Politics

If you want to predict if the eurozone will survive – follow the money

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Despite elections in senior member states, the short-term prognosis for the currency union is good, but long-term worries remain, writes Daniel Gros. Irish Examiner What does the eurozone’s future hold? It depends where you look. Some economic indicators… If you want… Read More »

So far, Trump has been mercifully incompetent

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“The world is laughing at us. They’re laughing at the stupidity of our… — Donald Trump, October 2016 Stupid is as stupid… Dana Milbank The Washington Post During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump remarked often on the stupidity of our… He was under the impression that the rest of the planet was indulging in some sort of global guffaw at our… So far, Trump… Read More »

Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.

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The Trump administration’s new family separation plan would be cruel — and likely ineffective. Nara Milanich The Washington Post The Trump administration has already proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a ban on travel from six countries, a shutdown of the refugee program and extensive detentions and deportations of undocumented… Nations have separated… Read More »

Lesson from the Low Country: Fear is good

Dutch PVV leader Geert Wilders is seen prior to a meeting between main parties leaders and the Chairman of the Senate in The Hague, on March 16, 2017, one day after the general elections.  / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Jerry Lampen / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutch election shows that, for better or worse, European politics remains local. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — The good news is that it’s safe again to ignore Dutch politics. After weeks of… Lesson from the… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

Klaus Schwab: We need a new narrative for globalization

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The world is at a historic crossroads. Market extremism, often labelled neoliberalism, which has shaped our national and global policies for the past three decades, has become a toxic fuel for the stuttering engine for… Klaus Schwab World Economic Forum It has also generated polluting side effects that are no longer tolerated by large portions… Yet market-driven globalization has… Klaus Schwab: We… Read More »

Das Knowhow Kapital

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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

While Michael Flynn Lobbied for Turkey, His Firm Told Congress to Extradite Turkish Dissident

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Months before he registered as a foreign agent, his company brought in House staffers to preview encrypted technology—then pushed them to send Turkey a wanted man living in the… Kimberly Dozier Lachlan Markay The Daily Beast The congressional staffers thought they were going to see a whiz-bang encrypted communications technology when they traveled to… While Michael Flynn… Read More »

The Egalitarian Is The Disease

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The concept of equality is the kind of beast that is almost impossible to eliminate: like syphilis, acne and politicians. Paul H. Yarbrough The Daily Caller It cannot seem to be eradicated. You can read… The Egalitarian Is… Read More »

Dictatorships cannot solve African leadership problems

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The election season seems to bring some of the strangest ideas. Maina Kiai Daily Nation It bothers me when supposed intellectuals suggest that Kenya and Africa need benevolent dictators to solve our problems. It bothers me… Dictatorships cannot solve… Read More »

Habermas warns on EU integration without renewed German push

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Philosopher says threat to unity is not populists but austerity and lack of… Derek Scally in Berlin The Irish Times German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has warned that the greatest threat to European unity is not political populists but a “furious standstill” on integration, and lingering divisions caused by… Habermas warns on… Read More »

Adolf Hitler used lies for propaganda as well

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Today’s European leaders’ use of lies in their anti-Turkey propaganda reminds us of the method used by Hitler and his propaganda minister, Goebbels Fahrettin Altun Daily Sabah Tukey is on the threshold of an important political transformation. If the “yes”… Adolf Hitler used… Read More »

Brexit the board game

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The clock is ticking for Theresa May to trigger Article 50 (phone Donald Tusk, shout “I don’t want to be in your gang anymore,” then hang up). Paul Dallison and Dom McKenzie Politico Then the EU will respond (put fingers in ears, shout “nah nah, I can’t hear you”). What better way… Brexit the board… Read More »

Depressed by politics? Just let go

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When is politics like a tree? Arthur C. Brooks AEI If you study and write about happiness as I do, you become attuned to patterns. For instance, when… Depressed by politics… Read More »

Hijab at work: EU court is authorising discrimination

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The latest ECJ ruling limits religious people – especially Muslim women – to being behind the scenes in the workplace. Shelina Janmohamed Al Jazeera News On March 14, the European Court of Justice ruled that when it comes to the workplace, the ban on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign” such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination. But it can… Hijab at work… Read More »

NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam close to Erdogan calls for weapons NOW amid tensions with EU

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TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS – an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised – as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara… ZOIE O’BRIEN Express The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan – and… NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam… Read More »