Tag Archives: EU

Charlemagne | Why Europe should take the lead on trade

Charlemagne | Why Europe should take the lead on trade

Who else will speak up for consumers? “THIS IS DEEPLY offensive,” declares Cecilia Malmstrom, gesticulating around her orchid-lined office in the European Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters. “We have colleagues here whose parents fought together [with the Americans] on the Normandy coast and we are a threat to national security?” The EU’s trade commissioner is referring to Donald Trump’s …

Bagehot | When two tribes go to lunch

Bagehot | When two tribes go to lunch

Despite being locked in conflict, Leavers and Remainers have some striking things in common THE MOST powerful tool at the political journalist’s disposal is the lunch invitation. You take a senior politician out to an expensive restaurant in the hope that good food and hot gossip will loosen the ministerial tongue. This was easier in the …

Schumpeter | The Redmond doctrine

Schumpeter | The Redmond doctrine

Lessons from Microsoft’s corporate foreign policy IS MICROSOFT A digital nation and does it have a secretary of state? The answer of Brad Smith, the software giant’s top lawyer, is, well, diplomatic. Nation states are run by governments and firms need to be accountable to them, he says. But yes, he admits, he worries a lot …