Monthly Archives: October 2011

Karen Darke: How? Now. Wow!

Oct 31, 2011

A week or so ago, Chartwell met up with Karen Darke, one of Britain’s top athletes and a medal contender in the London 2012 Paralympics. A climbing and all-round outdoor obsessive, Karen was paralysed from the chest down when she fell 10 metres off a rockface. She was just 21. Since then she has overcome

Michael Lewis: Greek state is an “elaborate patronage operation’

Oct 29, 2011

Michael Lewis puts the boot in on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme; he compares Greece and Germany’s behaviour since the euro’s launch, and their different responses to the credit crisis. Lewis’s tour d’horizon, Boomerang – the Meltdown Tour has been well reviewed. Here’s novelist Robert Harris in The Sunday Times: “Michael Lewis’s bravura journey through

Tiger Head, Snake Tails

Oct 28, 2011

Yesterday Chartwell caught up with Jonathan Fenby, China expert, historian and co-founder of the emerging markets research firm, Trusted Sources. Though in no way a subscriber to the ‘China is doomed to fail’ thesis, Jonathan did argue that China’s leadership is faced with a tricky balancing act between maintaining legitimacy through growth on the one hand, and maintaing

Finally, some good news for the euro?

Oct 27, 2011

After weeks of turmoil and uncertainty, European leaders reached a deal with Greek debtholders this morning that will see private investors take a 50 per cent cut in the face value of their bonds, a deep haircut that officials believe will reduce Greek debt levels to 120 per cent of GDP by 2020. Also agreed

US will bounce back

Oct 20, 2011

Earlier this morning we hosted one of our regular breakfast club events at the RAC in Pall Mall. In conversation were Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and Sir Christopher Meyer, British Ambassador to the United States during the Bush administration from 1997 until his retirement in 2003.

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