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America and the World: Part III. The Crash of 2008 and Eurotragedy.

The two books under review analyze the financial crash of 2008 from different perspectives. Adam Tooze, the historian and director of the Columbia University European Institute in New York, authors Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed The World, … Continue reading

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Europe’s revolution: the unintended consequences of good intentions

Europe’s revolution is special in the sense that the old regime is determined to overthrow itself without the consent of its peoples. This is the source of what European élites call the populist revolt. In the French, Russian or Chinese … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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