Thinking Europe’s 1st World Problems
European think tanks held their big annual shindig this week at the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, including not only those of the EU bubble, but also major national organizations such as the French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). On display […]
EU Leaders’ Jobs Promise: The more they talk, the less they do
Was it the fact that both the IMF and the World Bank warned that the eurozone’s economic mismanagement could trigger another global recession? Or that the world’s economic and political elite was dismayed by Angela Merkel’s business-as-usual speech in Davos? Or perhaps because the EU was due to announce that […]
Merkel vs. Schulz: Is the Lady for Turning?
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, attempts to speak at the Brussels Think Tank Forum. The microphone fails, he is unfazed. “This must be Angela Merkel,” he jokes, she wouldn’t want his message to get out. You have probably never heard of Mr Schulz. That’s too bad because […]
A Blessing in Disguise: How resource poverty has prepared Europe for peak oil
If an over-endowment in resources can be a curse, the example of Europe also shows that their absence can also present certain benefits.
Europe’s double standard
The European reaction to 9/11 was very strong, much more so than to other catastrophes and massacres. Why ? As an idealistic 16 year old high school student at that time, the answer I found disillusioned me. Class had just started after the summer holidays at my high school in […]