Spotlight on Geopolitics

Archives for EU Priorities and Opinion

Over the past fifteen years, quite a lot of criticism has been levelled by the “MIT gang”° against what has become known as the Washington consensus. Very little or no public discussion, however, has taken place about its close European offshoot, the Berlin consensus. Sure, there are some differences between the neoliberal economic thinking underpinning… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

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

Posted by Florian Pantazi

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

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Not the Clintons Again !

Joe Klein of Time Magazine has recently published an editorial about the Clintons’ renewed presidential ambitions. (“The Clintons need a restart“, Time, September 9, 2013, p.21). According to him, there is a real danger for the Democrats – not to mention for the rest of us – that coming 2016 H. Clinton might just get… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The release of the NATO 2020 Report on the 17th of May could be regarded as a disappointment by European military and political experts. The sages that put it together could not logically explain why we should continue to keep a military and political organisation designed to defend the Euro-Atlantic world from the threats posed… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

One of the most annoying consequences of the 2007-08 financial crisis, and now of the European debt crisis, is the re-emergence of religious fascism. We’ve seen it all before, in the 1930’s. In Spain, Franco’s fascist regime was strongly backed by the Catholic Church until the end of the ‘seventies. In Romania, Orthodox fascists calling… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The Asian financial crisis from 1997-98, followed by the subprime crisis of 2007-08 and the 2010 sovereign debt crisis have all but torpedoed what most analysts like to call “the Washington Consensus“. Entire nations and political groups that had opted in the nineties for free markets, political democracy and neoliberal economics are now turning in… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi