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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.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Emmanuel Macron may be a fresh face, but France’s new president poses much less of a threat to the cosy status quo than his vanquished Republican opponent, Francois Fillon. Now that Mr. Macron has a solid parliamentary majority behind him, he will have to make choices and take sides. Chances are that his eclectic program will prove a disappointment.
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.
Maghreb & the Middle East
Igbo people, who mainly live in the country’s southeastern oil-producing
regions, have been repressed and marginalized for decades. With this
discrimination ongoing, it is understandable that independence movements have
gained momentum, especially considering how the area’s oil revenues all wind up
in federal coffers while its needs remain neglected. Biafra deserves
self-determination, either through a strong local government or independence.
politicians seem to be reacting to events rather than leading. Part of the
problem is the plethora of high-profile international summits, which make for
good photo opportunities but don’t offer any occasion for deeper discussions.
The whirlwind trips give them little time to think through strategy and future
scenarios, making them more likely to act in terms of political expedience.
North Korea's military provocations have goaded the U.S. into one of the largest concentrations of naval force since World War II. The move may ratchet up pressure on Kim Jong-un to moderate his behavior, especially if China joins in. But it also brings the world closer to a potentially disastrous nuclear exchange.
China & Northeast Asia
Around the world, but especially in the Middle East, Christians are coming under attack. According to some estimates, more than 80 percent of all religious discrimination is directed against Christians. However, Western politicians remain silent. Failure to address this issue and defend the rights of Christians where they are persecuted will, in the end, destroy Western civilization, freedom and democracy.
Much of the instability and
risk in the global environment can be traced to Western nations’ tendency to
judge their rivals, but also allies and partners, through the prism of
so-called Western values. The United States is powerful, self-sustained and geographically
isolated enough to get away with it for a while, but European nations face grave
danger if they continue to try to substitute pragmatic give-and-take policies
with arrogance and moralistic lectures.
The CDU swept three regional elections in Germany because local candidates got back in touch with traditional Christian values. That augurs well for the September general elections, provided Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn't ignore the message.
Macron’s proposals to centralize debt and financial functions in the European
Union could, if implemented, put the bloc on a slow path toward disintegration.
However, election results in Schleswig-Holstein have confirmed that fiscally
sound policies have solid support in Germany. If the CDU and FDP can again form
a coalition after the country’s September elections, Berlin will be in a strong
position to continue to resist moves toward centralization. That will be good
news for the EU.