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Should The Commonwealth Live Or Die?

THE biggest achievement of the Commonwealth, its admirers say, is the fact of its unlikely existence. That so many former British colonies and dominions should be content to co-exist in a club which has the queen as its head is remarkable.

Read Here – The Economist

What Is The New German Question?

There is a new German question. It is this: Can Europe’s most powerful country lead the way in building both a sustainable, internationally competitive eurozone and a strong, internationally credible European Union? Germany’s difficulties in responding convincingly to this challenge are partly the result of earlier German questions and the solutions found to them.

Read Here – The New York Review of Books

Germany’s Dilemma

There is a new German question. It is this: Can Europe’s most powerful country lead the way in building both a sustainable, internationally competitive Eurozone and a strong, internationally credible European Union?

Read Here – The New York Review of Books

Commonwealth Takes Over

Men from the Commonwealth – and they are men – are taking over the British establishment’s positions of power.

Read Here – The Spectator

Beyond Chocolate, Cheese, and Banking

The whole of Europe seems to be in economic and political crisis. But there is a small area of calm at the continent’s core: Switzerland. Although much of what makes the country successful would not translate to the rest of Europe, the parts of its political framework that encourage popular legitimacy would — and they would go a long way toward solving other European governments’ problems.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

The European-American Dream

Today, three European countries are among the world’s seven largest economies. Ten years from now, only two will remain. By 2030, only Germany will still be on the list, and by 2050, none will remain. Indeed, by then, the United States will be the only representative of the West in the top seven.

Read Here – Project Syndicate


Searching For A New Paradigm

Five years after the advent of the crisis, it’s time to shed outdated economic paradigms. Four international experts explain the ideas we have to leave behind – and outline what comes next for the global economy.

Read Here – The European

The New Political Geography Of Europe

The euro crisis has revolutionised politics across Europe. Established political
parties are fighting for their lives; countries that thought of themselves as part
of the European core are finding themselves on the periphery; and a huge
gulf has emerged in the core of Europe. What we are witnessing, as the euro
crisis enters its third year, is the emergence of a new political geography for
the European Union that is reshuffling the divisions within and between the
nations of Europe. The crisis is not over, but it has evolved from a banking
crisis and then an economic crisis into an acute political crisis.

Read Here – The European Council on Foreign Relations

The U.K. and the EU: Irreconcilable Differences?

The European Union is a remarkable achievement that now faces its most threatening crisis. The reason for both is the same: Its insistence through the years on combining ambition and ambiguity.

Theoretically dedicated from the outset to “ever-closer union,” member governments never settled on what that might mean, or bothered too much about whether their citizens would want it, supposing they knew what it was.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Europe’s New Year’s Irresolution

Will the eurozone crisis end in 2013, or will it drag on throughout the year, and perhaps even deteriorate anew? This is likely to be not only the crucial question for the European Union’s further development, but also a key issue affecting the performance of the global economy. While the EU clearly needs internal reforms, two external political factors are central to its prospects this year. The first is America’s self-imposed fiscal cliff, which, if not avoided, could throw the United States into recession, with massive repercussions for the world economy, and thus for Europe. Second, a hot war in the Persian Gulf, in which Israel and/or the US confronts Iran over its nuclear program, would result in a sharp rise in global energy prices.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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