Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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Unfortunately, bemoaning red tape is easier than dealing with it
Economist, 22 September 2012
To unleash growth for start-ups the government must create exemptions in employment law and simplify the enforcement of existing regulations, a new report, Red Tape Challenge – Challenger Businesses, suggests.
Institute of Economic Affairs, 20 September 2012
Global movers and shakers are worried about China
Economist, 15 September 2012
China’s attraction as a global manufacturing base has not worn off yet, but several developments are chipping it away.
George Magnus, Financial Times, 13 September 2012
I have been a fervent supporter of the European Union as the embodiment of an open society—a voluntary association of equal states that surrendered part of their sovereignty for the common good. The euro crisis is now turning the European Union into something fundamentally different.
George Soros, New York Review of Books, 12 September 2012
For years, the microblogging service beloved by the celebrity crowd was ridiculed for ignoring the hard question of how to make money. So what happens when Twitter finally gets serious about profits?
Richard Waters, Financial Times, 12 September 2012
Is there any way the ECB on its own could make it more credible that the eurozone will last? The answer is: yes and no.
Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 11 September 2012
Let's hear it for Charles Moore, the Spectator and FT. Their attacks on the feral elite contrast with a virtually silent Labour
John Harris, Guardian, 9 September 2012
Vicky Pryce, Biteback Publishing, 9 September 2012
To save the single currency beset by difficulties that stem from its initial design, Economics Nobel Prize laureate Paul Krugman argues that Europe should set its sights on low inflation but forget about implementing uniform austerity measures.
Philippe Coste, presseurop, 6 September 2012
Worth three tenors? The value of opera
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