Article of the Day: What It’s like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class

What It’s like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class As I mentioned earlier, this series is going to be eclectic.  Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I love planes.  No, seriously, I LOOOOOVVVEEEE planes.  I geek out over the smallest things and usually arrive at airports a tad early […]

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Rockstar Status: Narendra Modi’s American Trip and the Future of Indo-American Cooperation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in front of a diaspora crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York sold out the legendary arena and drew between 15,000 and 20,000 guests.  Modi’s star power in America underlines the incredible opportunity for further bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Think of the number of people who […]

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My take on Scottish Independence

One of my earliest memories of school was my proud Scottish teacher making a 7-year-old me learn the de facto Scottish National Anthem “Oh flower of Scotland.” It was curious for a young boy in France to learn a song charged with national pride and independent sentiments.  That was very telling of the ethos of Scotland […]

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School lunches around the world

There was an interesting Buzzfeed post today about school lunches around the world.  It’s really worth looking at.  I think there are some very interesting observations to make about foreign policy.  Beyond the obvious cultural differences, there are some interesting hints about economic development.  Obviously these are limited examples, yet you can see that countries […]

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My comment on Simon Kuper’s FT Post

The FT’s Simon Kuper put out a very interesting article today on the state of déclinisme in France.  His argument is coherent and generally strong until the last paragraph where he says that France does not change due to the focus of the people on their social benefits.  That’s certainly a problem, but the bigger issue remains […]

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French and German Gulfs on Budgetary Discipline

Wonderful article by Tony Barber in the Financial Times today outlining the differences between the French and German conceptions of budgetary discipline.  I think the main differences between the two is political will.  In Germany it appears as if good budgetary policy is considered shrewd politics.  Conversely in France, particularly among the ranks of the Socialist […]

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Renzi-mania and Hollande-phobia: Defining the Anti-Austerity Rhetoric in Brussels

French President François Hollande’s approval rating was reported at a dismal 13% today, breaking his own record for unpopularity. Amidst the freefall of the President’s approval ratings, there is little wonder that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has assumed the responsibility of leading the anti-austerity charge in Brussels. As the most powerful socialist in Europe, […]

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Ed Miliband, a British François Hollande?

An article last week in The Guardian argued that Britain under Ed Miliband would be similar, at least in substance, to France under François Hollande.  I think that claim is somewhat exaggerated.  Although Miliband is very open about his left-leaning stance, I don’t truly think the two are comparable simply as Miliband appears to have more […]

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