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Brxit

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UK prime minister Theresa May’s government is engaged in high stakes negotiations over the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There are some fundamental differences between the UK government and the EU’s negotiating task force, with time... more

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Angela Merkel

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After 18 years as chairwoman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union and 13 years as German chancellor, Angela Merkel surprised the public and her own party colleagues by announcing her intention to withdraw from politics. It is somewhat... more

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Angela Merkel

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German politics has been dominated by two parties since the end of the war – the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats. Yet, recent election results in the southern state of Bavaria and in the central region of Hesse are evidence that they... more

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Christmas party in Friedland

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German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to keep her country’s borders open and give shelter to hundreds of thousands of refugees was praised by commentators and leaders around the world. Her decision was also approved of by thousands of... more

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Angela Merkel

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Looking at a recent cover of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, one might be forgiven for thinking that all is lost for the Fatherland. A dismal performance of the German national football team (Die Mannschaft) is seen as the consequence of a... more

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Banks in Frankfurt Skyline

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At a recent NPL industry event, a banker credited with completing some of the largest European NPL sales observed: “The Irish and UK banks were distressed sellers. Now their banks are on the path to recovery. The Italian banks refused... more

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Brexit London

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Philip Hammond, the UK chancellor of the exchequer, has the challenging job of crafting the best possible deal for the City of London after Brexit. The City is the home of the financial services industry which makes up 10% of the UK economy and is on more

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Humboldt University - Berlin

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The UK is currently the second-largest recipient of competitive research funding from the EU: 6% of students and 17% of staff in UK universities are from other EU countries. Nearly half of academic papers produced by the UK are written in... more

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Europe at night

Alasdair Rae, Author provided

It’s often said that England is the most densely populated large country in Europe – typically in discussions about the nation’s rising population, and the growing strain on public services. But it’s not true. more

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GroKo

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After tense debate, Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) conference in Bonn gave the go-ahead for the party to enter formal government coalition negotiations with the union parties, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its... more

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