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Cultures, values, nations and good reasons to believe in the EU

Dear Gideon, There’s one thing here which is that cultures and values are intimately related. Some mistake the nation for a timeless construct of ethnic homogenity this while most nations and their ethnic makeup now in existence are less than a century old and the modern concept of nationality arguably was something for quite a …

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FT “Donald Trump’s trade tirades show his mastery of the message”

Thanks Rana, an excellent perspective. Let’s first dispense with that I consider Trump to be completely unfit for the office he occupies and consider him to be the largest actual threat to US national security and international well being. Having said that though, he is striking out with energy and agenda in an indomitable way and …

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Technology, Ukraine and the fading of the nation-state.

Technology is what enabled Westphalia and is what is now slowly fraying it. Our national identity has weakened significantly as we’ve become far more exposed to other people and cultures. The nation state grew because communication was and could be constrained to language and geography. Moscow and Beijing still believe they can control that narrative …

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EU, Immigration, Romania, Bulgaria, David Cameron and European coalitions.

I am hopeful now that Cameron has had a positive experience in Europe that he can rally another coalition on this topic and alter existing agreements. A Bulgarian friend once told me he felt their country wasn’t ready to join the EU when it did. That the prospect of membership is what pushed reforms. That …

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