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Europe Briefing— Global

Preface

The view from London after the recent riots, plus why Portugal wants more pensioners, and Switzerland's impending election.

Alvaro Santos Pereira, Election, London, Portugal, Riots, Switzerland

View from London

Britain seems to have bounced from one crisis to the next recently. So what next?

By Steve Bloomfield

Britain has experienced crises before. World wars aside, we have had financial problems (going cap in hand to the IMF for a bailout in 1976); leadership problems (from the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 to PM Edward Heath’s struggles to keep the lights on in 1974); and huge social unrest (the 1981 riots, the miners’ strike in 1984 and the poll tax riots in 1990). But there is something about the drip-drip of disaster layered upon…

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