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In Wolfgang Schaeuble’s Germano-centric EU, no institution is more important – apart from his Politburo-like Eurogroup and the Office of the Chancellor – than his Ministry’s Council of Economic Advisers. The most influential adviser among them is Professor Hans-Werner Sinn from Munich, a Christian missionary-manqué turned tele-economist. Like any good German, Professor Sinn has but… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

To those in the know, the Italian peninsula was not only the cradle of the Roman Empire or Rome the centre of the Catholic faithful, but also the birthplace of capitalism and of countless statecraft innovations and institutions still widely used around the world today. During the middle ages, the Italian city-states thus discovered and… » read more

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Last week’s electoral win by the Conservative party has marked the Labour party’s fall from political grace in Britain. The victory was obtained through political manipulation (as opposed to political leadership) and electoral wizardry first tested in the land down under. Alas, Britain does not have Australia’s natural wealth, nor China as a huge, close-by… » read more

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At the start of his presidency, Barack Obama spoke about his administration’s intentions to mend fences with the Islamic world. In hindsight, we might be forgiven to think that he meant Kenya’s Islamic community and not the Arab one. The plight of Arabs living in US-backed authoritarian states does not seem to get the same… » read more

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When trying to forecast potential threats to Western civilisation, the late Samuel Huntington envisioned the clash with Islam as the ultimate danger. In spite of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the danger has not materialised, on the contrary. He was right, however, about the threat posed to the stability of Islamic societies by the… » read more

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Make or break-year for G20

Cleaning up the debris of the 2007-2008 Great Recession is not a job for the fainthearted. It’s enough to look around us to realise that the task is herculean, as it involves efforts similar to cleaning Augias’ stables. Dealing with toxic assets, implementing harsh and unpopular austerity measures, avoiding currency and trade wars and increasing… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

In an increasingly interconnected world, it has unfortunately become fashionable to assign blame for political upheavals, riots and rebellions on the electronic media, on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or even on their older sibling, the cable television networks. To be sure, never in the past has information flown so freely across swaths of… » read more

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Riots engulf Maghreb

A few weeks ago Mahomed Bouazizi, a 26 year-old unemployed Tunisian graduate, set himself on fire. The Tunisian police had confiscated the fruits and vegetables he was apparently selling on the streets without a proper permit. His subsequent death and burial shocked the Tunisian student community, which raised up in revolt against the lack of… » read more

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Blogging ethics

Andrew Wilson is a senior research fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. In an article published on Project Syndicate in November 2010, he analysed the geopolitical situation of countries like Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia and made a series of recommendations for the EU’s new Foreign Service. Irrespective of whether I subscribe or not… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Since last December, the credit rating agencies, economic pundits and the transatlantic financial media have intensified their dire predictions regarding the euro’s chances of survival. This, however, should come as no surprise, as the eurozone governments are expected to sell no less than 850 billion euros in government paper in the first trimester of 2011.… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi