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The GPI draws on both a rich pool of international thinkers, academics, and professionals from diverse backgrounds, including international affairs, banking and finance, industry, technology and science, media and international organisations. What we all have in common is a strong belief that new and fresh ideas are needed for a rapidly changing world, and a shared dedication to devising innovative yet practical policy solutions to that can make a real difference.

Global Britain: Delusions of Grandeur?

Leaving aside the overblown rhetoric and repetitious structure of the document, the recently published UK strategic defence, security, and foreign policy review (SDSFR), Global Britain in a Competitive Age,1 is likely to encounter criticism from various quarters. This is perhaps...
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Annual CIPD Reward Management Survey

In the 17th annual reward management survey researched and written for the CIPD, published on March 5th, 2021, the focus is on the impact that COVID-19 and the ensuing economic turmoil have had on employee reward management practices in the...
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India, UK Agree to Immediate ‘Enhanced Trade Partnership’

The British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry released a joint statement today laying the groundwork for an ‘Enhanced Trade Partnership’ (ETP) following meetings held this past weekend in Delhi. READ THE FULL...
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The UK’s New Start – A Reality Check

The UK government has five months to go before the UK-EU transition period expires. We are being told how, from January 1st, 2021, the UK will be entering a new era of global opportunities. The recently launched government campaign slogan...
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The Huawei Conflict: A Front in the New Cold War

We appear to have entered a new Cold War between the US and China. There are a number of fronts across a widening battlefield. One of them concerns the issue of the provision of 5G equipment to countries, including the...
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L’homme du 18 Juin

Yesterday’s summit between the Prime Minister and President Macron, on the margins of the latter’s visit to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General De Gaulle’s broadcast from London in 1940 announcing his resolution to continue fighting in the name of France,...
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UK-EU Summit: Fishy

The British government has been making a significant effort to present the video conference between the Prime Minister and the Presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament on Monday as constituting something of a breakthrough in the negotiations over...
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Brexit: How “No Deal” became the bookies’ favourite

Many commentators and political actors have only recently begun to take seriously the possibility that the “transition period” for the UK’s exit from the European Union will end on 31st December 2020 without an agreement on the future EU/UK trading relationship....
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Incoming Statistics – Duck, Duck, Duck!

We are being bombarded with statistics, wave-like attacks. The debt statistics of the great financial crash starting in 2008, then the awakening interest in inequality, and now the dreadful stats of Covid-19, which are instigating another wave of debt and...
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A GLOBAL SUMMARY OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS: ASSESSMENT TO APRIL 2020

This is a top down view of the progress of the Covid-19 virus and the global pandemic. It summarizes information obtained from John Hopkins University, and presented in a different form. The world is divided into 8 regions, and the...
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COVID-19, CORONA BONDS AND “KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD”

What I see is European construction drifting towards a free-trade zone, that is to say an English-style Europe, which I reject. If we do nothing, this will lead in 15 years to a break-up. I reject a Europe that would be...
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Discovering Society in a Global Age

As different countries take measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, much is being revealed about the nature of different forms of society. In some it is revealed as strong, in others weak, and in others a fatalism about the lack...
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Re-setting the Liberal Centre

Liberalism has been an unprecedented success story in the western world over the last five centuries, and liberal democracy over the last few decades. The collapse of Soviet socialism owed much to the paradigm shift from collectivism to individualism. However, the...
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Open Letter to Christine Lagarde, Incoming President of the ECB

Open Letter to Christine Lagarde (President-Elect ECB), Ursula von der Leyen (President-Elect EU Commission), Roberto Gualtieri (Chair of EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee), Christoph Schmidt (Chair of the German Council of Economic Experts).   Dear President-Elect Madame Lagarde, You...
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Your choice: Brexit or the Union

It is high time Brexiteers admitted they must either choose Brexit, or the preservation of the UK, but they cannot have both, says John Stevens. There is a spectre haunting Brexit: the spectre of the break-up of the United Kingdom....
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