Monthly Archives: July 2015

Summit

“The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place.” So thought the late US Senator Barry Goldwater and anybody who follows summits, particularly those that regularly take place in Brussels, would be hard put … Continue reading

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Standing Down

“Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” So thought Charles de Gaulle, a man who took Gallic charm to new depths. But in this at least he was correct, and the problem we now face … Continue reading

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Father

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” So thought economist John Kenneth Galbraith and, had he been alive today, I doubt the succession of meetings on Greece and the Euro would have changed his mind. Who, in … Continue reading

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Promises

“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.” This healthy dose of cynicism comes, of course, from the French, Charles de Gaulle to be specific but is now, alas, of … Continue reading

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