Category Archives: France and Germany

America and the world: Part I.

The key words in this cluster of books, focusing on the US, are emerging , retreat, closing and anger. Pankaj Mishra, in Age of Anger: A History of the Present, says that the paranoid hatreds of the present world have … Continue reading

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Hybrid Austria: is Vienna setting a new trend?

In the Austrian general elections of October 2017, the Christian Democrats(ÖVP) won a plurality of 31% votes and 62 of the 182 seats in the National Council. Their recently confirmed leader Sebastian Kurz proceeded to negotiate a 180 page coalition … Continue reading

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Berlin Rules: Why, What, How, and is that so?

The three books under review deal with Europe, but their focus is Germany. Paul Lever, former British ambassador to Germany, is the author of Europe and the Germany Way: Berlin Rules, I.B.Taurus, 2017. Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister, authors Adults … Continue reading

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A Century of British history: Eton and the liberal core of Britain.

Jeremy Lewis, David Astor, London, Vintage, 2016; William Waldegrave,  A Different Kind of Weather: A Memoir, London, Constable, 2015. Books sometimes achieve canonical status. One such is George Dangerfield’s, The Strange Death of Liberal England, which argued that the Liberal … Continue reading

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New Challenges for Europe: a recent lecture of mine at INSEAD, Fontainebleau Campus

Here is a quote about Europe from the late Ludwig Erhard, with which I  agree.  Erhard writes: “Wehe dem, der glaubt, man könne Europa etwa zentralstaatlich zusammenfassen, oder man könne es unter eine mehr oder minder ausgeprägte znetrale Gewalt stellen. … Continue reading

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Brexit: A Certain Idea of Europe.

The result of the June 23, 2016 referendum as to whether the United Kingdom(UK) should remain in or leave the EU seems final enough. On a 72% voter turnout, 52% voted for Leave and 48% for Remain.  Yet the vote … Continue reading

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Did Chamberlain do the right thing?A debate.

It is interesting to observe how people in the UK judge the two world wars in retrospect. I have placed the two debates on my blog because both of them have been asking the question whether either war could have … Continue reading

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