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Warning to London: recent polls reveal that Germans
remain committed to the European Union and are concerned about political
uncertainty, but they expect Berlin to remain tough on the terms of the UK’s
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
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.
charged pseudo-problems and theatrical political “summits” tend to distract the
public from important issues. As a result, many of the world’s challenges
become worse while leaders leave them unattended
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Russia, in retaliation to international sanctions, has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians, officials and military leaders and it is courting Islamic banks seeking to attract Sharia-compliant funds. But the game of tit-for-tat between Russia and the West is proving to be of little benefit to either side. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, can no longer...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Europe and the United States have an opportunity to open constructive talks with Iran as an ally for peace in the Middle East as its new ‘moderate’ leader, Hassan Rouhani, prepares to take over the presidency of the Islamic Republic. Despite rounds of sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme which have crushed the country’s economy, its regional influence has noneth...
Japan’s ‘nuclear village’ received repeated warnings and advice about the country’s plants, but would not accept that they were unsafe. American regulators even pinpointed power system improvements that might have saved more of the Fukushima reactors. When the disaster occurred, the government and plant operator were unprepared and the safety myth was exposed, expl...
Dr. Stefan Lippert