Opinionomics | 27 March 2012

Must read analysis and comment

1. Bernanke, Bullard, and QE3 (Economist's View: Fed Watch)

Tim Duy looks at whether we can read into Bernanke's comments an acknowledgement of a third round of quantitative easing.

2. At the Frontier of Personalized Medicine (Marginal Revolution)

Alex Tabarrok uses an example from the cutting edge of medical science to argue that the future for a lot of industries is "big data" - so hire an economist!

3. Japanese economy: A glimmer of growth (Financial Times)

Mure Dickie reports on the state of Japan.

4. Strange bedfellows: Gretchen Morgenson and Patrick Byrne (Reuters)

Felix Salmon argues that the focus on Goldman Sachs is on the wrong thing. They probably weren't naked shorting - but does that matter?

5. Those cautious central bankers (Free Exchange)

"Central bankers seem most interested in crafting arguments that will allow them to do as little as possible," writes Ryan Avent

Ben Bernanke leaves the podium after speaking in Virginia. Credit: Getty Images

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.