Comments written by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein himself provide an informed viewpoint on crucial geopolitical issues. Sometimes challenging and always thought-provoking, these brief commentaries take a stance that stimulate debate.
Palm oil, Russian fighters and the European Parliament
Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of palm oil, has been clearing significant areas of its tropical forests to make room for palm plantations. The EU is alarmed and wants to discourage the policy by reducing palm oil imports. This counterproductive approach to preventing tropical deforestation already has backfired.
Protectionism undermines European principles
Emmanuel Macron came to office promising to liberalize the French economy and reduce the role of the state. But his government is already turning protectionist, threatening to “temporarily nationalize” a shipyard. The move undermines European and liberal principles.
Tale of two presidents: Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron played his cards shrewdly in inviting his U.S counterpart, Donald Trump, to Paris for this year's Bastille Day celebrations. Beneath their obvious differences, the two men share some unlikely affinities.
Crusade for total control
The campaign in many countries against cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin is part of a larger government quest for citizen control. Oversized transaction and compliance systems, ostensibly imposed on financial institutions to help fight the gray economy and terrorism, are in fact control tools, used both by democratic and authoritarian governments. At the end of this road is socialization of all property.
European Union must define its spheres of influence
The EU is a mature, powerful bloc of nations that has vital interests outside its borders, especially in the Mediterranean and Baltic regions, in the Middle East and Africa. Unless the bloc drops its pretense of inwardness and moves to define, articulate and defend its spheres of influence, the multiple strategic challenges that have been dogging Europe are bound to become insurmountable.
Self-destruction by arrogance and hypocrisy
Turkey-bashing remains a favorite sport in the European Union, as shown by the two latest resolutions approved by the European Parliament on July 6. For short-term gain, politicians are needlessly alienating the EU's most important strategic partner to the south and east.
India and U.S. both look to contain China
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have plenty in common – the most important of which is a desire to counter Beijing’s rising influence. With that in mind, Washington could support Indian policy in Southeast Asia and help New Delhi build its role as a maritime power.
Helmut Kohl and the European ideal
If the European Union wants to survive and thrive, it should pay attention to the legacy of Dr. Helmut Kohl. The former German Chancellor, who died last week, belongs to a line of giants including Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer. What they understood is what today's European leaders are getting wrong.
The conflict over Qatar adds to Middle East quagmire
Aside the war in Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula has been a relatively calm part of the Middle East. A sharp conflict over Qatar’s alleged sponsorship of terrorism threatens to add it to the long list of dangerously unstable countries in North Africa, Sahel zone, Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Europe and the United States have big stakes in avoiding this scenario.