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As Donald Trump increasingly shows a disconnect with European values and norms, giving new examples so frequently as to list them would be immediately to be outdated, it seems evident that Europe should look to championing its values and ideals in the world. Europe should no-longer accept being a junior partner in the liberal world… » read more

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CETA, Socialism and Trudeau

The Walloon refusal to assent to CETA is a disappointing development, but understandable. Although I am completely in favour of CETA and increased cooperation between the EU and Canada, what troubles me more is the arrogance Prime Minister Trudeau and his government has displayed towards our European friends. It should surprise no-one that Wallonia, a… » read more

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Great Expectations

The words “there is no greater burden than great potential” have been in the Anglo-Geist for some time thanks to German-American Cartoonist, Charles Schulz. I would like to adapt them for my own purposes: there is no greater burden than great expectations. Politicians often build up their personal myth by promising revolutions. “All that you… » read more

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Trump: A Comparison

I’m sure we are all tired about hearing about Donald Trump, but as a case in 21st century populism, it is fascinating. Before we get my main point, allow me to remind the reader of the significance of all these maple leaves. As a Canadian, my perspective is mostly unique. Specifically, we occupy a political… » read more

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Populism’s Boogeymen

Populist Nationalism is the boogeyman of Europe’s brand on cosmopolitanism. With good reason: it should be no revelation that ideologically, the technocratic blend of globalism practiced by the “international elite” stands directly opposed to, as Koert Debeuf wrote in the EU Observer, tribalism. What cannot be forgotten in the daily condemnation in the media of… » read more

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Hindsight

The world can change dramatically in a week. Sometimes one writes something, only to have it vindicated within months or weeks. Sometimes you write an article about taking a calculated risk in de-prioritising ISIS to publish on the morning of the attack on Paris. Fate is, indeed, a fickle mistress. In the past two weeks,… » read more

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I do not want to write this article, or I should say that I do not want to have to write this article. I wish there wasn’t occasion to write again on another terrorist attack in France. I want to take this opportunity to think out-loud and reflect on this horrible event and my thoughts… » read more

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