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Lionel Laurent

Lionel Laurent

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China and Russia Are Beating the West at Vaccine Diplomacy

It was encouraging to see G7 leaders including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and

Covid-19 Travelers Aren't All Dubai Jet-Setters

Globe-trotting tourists used to be “flight-shamed” for their CO2 footprint.

Bitcoin’s $50,000 FOMO Is Overpowering Bankers

JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders are said to be “salivating” over Bitcoin. It’s easy to see why.

The Big Question: Can France Catch Up in the Covid Vaccine Race?

This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve today’s most

The City of London Fails to Take Back Control after Brexit

The City of London’s chief coping mechanism for dealing with Brexit’s threat to the financial servic

Why Elon Musk’s Dogecoin Tweets Have Hit a Bitcoin Nerve

Imagine a team of smartly dressed bankers pitching an investment to Wall Street financiers only to b

Elon Musk’s Twitter Retreat Really Says It All

Crowds are easily exploited by their leaders, theorized 19th-century psychologist Gustave Le Bon, wh

Vaccine Trade Wars Have Just One Winner: Covid-19

Vaccine nationalism is escalating in a world where Covid-19 is everywhere, yet the life-saving medic

Vaccine Enthusiasm Gives Way to Squabbles and Gloom

It’s been a month since the European Union gave its first approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, and enthus

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are a Ticket to Nowhere

Every identity document brings its own dystopia.

Can French M&A Get Any More Complicated?

Sealing takeover deals in dirigiste France in the middle of a pandemic isn’t easy when you’re a fore

Macron Can't Resist Playing Supermarket Politics

French President Emmanuel Macron’s knack for top-down statist dirigisme hasn’t been very visible whe

Vaccine Rollout: France Is Failing at What It’s Meant to Do Best

About the best thing you can say about the start of France’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign is that i

Macron and Merkel Get the Least Bad Brexit Option

The defining image of Britain’s Christmas Eve trade deal with the European Union was a beaming Boris

Mark Zuckerberg Has Another Answer to Bitcoin

Last year’s backlash against Facebook Inc.’s planned digital currency Libra would have been most CEO


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