British politicians are more than capable of committing blunders, but so too are their continental opposite numbers.
Italy heads to the polls on Sunday. It is likely to be another illustration of the uneasy relationship between the country’s volatile democratic politics and the strictures of Brussels’ political and economic orthodoxy.
The global rebound in 2021 was 6.1 per cen,t and this year the IMF expects global growth of 3.2 per cent followed by 2.9 per cent next. These forecasts may prove optimistic.
With the global population exploding and relative power of the west declining, we should reduce our dependence on the kindness of strangers.
It is an essential British interest that Putin’s efforts to split Germany, France and Italy from the front line states fails.
Germany, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria are highly dependent on Russian gas exports, raising the prospect of bitter arguments to come.
The pandemic has destroyed the idea that macroeconomic problems can be solved by throwing more stimulus at things.
As other countries’ numbers have exceeded ours, Johnson has gained more room for manoeuvre.
These are two major dangers to indefinite restrictions. One relates to immunity, and the other is around how long people can cope with them.
The international community must set out consequences for Beijing’s flagrant breaches of international treaties.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
European defence budgets only go so far, and ultimately we need the Anglo-American link.
Weakening at home and friendless abroad, it finds itself on the back foot – and exposed to its nations’ reliance on EU funds.
Currently the UK spends around 1.7 per cent of its GDP on R&D. Yet the US and China are heading towards three per cent GDP, and others even more.