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Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, makes no secret of his admiration for Donald Trump‚Äôs style of diplomacy. Were the US president in charge of Brexit negotiations, Mr Johnson mused at a private dinner last week, ‚Äúhe‚Äôd go in bloody hard‚ÄĚ. There would be ‚Äúall sorts of chaos‚ÄĚ, he added, but ‚Äúyou might get somewhere‚ÄĚ.
In fact the two men share several similarities of taste and style, writes Gideon Rachman in his column. Notably, they both believe that big ideas matter more than detailed knowledge. They also over-estimate their own strength and have a tendency to turn friends into enemies. But bullying tactics have not worked for Mr Johnson‚Äôs government at the Brexit negotiating table ‚ÄĒ and Mr Trump may soon learn a similar lesson about his aggressive position on trade.
John Thornhill explains how the computer games industry is experimenting with a different way of creating products through collaboration with their consumers.
Boosting ‚ÄėLes Bleus‚Äô
Anne-Sylvaine Chassany observes that Emmanuel Macron is using France‚Äôs World Cup squad, as a political football ‚ÄĒ and that he is by no means the first president to do so.
Robert Shrimsley warns Tories who delight in announcing the imminent downfall of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to look more closely at their own party‚Äôs image problem.
Francisco Gonz√°lez, executive chairman of Spanish bank BBVA, describes how his bank is attempting to meet the challenges posed to the industry by Big Tech.
Abramovich deserves fairer treatment from UK‚ÄĒ Letter from David Coombs:
Roman Abramovich has not been convicted of any crime (‚ÄúLondongrad oligarchs are being forced back to Russia‚Äôs embrace‚ÄĚ, June 1).
Since UK law assumes innocence until guilt has been proven, any attempt to hinder Mr Abramovich‚Äôs application to work or reside in the UK should be construed as discrimination.
Comment from Alioto on Trump is trading on the protectionist mood:
America first also means America alone. Lest we forget the 20th century‚Äôs disastrous experiences, nationalism in trade relationships begets nationalism in security relationships and war. The supposed economic gains from national sourcing are illusory and utterly trivial in comparison to the consequential costs in blood and treasure arising from unbridled national competition to control resources and markets. Americans have no living memory of pain and loss from war in one‚Äôs own cities and countryside. But Europeans and Asians do and hopefully will keep cool heads until American voters come to grips with the real costs of the resentment fuelled trade and security snake-oil their current president is selling them.
Generation Z relishes technological revolution‚ÄĒ Letter from Dr Raymond Madden:
The Z‚Äôs appetite for risk is very different to what we have seen before. Having grown up in a digitally enabled environment set in a rapidly ‚Äúvirtualising‚ÄĚ world, they are not daunted by the challenges of a world on the threshold of a technological revolution with far-reaching impacts.
In fact, their natural affinity with digital technologies will redefine established notions of work and the workplace. We will all benefit from such a change.
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