Europe Has Become an International Joke
Vaccine chaos underlines Europe's failed management of the pandemic. Meanwhile, China rises, the US resurfaces, and Russia makes cutting remarks. Even Erdoğan's Turkey is allowing itself to be diplomatically provocative towards the EU. What has Europe done to deserve this?
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Generations of Albanians Have Lived Off Cannabis Production. Can They Stop?
A drug crackdown has cut back the cultivation and trafficking of cannabis in Albania. But experts say it will take more than police raids and prosecutions to address the factors that have led whole families and villages to grow weed for decades
The Father That Doesn't Want To Leave: Between Authoritarian Violence And Social Anger in Belarus
Lukashenko is no longer a "batska", the father of all Belarusians. His supporters used this nickname because of their affirmation and his opponents – because of patriarchal nature for his rule. He himself accepted the name without a shred of modesty and at times spoke about his role in the third person. However, after 26 years, the children have rebelled and disowned their authoritarian father. By lying and using brutal violence, the long-term leader of the Belarusian state has irrevocably lost his legitimacy among the people. However, this only encourages him to stay in power – by any means necessary
Asset Manager Capitalism and "Sustainable Investing" Pose Enormous Risks to The Environment
The industry is rife with claims of greenwash and poor regulation, but even with these problems fixed, largely passive funds tracking “lower carbon” indexes will do little to drive the transition to a sustainable economy
Four Critical Issues for Biden and Europe
Biden’s electoral victory and the course correction he has already begun are poised to repair America’s reputation abroad and reinstate transatlantic solidarity. Nonetheless, neither side of the Atlantic can afford to be complacent about the challenges that lie ahead
The US and Europe, Partnership or Allegiance?
For John Bolton, an independent EU army is a stab "in the heart of Nato". He warns Europe that its push for "strategic autonomy" could lead to the withdrawal of US troops, leaving Europe defenceless against hostile powers. Donald Trump's former national security adviser and self-confessed "hawk" might be right about certain things. And yet, many of his arguments point directly to the past, which has contributed to the west's crisis of purpose
EU-China: Drop the Masks, Back to Real Diplomacy
Diplomacy in 2020 was mostly about shifting the blame and creating distraction. Effective cooperation on vaccination could contribute to better relations overall. The EU and China started the new year well by announcing a comprehensive Agreement on Investment