Christmas Features 2017 

Strength shines through Europe’s political clouds

Strength shines through Europe’s political clouds

Just over a year ago, we ran a short piece on the flood of European elections scheduled in the weeks and months ahead. Crucial votes were to be cast in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Germany, and markets were nervous. Mindful of the swell in nationalism and the repeated failures of political forecasting that characterised 2016, we included in the piece a series of ‘shock factor’ ratings.

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