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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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Staying in the EU

Beautiful interview Simon. My parents were teenagers when WW2 ended and I live a walk away from the British Airborne cemetery at Oosterbeek. That we don’t better celebrate what binds us in Europe and transatlantically is a very sore spot to me as well. It certainly isn’t difficult for my parents and grandparents for whom …

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Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow and Russia’s role in Syria, some thoughts.

Russia’s parade on may 9th celebrated the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. It is a very meaningful parade centering around perhaps the most formative events behind the industrial and military power and outlook of the Soviet Union and Russia. Just two guest leaders attended; the President of Serbia and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. …

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La Grande Culture Est Mort

The French elite is binge watching American shows on Netflix in private while insisting that the culture of their grandparents is set in stone and must be protected from foreign influence. Long dead politicians, artists and ideas are presented as the ideal France. Youth culture in France today is considered an aberration, a foreign (largely …

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