The Economist: Dec 01, 2010 at 2320 hrsSo many conferences are held in Hong Kong that it is hard to believe one could ever be full. Yet in mid-November the Asian Venture Capital Journal was forced, with regret, to turn away customers from its private-equity meeting.
The Economist: Nov 27, 2010 at 2248 hrsCompared with the extraordinary fanfare before the global-warming summit in Copenhagen a year ago, the meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that starts in Cancún next week has gone unheralded.
The Economist: Nov 26, 2010 at 2153 hrsLittle more than a century ago, a foreigner could spend his life in Britain without a permit. England had received a wave of Huguenots in the 17th century and one of Irish immigrants in the early 19th.
The Economist: Nov 25, 2010 at 0012 hrsEven as Greece’s Socialist government struggles to avoid bankruptcy, its long-suffering voters have opted out of party politics. For the first time in memory, more than half abstained in the second round of local elections on November 14th.
The Economist: Nov 24, 2010 at 0104 hrsIn 1979 Ezra Vogel, a Harvard academic, wrote a book entitled “Japan as Number One: Lessons for America” in which he portrayed Japan, with its strong economy and cohesive society, as the world’s most dynamic industrial nation.
The Economist: Nov 23, 2010 at 0125 hrsHere we go again. Barely six months since Greece was bailed out, a familiar story is emerging. Investors nervous about a small European country with ballooning debts and uncertain prospects, start selling its bonds.
The Economist: Nov 18, 2010 at 0035 hrsDan Akerson, the boss of General Motors, will be spending plenty of time on the road over the next few days, hoping to persuade sceptical investors to cough up $13 billion in the carmaker’s ipo, expected later in the month.
The Economist: Nov 18, 2010 at 0032 hrsAfter a summer of idling, America’s job-creation machine spluttered back into life in October. The economy added 151,000 jobs last month, its best performance since May.
The Economist: Nov 17, 2010 at 2344 hrsLancashire’s mills have been quiet for decades, but the general idea survives. Like their counterparts across the world, Britain’s businessmen are awed by the commercial possibilities inherent in a country of 1.3 billion people...
The Economist: Nov 16, 2010 at 0012 hrsOil and gas are being drained from under the North Sea. But its time as Europe’s energy reservoir is not over. Along its shores and on its waters, thousands of turbines are being built to harness the winds.
The Economist: Nov 13, 2010 at 2318 hrsFrom Japanese firms’ wave of purchases in America in the 1980s and Vodafone’s takeover of Germany’s Mannesmann in 2000 to the more recent antics of private-equity firms, acquisitions have often prompted bouts of national angst.