Trade floes and China’s Arctic shipping route to Europe

Trade floes and China’s Arctic shipping route to Europe

Hello from Brussels. Sorry to talk Brexit news: we generally try to administer it only in moderation as excessive consumption is strongly associated with feelings of exhaustion, listlessness and nausea. But we can’t help recording that, according to UK prime minister Boris Johnson, Thursday was going to be the last day he would be able to come to an agreement with the EU or Britain would totally walk away and there would be no deal, SO THERE. Certainly, the EU summit isn’t going to make any big concessions to the UK, so let’s see what Johnson does in response.

Tall Tales is about how the economically insignificant but symbolically important subject in the Brexit talks, fisheries, reveals some rather fact-free attitudes on both sides. Also on a maritime theme, the main piece is how the overhyping of the new ice-free Arctic shipping channels tells us something interesting about globalisation. Our chart of the day looks at China’s medical exports.