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

    September 22, 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…Read on

    Theresa May’s Florence speech coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the UK leaving the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), the precursor to the Euro, writes Manish Singh. 16th September 1992 has since become known as “Black Wednesday” due to the market turmoil and the losses it caused to the UK Treasury. 

    The decision to join the ERM was championed by John Major, then Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet. As per the rules that governed the ERM, member countries agreed to fix their exchange rates with each other. Since Germany had the strongest economy in Europe, each country set its currency’s value in Deutschmarks (DM).  The exchange rate was allowed to fluctuate…Read on

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