David Marsh on Boris Johnson, AfD enjoys eastern German surge, and Italy’s political crisis

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David Marsh on Boris Johnson, AfD enjoys eastern German surge, and Italy’s political crisis


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2-6 September 2019, Vol.10 Ed.36
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Failure of bravado:Boris Johnson’s bravado has failed to secure the UK cohesive government or negotiating advantage on leaving the EU, writes David Marsh. The prime minister’s series of parliamentary rebuffs this week from Conservative rebels and opposition parties represents justice, wisdom and common sense.

Johnson’s suspension ploy backfires: UK politicians opposing a ‘hard’ Brexit have been considering ways to thwart Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal strategy. Now, with their dramatic 328-301 parliamentary vote on 3 September to take control of the agenda, the rebels have gained the upper hand, writes Meghnad Desai. Read more.


AfD surge brings fresh ECB hurdles:
The surge of the anti-euro, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in east German politics poses further complications for ECB plans for further monetary easing, writes David Marsh. In Sunday’s elections in Saxony and Brandenburg the AfD gained significantly against traditional parties. Read more.


Italy’s political crisis: Domenico Fanizza, executive director for Italy, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Albania and San Marino at the International Monetary Fund, and Erik Jones, professor of European studies at Johns Hopkins University, join OMFIF’s Sofia Melis to discuss Italy’s latest political crisis. Listen to the recording.


Big tech gaining trust over governments: Trust in large technology firms is growing. Younger generations are more familiar with their mobile phones and applications than with their governments. The logical next step is for big tech companies, such as Facebook, to create their own currencies, writes Herbert Poenisch. Read more.

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