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Author: David Cracknell
Goodbye and thanks for all the fish. That was basically the message from the mammoth nation of Greenland when it left the EU in 1985. Its exit negotiations, although complicated by relations with Denmark, had taken just three years; but their main interest was cod and it never exactly had any problem with immigration or calls for big contributions to the European budget. So, there is one precedent for a country leaving the EU, albeit a little talked about or studied one; but it gives us some scant evidence as to how matters might proceed.
Author: James Whitmore
As a journalist, I had a love-hate relationship with MIPIM, the annual global real estate conference in Cannes. I loved leaving grey, chilly London in March for the sunny and glamorous Mediterranean resort. Well, who wouldn’t? But I hated the packed diary, the need to write reams of copy for the paper in London and the pressure to find stories in order to justify your trip to jealous colleagues. With deadlines always looming, it was impossible to relax and enjoy MIPIM in the way that the real estate professionals seemed to do, merrily sinking beers, sipping wine or, even, coffee, in the cafes, boats and fabulous hotels. I was very envious.
Author: Jos Simson
Next week Cape Town will once again play host to the annual Mining Indaba, a significant bellweather event for the state of the mining industry. Last year’s gathering was set against a backdrop of a sector in serious financial distress made worse by a bleak outlook. Column inches were dedicated to speculation as to whether several iconic FTSE100 miners would suffer declines serious enough to fall out of the index – including Anglo American which celebrates its centenary this year. And yet, as 2016 drew to a close, a feeling of recovery (however tentative) had returned to the sector, with mining shares delivering strong gains.