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New stars
The end of the year is usually a time for speculation. Prediction is difficult; it is easier to imagine. Never has there been so much financial liquidity in the world: will it continue to flow into loans, which are also debts? For a long time now, dictatorships have not been so assertive about...
Inconvenient law
There is considerable controversy about European judges, on the grounds that they impinge on the "legal sovereignty" of EU Member States. These judges come under two different jurisdictions: the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which assesses compliance with the European Convention...
Bad news from Germany
The tight and uncertain outcome of the German parliamentary elections has once again shown the difficulties experienced by democracies today, and which are to the delight of autocrats and dictators. It will not be easy to form a majority, whereas Germany has become accustomed to the stability of a...
German uncertainties
Europe needs to get moving! The external and internal challenges that it faces are likely to require a lot of change. Its security, growth, power and the support of its people will require policy revisions and bold decisions. The German parliamentary elections on 26 September are...