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“Fascism combats the whole complex system of democratic ideology, and repudiates it, whether in its theoretical premises or in its practical application. Fascism denies that the majority, by the simple fact that it is a majority, can direct human society” (Benito Mussolini speech in 1932, “What is Fascism ?”)     Mike Pompeo’s latest declaration… » read more

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This week’s World Health Assembly videoconference did nothing but provide an opportunity for China to take center stage in the debate about the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and for the United States to be paraded as the villain of the piece. As matters now stand, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the proposed “review”… » read more

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European diplomatic traditions, which are some of the most illustrious in the world, have not prevented the External Action Service from writing one of the most inept letters I have ever read. After months of China’s diplomatic bullying, aimed at changing the pandemic narrative in its favour, is this ill-conceived message addressed to the Chinese… » read more

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A few years ago Xi, China’s communist dictator, has toured Belgian universities. On that occasion, he tried to persuade Belgium’s would-be experts and intellectuals that in China no other political system has ever worked except the one he was embodying, at home and abroad. By using such blatant lies, Xi’s aim is to shore up… » read more

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In a recent interview, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for the unity of EU members to better face the Union’s major rivals China, Russia and the United States. As matters now stand, according to her, the EU cannot yet convert its economic clout into equivalent political power. In reality however, the EU , through its… » read more

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The latest EU summit – which took place yesterday in the medieval town of Sibiu, formerly the seat of power of the German community from Transylvania – was arguably one of the weirdest on record. The official agenda of the EU leaders was to discuss the future of the European Union. This was a strange… » read more

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“The surprise is not that few democracies are liberal, but that liberal democracies exist at all.” (Dani Rodrik) Making sense of the direction of the evolution of societies has always been a challenge among philosophers and social scientists alike. Before tackling the subject of liberal democracy, viewed here as a dictatorship of minorities, it is… » read more

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As a geopolitician, I have been tempted for quite a while to consider the anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda in the West as being a reaction to the shift in the global balance of power in the two countries’ favour. Not anymore. Western elites’ irreconcilable differences with Russia and China lie somewhere else altogether. Think about… » read more

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Italy and the Euro

The change of government in Italy calls into question the German leadership of the European Union, which was myopic at best. Italy has never benefited from the introduction of the euro. Its GDP per capita after the introduction of the common currency has stagnated. German-imposed austerity measures and the lack of solidarity among member countries… » read more

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A Bad Case of Ottomanism

When the AKP Islamic Party came to power in Turkey at the turn of the century, the event was saluted by many specialists as a victory for political Islam. For an entire decade, Turkey became a model of Islamic democracy envied by many in the Arab world. The 2011 revolutions were ignited by the hope… » read more

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