Category Archives: Oil, the Mid East and Gulf

Realpolitik and the European Union. Final Chapter: Part 2. The true challenge facing the Merkel-Macron tandem.

The UK’s certain idea of Europe. A USE maybe attainable. But the hurdles along the path towards it are innumerable, and as likely as not unknown. Not the least of these is that a USE would be at the very … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Final Chapter: Part I. The true challenge facing the Merkel-Macron tandem.

Realpolitik- politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives-is flourishing in Europe. In fact, it never disappeared, but became absorbed within Europe’s society of states, dispersed and played out  across and within the many international … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 11. Europe in the World. Part II. Russia, energy, demography.

The theme of Chapters 10 and 11 is the tension between a shrinking Europe living in an expanding world of nation states, while all the while seeking to dis-establish European nation states which experience global developments differentially. Chapter 10 discusses … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 10. Europe in the World:Part I. The US and the rise of Asia.

The transformation of the world. In the key years of 1989-1992, it was Europe, not the U.S., which had the distinction of being both source and origin of the process which came to be called “globalization”—understood driven as technologically conditioned … Continue reading

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Ken Clarke’s Memoirs and the June 23 Brexit referendum: Part I

Sooner or later, we are going to get very bored by Brexit, but not for a while, given the number of publications pouring from the presses. Here are two books on the subject. Ken Clarke’s Kind of Blue: A Political … Continue reading

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Corbyn’s Coda: in the shadow of the Swastika

Whenever Jeremy Corbyn has an opportunity, he makes the following statement, and then adds what seems to be a repetitive coda. “There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of racism in the Labour party”. Sir Eric Pickles, currently … Continue reading

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Iran and China compared.

I have always been sceptical about external attempts to force regime change by boycott, diplomatic isolation or armed intervention. Six months before this article was published Prime Minister Blair in his Chicago speech sketched out the idea of conditional sovereignty … Continue reading

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