The leadership challenge

GE surprised this week by ousting John Flannery; Angela Merkel’s waning authority bodes ill for a smooth German transition; and Brexiters eye Theresa May’s job. Can new leaders fill the power gap? Here’s the best of our opinion and analysis

Appointment of an outsider as chief signals the depth of the group’s distress

There is a long list of candidates ready to lead the Conservatives into the future

Debate over Angela Merkel’s fate distracts from the shift towards extremist parties

The conglomerate became better at marketing itself than at managing its business

The German chancellor needs to instil some order into her government

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Things must be bad if GE is handing the reins to an outsider

The UK’s withdrawal offers an opportunity for revived Spanish influence

From Goldman Sachs to UBS, changes in top jobs mark turn of the cycle

UK prime minister’s challenges will only increase in coming months

Mega deals are no longer necessary for the US pharma group

The Tories are in a holding pattern — as the prime minister says, nothing has changed

Letter from Jos Gallacher, Brussels, Belgium