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.
New kingmakers: Putin or Erdogan?
Evidence that Russia tried to manipulate the outcome of the United States presidential elections is flimsy. It is increasingly clear, though, that EU leaders themselves are manipulating their electorates with gross anti-Turkey populism as they try to cling to power.
‘Multi-speed’ Europe, a misleading term
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has prepared a white paper that sets out five scenarios for the future of the EU. While we can cheer this open-minded approach and the idea that there are alternatives to the “ever-closer Union,” the EU establishment seems to be building support for the “multi-speed Europe” option. With such a solution, countries that do not want to be left behind would effectively be forced to toe Brussels’ line, especially when it comes to burdensome regulations.
Addressing migration requires stability in North Africa
German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Egypt earlier this month to lend her support to the government of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. She seems to be the only European leader willing to address the problem of migration from Africa. Stability in North Africa is vital to European interests – but it must avoid making the wrong assessments out of naive sentiments again, and instead take a more realistic view.
France, Europe and the apocalypse
The possible victory of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France’s elections is likely to bring catastrophic disruption to that country and the European Union, but her mainstream opponents are either politically damaged goods or offering equally disastrous, statist solutions.
Burundi and Rwanda: Tale of two leaders and a continent
Burundi and Rwanda are two nearly identical countries that have taken diametrically opposed paths under different leaders. Their experience provides insight into the dilemmas of institution-building in Africa.
The twilight of a European dream
As Washington threatens to slap economic sanctions on the countries that it believes weaken their currencies, reaping unfair advantages in trade with the United States, eurozone exporters, especially Germany, may find themselves in trouble. The root cause of the dilemma, though, is the fact that from its inception the common currency has been misused by politicians.
The United Kingdom’s new positioning
British Prime Minister Theresa May is the first head of government to visit President Donald Trump after he assumed office. Her visit is significant in many aspects, especially in the context of Brexit and new policy orientations in the United States.
A new look at the pivot to Asia
U.S. allies in Southeast Asia have been turning toward China for various reasons. President Donald Trump has declared he will take a tough line toward Beijing, while his determination to retreat from the TPP agreement and reduce foreign involvement has aroused worry in the region. The Trump administration will have a difficult time keeping allies in line, but a focus on bilateral trade agreements offers flexibility and new opportunities.
Russia and the European balance of power
An effective European response to the dangerous challenge from Russia ought to be an old-fashioned carrot and stick policy; the former being a recognition of Russia’s role as a global power with legitimate security interests, and the latter – credible defense.