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A number of trade unions have recently denounced McDonalds’ fiscal optimisation policies. According to the unions’ experts, between 2009 and 2013 McDonalds paid only 16 million euros in profit taxes across the EU states in which it operates instead of the 1.06 billion euros it should have paid if tax avoidance schemes had not been… » read more

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Suite à la publication, l’automne dernier, de la version numérique de mon livre « Le nouveau pivot géographique de l’histoire », je m’attendais de vendre en France et dans les pays francophones quelques dizaines d’exemplaires, voire plus. La géopolitique, après tout, est devenue récemment un sujet «à la mode » parmi les intellectuels, comme le… » read more

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Pour ceux qui s’intéressent à la géopolitique globale, la version française de mon livre sur la théorie du pivot est maintenant disponible sur la plate-forme Kobo (Fnac) à l’adresse suivante : Le nouveau pivot géographique de l’histoire La fin de la thalassocratie anglo-saxonne Depuis la défaite de Napoléon, deux pays maritimes – l’Angleterre et les… » read more

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Two states from two very different regions of the world, steeped in different cultures and religions, are these days in the throes of civil war and face disintegration. I am referring, of course, to Iraq in the Middle East and Ukraine in Eastern Europe. If anyone had the curiosity to ask why two such different… » read more

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After almost a year of sustained anti-Russian propaganda in the Western press, Foreign Policy – published by the American Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – has decided to print an article by John J. Mearsheimer which reads like a veritable Western mea culpa for the crisis in Ukraine. From the very start, the article denounces… » read more

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One hundred years to the day, the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural state model received its first major blow. A few years later in the wake the first world war, the multi-ethnic Austro-Hungarian monarchy collapsed and was replaced by a plethora of new national states. Not all of these states, however, were built as purely ethnic entities. Yugoslavia… » read more

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The tragic accident of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has shocked the European public – and with good reason. Less justified, however, is the attitude of some EU national leaders who are trying to use this tragedy in order to slap more sanctions on Russia. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace in Moscow,… » read more

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In the allocation of world power, the periods of hegemonic transition have always been fraught with major confrontations. One hundred and ten years have passed since the British geographer and economist Halford J. Mackinder published his notorious paper on geopolitics, The Pivot of History, otherwise known as the Heartland Theory. In his view, economic and… » read more

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Current developments in Ukraine might lead us to forget why the crisis has erupted in the first place. In short, Putin’s project for an Eurasian Union and his desire to include Ukraine within it had prompted the Maidan protests and the overthrow of the Yanukovych administration. Less debated these days is Mrs Clinton’s role in… » read more

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