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That Exodus from the City to Europe

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:56
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As we tremble in our boots at the prospect of all those City firms upping and offing, the runners and riders for the Wannabe European ‘Capital’ City stakes are bimbling around somewhere near the starting line, bumping into each other, in the mud.  It looks like heavy going.

And here is what the tip-sheet says:

From Paris to Vilnius, Milan to Madrid and Frankfurt to Valletta, regulators, local authorities and sometimes national governments are clearing a path for the exodus many feel is coming … or even Amsterdam … Dublin is a serious contender … Appealingly low-tax Luxembourg … Milan is also making a pitch, particularly for technology and financial firms, with ambitious if probably unrealistic plans to turn the Expo 2015 space into a global tech hub.  Small, user-friendly Valletta, in Malta, fancies some insurance business, while Lithuania’s Vilnius and Riga in Latvia, want a share of fintech and support activities.  “We have the talent and we have the infrastructure,” said Latvia’s finance minister, Dana Reizniece-Ozola. “Everyone wants to put themselves on the map.”

Jolly good stuff, chaps.  Nice to see a united front.  And we all certainly fancy a bit of business.  By the way, I’ve been to Latvia, and Riga is very nice.  If you like little old Hanseatic League towns.  A bit like Lübeck.  Or King’s Lynn.

Already on the map, really – for a nice bit of tourism.  Good luck with the global finance.


PS, to be fair, that Grauniad article also gives a list of good reasons why it ain’t gonna happen.  And they didn’t even mention Civil Code and FTT.

PPS, the other day I watched Luxembourg’s promotional video clip.  You know the way that in TV ads for BUPA private hospitals, the word CLEAN swims in and out of the picture, subliminal-message-wise?  Well for Luxembourg, the subliminal onscreen message-word was SAFE


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