A Year of Brexit: Island of Woes and Mixed Emotions

It is an isle, or an island, depending on who is speaking. It is in Europe and that is a fact. Yet some there think they are not European because Europe is a continent. It is that minority belief, which snowballed into a referendum, which, in turn, put the island on a cliffhanger of instability…

Une Europe sans valeurs?

An unpublished article in French, which I wrote two years ago now. It’s been sitting in everyone’s archives because it was deemed 1. too long and 2. too “extreme because of the content” (The French talk about laïcité like it is the contrary of religion and society). I am not the extreme conservative nor that…

Recap: the world in crisis?

In a month, we have seen more damage to reputation than probably any other time this year. The world has been left in a lurch, between Western countries, who deal with internal or regional crises due to internal shall we say political unrest, and the other continents, who are still battling demons in the form…

Elections and a decrease in democracy?

Democracies in crisis worldwide, many countries holding elections but with unhappy citizens… coincidence?? Probably not. On the other hand, while everyone is bickering with everyone else, everyone (notice the repetition…) is watching the elections of the one “super power”, which is obviously no longer a super power. These so-called “elections” might also make the reader…

Is Ignorance Bliss?

I was asked about America’s perception of the EU at an interview recently and even though I answered what I know for sure, it got me thinking… What is the EU for the average American? He does not know about the politics of it, the institutions, or what are  EU benefits. All he knows is…

Bundestag reconnaît génocide arménien

On en a déjà parlé au début du mois mais voilà encore: l’article publié dans le Taurillon le 17 juin 2016. Qu’est-ce sera maintenant l’état des relations turques avec l’Union européenne et aussi les relations entre la Turquie et l’Allemagne?? Affaire à suivre dans les prochains mois en ce temps de crise (économique, politique et…

PNR, Europol and the need for a coordinating solution

Intelligence has never been as extended as in today’s digital age. It is also the movement of information, whether through media, the markets, the stocks, finance and banking or government and politics. The question now in this digital age, is where are the borders and when do we draw them up specifically to follow them…

“Car-scans”: What??

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance posted a small trinket on LinkedIn Pulse post the March events in Brussels: a bit of e-marketing, which no political analyst or journalist accepts without a response. Here was the response to this small trinket, a copy before it was forced to be deleted: Many years and much experience have taught authorities…

Affaire Böhmermann: Liberté de presse sous attaque??

Suite à l’accord entre l’UE et la Turquie conclu le 17-18 mars dernier, les tensions sont fortes. Le dernier incident n’en contribue pas moins … Erdogan a porté plainte contre un humoriste allemand, Jan Böhmermann, et a exigé que la chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, commence une procédure judiciaire contre l’humoriste en question. Chose demandée, chose…