In the first of a quarterly series of updates from the Italian political scene, the Centro Einaudi - a think tank dedicated to the legacy of former Prime Minister Luigi Einaudi - notes that as the economic situation returns from the brink, it becomes harder to convince the Italian public ...
  • A response to Tim Yeo

    A response to Tim Yeo

    Lord Lawson | | Energy
    Following on from our online debate "Is there a valid economic case for 'going green' in an 'age of austerity'?", Lord Lawson hits back at Tim Yeo in the final part of the debate.As President of the Renewable Energy Association, described on its website as “The voice of the renewables ...
  • Civil liberties and the politics of opposition

    Civil liberties and the politics of opposition

    Kieron O'Hara blogs on the aftermath of the government's proposal and subsequent backing-off of New Labour-style security database measures. During the Easter holiday, the dust has sort of settled after the argument about civil liberties versus security, particularly with respect to monitoring the Internet for communications – now ‘draft legislation’ as ...
  • Visiting Ronald Reagan's Ranch

    Visiting Ronald Reagan's Ranch

    Ryan Bourne | | US Politics
    I’ve just returned from an incredible week in California, where I was part of a Young Britons’ Foundation delegation. As part of the trip, our group had the opportunity to visit both the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan Presidential Libraries. Like most memorials in America, these were incredibly grand – ...