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Without intervention in Syria, Assad will win.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/gains-and-countergains-where-things-stand-after-the-latest-advance-of-the-assad-regime/ “Britain, France and the US now have to do a lot of thinking about what will happen if the Geneva process collapses. ” Without intervention, the Assad regime will win, its allies have shown their willingness to see to that. Iran extended a line of credit worth over $4b to Syria, assets that it …

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British euroscepticism is European, too.

Good analysis by Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh and Quentin Peel over at the ft. Germans and Dutch do welcome British pressure to offset the French interests. Especially since Cameron changed tack late last winter with the budget renegotiations. And indeed with the electorate pressing for change this really is a huge opportunity for Britain to show …

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UK, EU, US and Poland

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/britain-poland-and-the-future-of-the-eu/ Many Poles are disappointed in Britain. The original thinking is that Poland needs the UK and by extension the US to maintain independence from Russia and Germany. The UK’s dithering versus Europe may have made it an unreliable security partner in the eyes of many Polish. ‘How much does the UK really care?’ they …

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French socialists attack ‘selfish’ Merkel

The French socialists are angry and desperate as they’re seeing their mandate evaporate in the polls. So they try this. They might as well have reproduced the swastika and moustache. This is almost as tasteless and vile as what many Greeks did. Can a French President be deposed? Playing populist politics with the leading alliance …

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One-eyed Economists may not see so much depth

Imagine you work for Dijsselbloem at the Dutch treasury. Your pay has been frozen for four years,so over those years you lost some 8% purchasing power to inflation. But currently inflation is at 3% and rising; you’ll lose even more income this year. Your house lost 40,000 euro in value but your mortgage of course …

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