London Calling, Germany Sours on Russia, Globalization’s Victims, Obama in Europe, Hard to Know, Pig in a Poke

John Waterhouse (1885) from Saint Eulalia, Tate Britain

What I’m listening to. 

Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben, Cantata BWV 147: 10. Choral: "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude”

French Jews leave for London: canary in coal mine.

New York Times - London Becomes a Leading Destination for French Jews After Attacks  

For Kevin Nakache, the breaking point came last year. First, one of his friends was gunned down in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris a few days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Then, in October, Mr. Nakache’s former Hebrew teacher barely escaped a knife attack in Marseille, his hometown in southern France, where violence against Jews is on the rise.

Germany looks to Russia no more

Economist - Fool me once

Germany’s establishment once believed in conciliation with Russia. No longer.

Meanwhile, from London to Berlin.

The Times - Obama pushes for trade deal with EU

President Obama said yesterday that he hoped to complete a trade pact with the EU by the end of the year as he underlined his warning that Britain would lose out by voting for Brexit.

Ying and yang.

Financial Times - The revenge of globalisation’s losers

Its failure in the west is down to democracies’ inability to cope with the economic shocks.

The economic consequences of Brexit are unknowable, period.

The Telegraph - The things economists know. . . and don’t know about Brexit

Last week we were treated to a fine exhibition of the economist’s art. I refer to the Treasury study of the economic impact of Brexit, which told us that in 15 years’ time, on a central view, the average British household would be worse off by £4,300 a year. This episode has prompted me to think about what it is that economists know – and what they don’t.


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Twin Virtues

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