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Marc Champion's Biography

I'm a member of the editorial board at Bloomberg View, which I joined in early 2012. Before that I was at the Wall Street Journal for 12 years, in London covering European politics, diplomacy and security; then in Brussels as deputy bureau chief for the Brussels and Germany bureaus, editing the reporters and writing about Eastern Europe; and then as bureau chief in Istanbul in 2011/12. Before joining ...

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Even Thatcher Couldn't Fix U.K.'s Housing Woes — With just weeks to go before elections in the U.K., the two main political parties have delivered their manifestos, and both offer to tackle that greatest of British obsessions: unaffordable housing. This is a genuine problem, especially in London. Sure, the city is a global financial capital and it's expensive to buy in New York City, too.

The Truth About Britain's 'Non-Doms' — In the heat of the campaign for the U.K. elections on May 7, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has made a transparently desperate but politically astute pledge to end the tax regime for "non-doms." Non-domicile is a uniquely British category of taxpayers: people who reside in the U.K.

U.K.'s Miliband Is Half Right on Europe — Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K.'s left-of-center Labour Party, chose to give the opening speech of his formal campaign for the May 7 election to businesspeople at Bloomberg's London headquarters this morning. That suggests he knows his weakness: Fewer than 10 percent of business leaders think a Labour-led government would be good for them, and few voters trust Labour to run the economy.

Japan Times — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the airline said Sunday that 25 people were taken to ...

BBC's Hypocrisy Shifts Into 'Top Gear'

David Cameron's Latest Intentional Gaffe — The U.K. has been abuzz with the shock announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron that he won't run for election a third time (assuming he wins re-election for a second term in May). He dropped this political bombshell just weeks before the vote on a soft feature TV show, and was cutting carrots as he said it.

The Political Perils of a Ukraine Default — For the last 10 days, Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko has been visiting private creditors in Europe and the U.S. to explain why they should help her create a "new Ukraine," by agreeing to write off some of its debt.

U.K. Elections Are No Longer Just Class Wars — The campaign fight between the main Conservative and Labour parties ahead of elections on May 7 is being fought on very familiar ground: Economic competence for the Tories, versus fairness and a strong health service for Labour. But there's an oddity in the campaign that requires some explanation.

Guns, Poison and Putin's KGB State — The U.K. inquiry into the 2006 poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko begins final arguments on Monday. Most of the evidence produced in the hearings was known years ago. But seeing it meticulously laid out again now, after Russia's semi-covert war in Ukraine and the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, it's impossible not to notice a chilling pattern.

Champion: Do Republicans have an alternative plan for Iran? - Commentary — A number of people have commented on the letter from 47 U.S. Republican senators to Iran about a potential nuclear deal, pointing to its inaccuracies on U.S. law, its underestimation of some very sharp U.S.-educated Iranian officials, and the appearance of disloyalty it created. Add one more criticism to the list: tactical stupidity.
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Apr 17, 2015

Nice piece from @bershidsky: Putin and his buddies aren't feeling ordinary Russians' pain.…

Apr 16, 2015

My bit on why Thatcherism can't fix what ails the UK housing market.

Apr 13, 2015

Unusual take from @bershidsky on Hillary's campaign launch video: She'd already have lost in Russia:

Apr 09, 2015

RT @khamenei_ir: No unconventional inspection that’d place Iran under special monitoring is acceptable. Foreign monitoring on #Iran’s security isn’t allowed.

Apr 09, 2015

RT @khamenei_ir: All #sanctions should be removed just when the deal is reached. If sanctions removal depends on another process then why we started to talk?

Mar 31, 2015

MT: So an April Fool's Day Deal? Matt Lee @APDiploWriter Senior #US official says #Iran talks in Lausanne can go into Wednesday "if useful"

Mar 31, 2015

RT @eurocrat: This is hilarious: man tries to burn EU flag - which won't burn due to EU fire safety rules…

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