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Mopping up after Sarkozy

François Hollande, the French president, is currently back from a state visit to China. Hollande hopes to expand trade in Asia, as France’s current account deficit has reached 75 billion euros, a third of which is with the Middle Kingdom. His task has been made difficult by the recent history of French-Chinese relations. In 2008,… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Over the past few years, Europeans have been bombarded with media accounts of the so-called “ German miracle” and the role of Schroeder’s Agenda 2010 in generating it. Guillaume Duval, editor-in-chief of Alternatives Economiques (France) has recently published a book on the subject, “ MADE IN GERMANY : Le modèle Allemand au-delà des mythes “.… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

After more than four years of misguided austerity policies, the sharp economic downturn is about to claim its latest victims – Europe’s democracies. During the sovereign debt crisis, politicians in office – regardless of party ideology – have been forced to resort to hugely unpopular budget cuts and to increase taxes for the middle and… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

As the European holiday season draws to a close, I suspect that many EU leaders are loath to return to work. A lack of appetite, given the current economic context, would be perfectly justified. Leading economists on both sides of the Atlantic have noticed that neither austerity measures (the EU’s case) nor monetarist remedies (the… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

At the end of 2011 and the start of this year, I have published 3 eBooks on geopolitics, which I would like to invite you to have a look at (and even read). Here are the links: “The Peace of 1763 and Great Powers’ Geopolitical Agendas” “Les enjeux géopolitiques et les principes fondamentaux du Traité… » read more

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NATO involvement is a bad idea

The latest developments from Tripoli and surrounding towns demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Gaddafi is a madman. By attacking his own population and killing them indiscriminately, he and his family are disqualified from the human race, let alone from leading an important oil producing country like Libya. Whilst concern in most capitals… » read more

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During President Obama’s 10-day tour of Asia, he found it opportune to use the State Department’s latest sound-bite, “democracies vs. authoritarian states”. To be sure, premier Singh, an economist, knows why the size of the Chinese economy is four times that of India’s. Alas, democracy is not a contributing factor. After all, the Asian tigers… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The sovereign debt crisis, which started in Greece, has engulfed Spain, Ireland, Portugal and even Poland and Romania, EU members that are not yet part of the eurozone. The recent Toronto meeting of Western heads of state has sadly contributed to aggravating matters, as it mandated participating political leaders to cut their countries’ budget deficits… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Toulouse Film Festival

As fewer legal professionals nowadays still take an interest in defending human rights, the city of Toulouse stands out as a shining example to the contrary. The well-known organisations such as Avocats sans frontieres, Cimade, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and others organise regular events bringing human rights to the top of the political and civic… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi