Jun 1st 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

At elections for the European Parliament, a predicted surge by populists and nationalists failed to materialise, though such parties gained seats in Italy and Britain. The new parliament will be much more fragmented than the old one, thanks to a strong showing by green and liberal parties. The traditional main groupings, the centre-right European People’s Party …

Business this week

Business this week

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed that it was seeking a merger with Renault, a combination that would create the world’s third-largest car company behind Volkswagen and Toyota. FCA and Renault hope the merger will save cash to bolster investments in electric vehicles and self-driving cars. But Renault is also in a close partnership with Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi. That …

The next to blow Britain’s constitutional time-bomb

The next to blow Britain’s constitutional time-bomb

Brexit is already a political crisis. Sooner or later it will become a constitutional crisis, too BRITONS PRIDE themselves on their “unwritten” constitution. America, France and Germany need rules to be set down in black and white. In the Mother of Parliaments democracy has blossomed for over 300 years without coups, revolution or civil war, Irish …

Buggins belongs at the back When picking leaders, the EU should put skill before box-ticking

Buggins belongs at the back When picking leaders, the EU should put skill before box-ticking

Surely Europe can find a better president than Manfred Weber? SEEN FROM afar, Europe is shrinking and ineffective. In Germany Angela Merkel’s chancellorship is winding down. Domestic woes bedevil the French president, Emmanuel Macron. Britain is leaving the EU, which is divided between east and west, north and south, liberals and authoritarians. The big centre-right and centre-left …