The Merkel era and the danger of centralization
Like Louis XIV, German Chancellor Angela Merkel often acted as if she were above the law, making politically expedient decisions over those that would benefit her country and Europe. Unfortunately, she was not one of a kind. Europe’s current leaders are making similar moves, to the great detriment of the ...
Is a major war conceivable?
An attack on Taiwan would likely prompt a military response from the United States, which could in turn lead to a broader conflict in the Indo-Pacific. Unless Chinese expansionism is kept in check, Beijing will only grow bolder
The European migration conundrum
Rogue political actors and well-organized traffickers have used migrants to create a crisis at the EU’s border with Belarus. Instead of helping the Central European member states that have been trying hard to fulfill their duty of securing the Schengen border, Brussels accused them of being inhumane. This attitude will ...
Big Government is watching you
While current headlines focus on countries spying on each other and companies collecting their customers’ data, the most troubling development is how governments have begun to surveil their own citizens. Individual privacy and protection against the state are being eroded, to the detriment of personal freedom
The Central European dilemma
Central Europe is a region of crucial geopolitical importance, as history shows. But now, these states find themselves marginalized by the large Western powers of the European Union. By seeking more political and economic alignment, Central European countries could become a more effective counterweight to Brussels and gain more leverage ...
Threats, risks and hidden agendas
When organizations and governments play shell games with citizens, using red herrings and scaremongering campaigns to shift the disoriented public’s attention away from failed policies, centralist and socialist schemes are usually offered as “solutions.” This is exactly what is happening in the EU and many developed countries. The Western world ...
Climate, science and the dangers of ‘no alternative’
The idea that free-market systems are the culprit behind climate change has reached dogma-like status. Yet prosperous societies have made the most progress in reducing emissions, and companies have done much to improve sustainability. If we want to adapt to the dangers ahead, a more open, fact-based debate on the ...
Supranational organizations and accountability
As several recent controversies have shown, supranational organizations are not above wrongdoing. Many such institutions were originally created with laudable intentions but, decades later, they have for the most part abandoned their original mandate and begun looking for new spheres of activity – often causing harm in doing so
The Biden administration’s loss of credibility
On top of painful strategic and material losses in Afghanistan, the Biden administration is further undermining its credibility with absurd explanations and spineless attempts to blame others for the debacle. This raises doubts as to whether Washington can still effectively lead the Western world in such dangerous times
Courage and leadership in short supply
The chaotic exit from Afghanistan, a debt crisis in China and a political mess in Germany all have one thing in common: they were caused by years of poor leadership. As the Western-centric world order winds down and global catastrophes seem to build and converge, when will governments finally begin ...
China, the elephant in the geopolitical room
When Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced the formation of a new security pact between them, China reacted with thinly veiled threats directed at Canberra. Feeling cast aside, the French government also expressed its indignation – but both Paris and Beijing will need to come to terms ...
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation
Inflation is a grave economic and social illness. The policymakers and central bankers who colluded in running up excessive public debts and rigging monetary policy to sustain them might silently have been praying for higher inflation rates for quite some time. Finally, they are getting their wish. But for the ...
Sustainability: Let business lead the way
To achieve development goals, societies across the world will have to balance economic sustainability, social factors and ecological necessities. Already, business is making strong progress on this front. Governments’ role should be to set sensible parameters, but too often gets in the way, trying to spend or economically plan its ...
Quo vadis, Europe?
In the aftermath of the catastrophic retreat from Afghanistan, Europe was brutally confronted with its inability to function as an effective geopolitical player on the world stage. What the continent needs is to reassess the role of the European Union, and look beyond Brussels to create a cohesive and operable ...
The betrayal of the Afghan people
The Biden administration botched the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, leaving the country in chaos. The Afghans who took part in the Western modernization attempt have been left at the mercy of the victorious Taliban. Letting a 20-year-long intervention go to waste in this manner will have negative geopolitical consequences
Christianity, Marxism, and free society
Despite the death and destruction wrought by Marxist governments, the ideology is enjoying something of a resurgence these days. As troubling as that is, perhaps even more shocking is the rapid rise in anti-Christian sentiment. Both trends are a danger to freedom, but together, they make an even more alarming ...
Afghanistan’s sad story and a new wave of immigration to Europe
The U.S. and its allies are retreating from Afghanistan after 20 years of futile efforts to stabilize the country and end its role as a haven for terror groups. The winners are the Taliban. As these Islamic fundamentalists move to reimpose harsh Sharia rule on the multiethnic population, civil war ...
Climate illusions are no substitute for disaster management
With the onset of floods in Germany and elsewhere this summer, calls have grown louder for more climate change measures. But natural disasters happen all the time. What citizens should focus on is disaster preparedness and management. The Swiss example offers a path forward
The return of geopolitics and war
As the systemic rivalry between China and the United States intensifies, the global security situation also rapidly evolves. New geopolitical hotspots are emerging and nations in conflict are adopting warfare tactics that differ from those of the 20th century. For Europe to adequately tackle these challenges, a broad public debate ...
The self-deception of Western societies
Self-deception and dogmatism leading countries to their doom is nothing new. Historically, such a tendency among the ruling elites has led to major disruptions. As the ill-conceived climate policies and public overspending demonstrate in our time, democracies can be rigged to fall into this trap as well
Afghanistan: The end of the rules-based world order
The long U.S. intervention in Afghanistan is coming to an end. Far from having succeeded at creating a Western-style democratic system, Washington has demonstrated that attempts at imposing values are seldom successful. On the world stage, much more could be achieved by taking into consideration each country’s unique situation and ...
An important lesson from the Swiss referendum on the CO2 law
Swiss people are highly conscious of environmental challenges and do their best to protect air, water and natural habitats. If they narrowly rejected legislation to limit CO2 emissions in a recent referendum, it was because many refused to be intimidated with debate-quashing tactics in the process of formulating policies
Biden’s ‘Build Back Better World’: Opportunities, pitfalls and hot air
G7 leaders have agreed to President Biden’s plan to counter China. The initiative to build infrastructure in the developing world has some merit, but is undermined by vague value pronouncements and a worrying drive toward a tax quasi-cartel
Rising food prices: A harbinger of inflation
Food prices have been rising rapidly in recent weeks. While this trend is caused by a wide range of factors, it is yet another worrisome sign that economic trouble lies ahead in Western societies. Soon, countries saddled with crippling debt could have to deal with an inflation surge as well