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Two things are taken for granted in German politics. First, that there is no realistic alternative to Chancellor Angela Merkel, and second, that the only possible government after the Social Democrats went over to the opposition is a black-yellow-green (Jamaican) coalition of the CDU/CSU, Free Democrats and Greens. But what if neither of these propositions is true?
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
These days, it is easy to forget that European integration is a huge success. The founders were right
that the free movement of goods and people would bind the continent together and
promote peace. But national governments and centralizing democrats have spoiled
a good idea through their own timidity and ambition. If the European Union is
to play a global role, it must return to its roots.
Tensions between East and West are mounting, but
Europe could gain strategically and economically from assisting in the development
of Siberia. Helping Russia shore up its eastern border with China this way would
be also in the long-term interest of NATO and the United States.
European Union wants to create new, complicated systems to tax technology
companies. Doing so will only harm its economy. Instead of engaging in an
economic tit-for-tat with the United States, it should look at how Americans
have fostered innovation and built tech giants. Good places to start include
increasing investment in defense, reducing restrictive regulations and becoming
Germany's voters have spoken by turning their backs on the ruling coalition. As Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to hold the CDU/CSU together and piece together a new government, some interesting possibilities might emerge.
Catalonia and Kurdistan will soon hold referenda on independence. The international community has been less than supportive of these regions’ right to make such a decision. But the right to self-determination is fundamental. Moreover, keeping regions in a country where they do not want to remain can be harmful. On the other hand, using democratic systems to allow independence votes can make governments more efficient and populations more unified.
By attacking large families and ignoring failed states, Europe is tackling African poverty and the roots of its migration problem from the wrong end.
the standoff on the Doklam Plateau between India and China seems to have been
resolved, the countries’ Himalayan border will continue to be a source of
tension. As emerging world powers with aspirations for hegemony, both are
jockeying for influence in other countries in the region, such as Nepal and
China & Northeast Asia
In an interview with Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita at the Krynica Economic Forum, Prince Michael of Liechtenstein discusses the “tectonic shifts” in power structures both regionally and globally. He also explains why countries require a defense industry to maintain peace, and how smaller countries can cooperate to achieve defense procurement goals.
The Trump administration seems to have decided it wants to win in Afghanistan. But if the United States is truly serious, it will need to figure out how to handle Pakistan and India.
South & Southeast Asia