Category Archives: World politics, business and economics

President Trump and the global multilateral order

President Trump is destroying the multilateral trading system, which previous US administrations have done so much to promote, and on which the world’s continued prosperity depends. He is doing so as an “American Firster”, thereby setting an example for the … 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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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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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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