Article of the Day: Jeremy Corbyn for UK Labour party leader? Blame the bankers

Jeremy Corbyn for UK Labour party leader? Blame the bankers The title of this article is very misleading and doesn’t accurately capture its true value. Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is an interesting one and indicative of a larger trend in Europe of extremisms coming to the fore. What’s very interesting about this development is how different […]

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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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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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The Crisis that Never Was

The first government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls lasted a total of 147 days, making it the shortest government not interrupted by a parliamentary election in the history of the Fifth Republic. Political crises in France are a dime a dozen these days.  Just yesterday, former Economy Minister and current IMF Director Christine Lagarde was […]

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A New European Strategy for Defense

Very important article in the FT today by Philip Stephens on the need for a new vision in European defense strategy.  I really appreciate the fact that rather than looking for some innovative new policy, Stephens argues for a renewal of deterrence.  It is important to stress the difference between deterrence and aggression and I […]

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