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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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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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Putin’s Catch-22

Putin is in a catch 22. He fears a maidan revolt on red square, he would have nowhere to run when the Russians come and want questions answered, questions pertaining especially to his contact with Russia’s corrupt oligarchy. Questions that would expand to his orders during the the 2nd Chechen war, the Georgian war and …

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Putin’s EU boycott

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014/08/food-fight-eu-weighs-up-risks-of-russias-ban/ Russia could perhaps develop a more effective agricultural economy over the decades, but only if protectionism isolates it from low cost, high quality imports at all times, Russia cannot compete in agriculture in the open market largely because there is no incentive to compete with abroad as long as Russia’s natural resource exports are …

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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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End Euro or EU?

Mrs. Le Pen will hover over Europe threatening to become not only France’s first female president but the one who will exit the Euro or worse, the EU. These threats will not be taken lightly by markets because they risk being implemented. And even today, an increasing majority of mainstream politicians are trying to steal …

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Iranian nukes

@Jason Lam I agree that the Iranians have a justified fear of the Americans especially since they invaded its neighbors Afghanistan and Iraq. At times Iran was certain it was next. But the US withdrawal from Iraq left Iran in control, the quagmire in Afghanistan is debilitating US foreign policy to this day. And yet …

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