Vincent Boland: As the beloved Merkel moves on, so too must Germany
The country’s nostalgic regard for its departing chancellor is understandable, but Germany’s challenge now is to move off autopilot and take greater responsibility in an unstable world
Europe has experienced tremendous upheaval since the reunification of Germany in 1990, from the war in Yugoslavia to the economic crisis that almost destroyed the EU, from the eastward expansion of the EU to the exit of Britain, and from migration to the Covid-19 pandemic. The one oasis of stability is Germany itself.
Italy had 17 prime ministers in those three decades, and Britain had seven; France had five presidents; and Ireland had eight taoisigh. Yet...
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Vincent Boland: Time for a debate on the potentially dangerous blowback of buyback
Companies buying up their own shares is nothing new in the corporate world, and Apple is merely the latest behemoth to do it, but it remains a controversial practice
Vincent Boland: Could one company’s fall trigger a property collapse in China?
The ongoing struggles of beleaguered property giant Evergrande pose a huge threat not just to its own survival, but to the very stability of the Asian superpower’s financial system
Vincent Boland: How the historic pride of Siena was undone by a thoroughly modern misjudgment
Founded in 1472, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank has since survived wars, plagues, depressions, popes and the Mafia – only to be brought to its knees by a badly timed takeover
Vincent Boland: Is China’s capitalist adventure turning off in a risky new direction?
The Chinese Communist Party appears to be becoming increasingly hostile towards its homegrown tech sector, but that approach comes with its own dangers