Published February 4, 2011 by

Amidst the commentary on the incredible protests breaking across the capitals of the Middle East, one of the most common reactions is that of suprise; European commentators seem genuinely startled to discover, that on their southern frontier there are peoples, equal in number to themselves, ready to stand, and be counted. In many ways, however, [...]

Read More Europe’s Arabian Reflection

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Published December 25, 2010 by

Around this time last year, I did something that commentators are frequently advised not to do: I made predictions of how events in Europe would unfold in 2010. As a year has now passed, it is time to take a look back and briefly take stock of how those fared. • Prediction 1) For the first [...]

Read More Predictions for 2010 (Revisited)

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Published December 3, 2010 by

In recent years, the German government has been very keen on attacking hedge funds. It all started in 2005 with Müntefering’s “locusts” diatribe, and the current Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has kept up the act, most recently by demanding that funds be placed “under surveillance” by intelligence agencies. Yet, observing German government behaviour over the last [...]

Read More Is Germany Acting Like a Hedge Fund?

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Published October 29, 2010 by

I was recently sent an article written by Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former candidate for President of the European Council, which includes a couple of interesting comments on the vexed topic of Europe’s leadership – or lack thereof. Among these are the views that, first, the current crop of European leaders are little if at all worse [...]

Read More On Leadership

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Published September 19, 2010 by

Something of a controversy was stirred two weeks ago, when Charles Kupchan declared in a Washington Post editorial that Europe was ‘dying’ of nationalism. His argument earned a surprise rebuke from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who was speaking at the Ambrosetti Forum, but his evidence is not so easy to dismiss. From German reluctance to [...]

Read More The Rise and Rise of Nationalism

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Published July 10, 2010 by

Does Europe need more democracy or less? In the late-18th to mid-19th century, the grand intellectuals of the era, such as Voltaire and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, also felt that Europe needed to overhaul its creaking system of governance. However, they were afraid of strengthening the role of parliament, fearful that this might further entrench [...]

Read More Democratic Deficit or Surfeit?

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Published July 1, 2010 by

Flushed with its new powers under the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament is now making its presence felt in Washington, writes Tyson Barker The past six months have produced few…

Read More Transatlantic power house? (E!Sharp)

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