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December 18, 2019

Great power conflict has been rendered obsolete by the relentless advance of globalisation, material prosperity and the triumph of reason. So argued Norman Angell in The Great Illusion, published in 1910.

Great power conflict has been rendered obsolete by the relentless advance of globalisation, material prosperity and the triumph of reason. So argued Norman Angell in The Great Illusion, published in 1910.

Four years later, World War I exploded out of thin air. It began what Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm described as the “short Twentieth century”, which ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

February 10, 2011

The year has started on a positive note for family-controlled carmakers, with BMW, Audi and Peugeot Citroen reporting a rise in sales. Helped by surging demand not just in emerging markets, but also the developed world, it has raised hopes that the worst of recession may be running its course for the automobile sector.

The year has started on a positive note for family-controlled carmakers, with BMW, Audi and Peugeot Citroen reporting a rise in sales. Helped by surging demand not just in emerging markets, but also the developed world, it has raised hopes that the worst of recession may be running its course for the automobile sector.

February 8, 2011

Chief executive of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is facing wrath from Italy and the US for his comments on shifting Fiat’s headquarters, and describing the interest rates charged on American bailout loans as “shyster”.

Chief executive of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is facing wrath from Italy and the US for his comments on shifting Fiat's headquarters, and describing the interest rates charged on American bailout loans as "shyster".

June 30, 2010

When Shepherd Neame picked up the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business earlier this month, it was the culmination of over 300 years of history, writes Marc Smith. But the current CEO is keen to vent his frustration about how his business is being treated

When Shepherd Neame picked up the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business earlier this month, it was the culmination of over 300 years of history that has tied one family to one industry and one town, writes Marc Smith.

December 3, 2009

The Small Business Act (SBA), which was adopted by the European Union in 2008, incorporates 10 principles, one of which states: “EU and Member States should create an environment within which entrepreneurs and family businesses can thrive”.

The Small Business Act (SBA), which was adopted by the European Union in 2008, incorporates 10 principles, one of which states: "EU and Member States should create an environment within which entrepreneurs and family businesses can thrive". 

November 1, 2004

Australia’s federal government has called for submissions from family businesses so it can better meet the needs of the country’s largest business sector.

Australia's federal government has called for submissions from family businesses so it can better meet the needs of the country's largest business sector. This is welcome news. Australia's small business minister Joe Hockey made the pledge after a debate with opposition finance and small business spokesman Bob McMullan at a national conference held earlier this year. Mr Hockey says family businesses are the engine of the Australian economy and are major contributors to the country's GDP. He is right.

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