A week is a long time in politics. This time last week No 10 were briefing the press on the aggressive tactics planned to be deployed (if needed) by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to restore collective responsibility and rally her cabinet behind her Brexit vision.
As in the UK, France’s capital and surrounding areas have enjoyed a disproportionate share of the country’s wealth, accounting for just over 30 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and 18.2 per cent of its population. And as in the UK, the politicians are always talking about regional development and spreading the wealth,
China’s plan to resurrect its 2,000 year-old Silk Road trading route is bringing much-needed foreign investment to the Balkans, but Beijing’s growing soft power is undermining European Union influence in the region and threatens to set standards of business conduct that fall below the West’s expectations.