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‘Balanced Budgets or Battleships?’, by John Keiger

The French President must reform the economy at home if his aim of returning France to its position as a world leader is to succeed, says John Keiger

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‘Free to Trade! UK-US trade deal can be negotiated now’, by David Collins

Liam Fox’s Washington talks highlight Britain’s freedom to negotiate trade deals for March 2019, says international economic lawyer, David Collins.
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‘Mosul Matters: A Wake-up Call for Foreign Policy’, by John Baron MP

John Baron MP, the author of ‘Hard Choices: Britain’s Foreign Policy for a Dangerous World’, considers how UK policy in the Middle East generally went so hopelessly wrong over the last 15 years.

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‘Balanced Budgets or Battleships?’, by John Keiger

The French President must reform the economy at home if his aim of returning France to its position as a world leader is to succeed, says John Keiger

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‘Free to Trade! UK-US trade deal can be negotiated now’, by David Collins

Liam Fox’s Washington talks highlight Britain’s freedom to negotiate trade deals for March 2019, says international economic lawyer, David Collins.
Read on

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‘Mosul Matters: A Wake-up Call for Foreign Policy’, by John Baron MP

John Baron MP, the author of ‘Hard Choices: Britain’s Foreign Policy for a Dangerous World’, considers how UK policy in the Middle East generally went so hopelessly wrong over the last 15 years.

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Politeia in Manchester

How to Leave the EU: What’s Best for Trade, the Economy, Borders and Transition?
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Speaking:
Rt Hon John Redwood MP; Jacob Rees-Mogg MP; Charlie Elphicke MP; Liam Halligan

The UK, The EU & Global Trade: What Deal’s the Best Deal?
1-2.15pm, Tue 3 October
Speaking:
Stephen Hammond MP; James Cleverly MP; Barnabas Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Martin Howe QC

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Address by the Solicitor General

Over the past year, Britain’s separation of powers has become a subject of much political debate. In the autumn, the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP will discuss the role of his department and its responsibilities for upholding the rule of law which binds all three constitutional powers.

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  • ‘Balanced Budgets or Battleships?’, by John Keiger

    September 21, 2017

    The French President must reform the economy at home if his aim of returning France to its position as a world leader is to succeed, writes John Keiger:

    It is a French tradition that Presidents of the Republic do not comment on French domestic affairs when abroad. Emmanuel Macron, who since his election has spent much time abroad proclaiming «France is back!», broke that rule last week when on a state visit to Greece. Commenting on the demonstrations organised for 12 September against his labour law reforms, he declared that he would not give in to ‘the lazy, the cynics and the extremists’.
     
    His opponents had already deemed his enactment of labour reform by decree as a social coup d’état. The ensuing polemic now led some virulent opponents to draw parallels with President de Gaulle’s withdrawal to Baden Baden, at the height of the demonstrations and strikes that blocked France in the spring of 1968, to consult the French army on the Rhine, about its possible support. But more importantly the incident was an example of two seemingly separate aspects of Macron’s policy axioms : restoring France to her rightful international rank and reforming France’s economy. In reality both are inextricably linked. According to Macron’s own analysis the former cannot be achieved without the latter. To take but two examples : not until France reduces her budget deficit to the 3% required by Europe (whose target she twice missed under Hollande) will she be taken seriously by Germany in order to effect the reforms that Macron wishes to push through in Europe…Read on

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