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The genius and limitation of the Swedish model

Carl Rowlands

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Olaf Palme, Sweden’s Social Democrat prime minister, only so far warranting minimal attention in the British media. However, in Sweden, Palme, and his assassination, remain a constant source of fascination. His domestic policies, perhaps surprisingly, were regarded at the time as being centrist, placing him…

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A one-off wealth tax

Nick Donovan

The repercussions of the global financial crisis still shape European politics. First, large public deficits developed as governments, in order to avoid a global depression, bailed out banks and propped up economies. This gave an opening to politicians on the right to place deficit reduction as the central economic task in the mind of the…

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Stronger, safer and better off together

Catherine West MP

In 1830 the American politician Daniel Webster cried “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable”. It was a gallant cry. A cry of energy and hope. On Thursday 23 June, the British people will decide whether to remain in the European Union or to leave. It is a choice that will have a…

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