Category Archives: The Euro and the EU

Whitehall and Westminster will not, do not want, and cannot deliver the result of the June 23, 2016 referendum.

The Brexit talks have been lumbering on, as the Prime Minister makes her oral commitments to the British public and then  proceeds to rescind them. The UK, she has reiterated, will be leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union, … Continue reading

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Is it Trump or the EU that is swapping big ideas for bad ideas?

Philip Stevens writes in the FT about“How the world swapped a big idea for a bad idea”. The big idea was “the revolutionary thought that the selfish interests of rich and rising states could be accommodated if everyone played by … Continue reading

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America and the World: Part II. American century or Asian century?

How fares the American Century  is a common question running through our three books. Joseph Nye, in Is The American Century Over?  locates its starting date from February 1941, when Henry Luce, editor and owner of Life magazine, wrote an … Continue reading

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You’re wrong, Matthew Parris: sovereignty is worth more than a sneer.

In his usually witty manner, Matthew Parris, in The Times of February 24,  trashes “Hologram May” for leading “a hopeless mission”. “As obstacles appear on the route to Plateau Sovereignty, perhaps this illusory leader’s role is to make sure it’s … Continue reading

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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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