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Thursday 21st January 2016

The Fall in the World Oil Price and its Implications for the UK Economy

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The world oil price is now about $30 a barrel. In the summer of 2014, it was well over $100 a barrel. This decline was almost completely unpredicted, but it now seems likely that with, inter alia, a large quantity of Iranian oil about to hit the world market, the price will stay low for some time to come. But what are the implications of this?
Date:
Thursday 21st January 2016
Thursday 17th December 2015

The December 2015 regional elections in France: the far right Front National fails to win a single region

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In the first round of the French regional elections on 6 December, the far right Front National (FN) came first with 27.96 per cent of the votes, thereby leading in six out of 26 regions. As could be expected, this result caused panic among the two mainstream parties, the ruling centre-left Socialist Party and the centre-right Republicans.
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Thursday 17th December 2015
Thursday 3rd December 2015

Why does character really matter?

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It has become increasingly common of late to highlight the extrinsic benefits of personal character for school achievement. But why is that the case?
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Thursday 3rd December 2015
Thursday 22nd October 2015

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

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Meeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
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Thursday 22nd October 2015
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