Author Archives: Ian

About Ian

A journalist working in Brussels

Berlusconi jailed for four years – but he held up eurozone recovery for almost as long

The news that ex-Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud has been greeted with almost universal glee. The king of bunga bunga avoided paying taxes on the rights that Mediaset, his … Continue reading

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The relationship between the European Union and the International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is involved in a deep, complex and potentially corrosive relationship with the European Union over the response to the eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis. While the IMF has helped shape policy, thrown cash at the deepening … Continue reading

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G20 in Cannes: Nothing short of a disaster for the EU

When, 24 hours behind schedule, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy gave a joint press conference at last week’s G20 meeting, they had all the appearance of rabbits caught in the glare of headlights. A world-changing event such as … Continue reading

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