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By Robert Skidelsky - May 24,2018
LONDON — Slumps have always been boom times for monetary experiments, and the economic collapse of 2008-2009 was no different. Underlying this recurrence is the instinctive feeling that economic calamities must have monetary causes, and therefore monetary remedies.
By Robert Skidelsky - Mar 20,2018
LONDON — The poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at an Italian restaurant in Salisbury has driven an important story off the front pages of the British press.
By Robert Skidelsky - Nov 25,2017
Sociology, anthropology and history have been making large inroads into the debate on immigration.
By Robert Skidelsky - Sep 23,2017
Who runs the European Union? On the eve of Germany’s general election, that is a very timely question.One standard reply is “the EU’s member states” — all 28 of them. Another is “the European Commission”.
By Robert Skidelsky - Apr 20,2017
Clearly, the last word has not been said about the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, Syria, on April 4, which left 85 dead and an estimated 555 injured.But three points — concerning responsibility for the attack, the United States’ military response to
By Robert Skidelsky - Oct 23,2016
The most dramatic economic effect of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote has been the collapse of sterling. Since June, the pound has fallen by 16 per cent against a basket of currencies. Mervyn King, the previous governor of the Bank of England, hailed the lower exchange
By Robert Skidelsky - Jul 30,2016
As a biographer and aficionado of John Maynard Keynes, I am sometimes asked: “What would Keynes think about negative interest rates?”It is a good question, one that recalls a passage in Keynes’ “General Theory” in which he notes that if the government cannot think of anything mor
By Robert Skidelsky - Dec 24,2015
Donald Trump’s call to bar Muslims from the United States provoked the following exchange with two young friends of mine: “If the choice was between Muslim immigration and preserving liberal moral values,” I asked, “which would you choose?”They both denied the question’s premise.
By Robert Skidelsky - Nov 11,2015
My most painful experience in Russia was a visit to Perm-36, the only one of Stalin’s forced-labour camps to have been preserved, in 1998.I was in Perm, a city in the Ural, to take part in a seminar of the Moscow School of Political Studies.Founded by the remarkable Lena Nemirovs
By Robert Skidelsky - Oct 05,2015
The tragic exodus of people from war-torn Syria and surrounding countries challenges the world’s reason and sympathy.Since 2011, some 4 million people have fled Syria, with millions more internally displaced.Syria’s neighbours — Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey — currently house the va



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