The virus that menaces us all

In my view by Paul Polke – Most people see war as bullets and bombs and are blissfully unaware of conflict in its other forms. Largely unnoticed is pre-conflict propaganda to demonise the foe; subversion, fiscal strategy, trade embargoes and viral war. There is no such thing as a declaration of war or...

Geo-politics. Try to keep up

In my view by Paul Polke: There is considerable Russian chutzpah over their concern at NATO encirclement and EU resistance to overtures of friendship. It works both ways. Russia’s Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev are no slouches when it comes to making advances upon their neighbours interests....

When the numbers don’t add up

In my view by Paul Polke – IT seems that fiscal forecasts sometimes aren’t worth much more than the bank notes they are written on. We want to know where to invest; which economies are safe, where the next debt crisis will strike; who needs bailing out? How long will our downturn last and is there...

We are all Rhodesians now

In my view by Paul Polke – TO most Europeans the Dark Continent is so radically different in culture, history, religion and language that it might easily be situated on the far side of the earth. With revolutionary fervour sweeping through the region there are many who might be forgiven for wishing it...

President who?

In my view by Paul Polke – I cannot imagine there being many Americans who wouldn’t know the name of their president. I wonder how many Europeans know the name of theirs or could put a name to his face. Are they interested? It is unlikely. He does gravitate towards more rarefied circles so one is...

Recession! What recession

THERE is a tendency to think of the European Union and the United States as barometers if not the harbingers of world trade and wealth. In reality this is no longer the case for whilst they dig themselves out of a fiscal swamp of their own making the rest of the world is doing rather well thank you. In the...

The Arab revolutions and Europe

THERE is another Mediterranean which we ignore at our peril; it is that of the North African nations facing Europe’s southern coastlines. A world apart in culture they may be, but in kilometres they are closer than most of Spain’s EU neighbours; they also offer more trading opportunities. Whatever our...

Should taxpayers bail out bungling banks?

AT street level the financial crisis raises the question; should governments expect taxpayers to bail out bungling banks? Many believe banks and their shareholders, like any other failed business, should go to the wall. Some governments think otherwise so who is right and who is wrong? On this matter trust...

Shock UK slump will hit Spain’s economy

The shock contraction of the UK economy is a wake up call to the Spanish tourist and property sector. Over reliance on the British market; complacency that the British Spanish love affair would continue, will evaporate on the news that the UK economy shrunk by 0.5% during the last quarter of 2010. The news...

Spanish debt on China’s shopping list

THE world, including Spain, is never quite as we imagine it to be. I am not sure which I find the most intriguing of the week’s stories: The revelation that poet and painter, Pablo Picasso, then the world’s most famous communist, was collaborating with Spain’s General Franco. At Cardiff airport a...

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