Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Roberto Savio ROME, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) – Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on the wane, yet the problem is nowhere in Parliaments. Common to all is a progressive loss of vision, of long term planning and...

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

With democracy under fire, Poles take to the streets

Jul 21, 2017

Originally published on ThinkProgress Tens of thousands protested the country’s increasingly authoritarian government, two weeks after Trump’s visit. By E. A. Crunden Just two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland and praised the nation as a beacon of freedom, mass protests are sweeping the country. Around 50,000 people took to the streets of...

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

A “Macroneconomic” Revolution?

Jul 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, which began on August 9, 2007, when Banque National de Paris announced that the value of several of its funds, containing what were supposedly the safest possible US mortgage bonds, had evaporated. From that fateful day, the...

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.

Jul 18, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation Text by Joshua Holland. Graphics and animation by Rob Pybus. This work was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and its Puffin Story Innovation Fund. Last week, in Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. That same day, the Robinsons—Dale and Beth—had a little baby in the...

NATO, OSCE Asked to Pursue Nuclear Disarmament in Europe

NATO, OSCE Asked to Pursue Nuclear Disarmament in Europe

Jul 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jutta Wolf BERLIN (IDN | PNND) – Fifty Parliamentarians from 13 European countries have sent a letter today NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Chair of the OSCE Minister Sebastian Kurz, urging these two key European security organizations to pursue dialogue, détente and...

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Sinan Ülgen ISTANBUL – In Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has been working to centralize political power, opposition parties have lately had few reasons to be optimistic. This month’s massive rally in Istanbul was a rare exception. On July 9, after walking for 25 days from the capital, Ankara,...

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

The Case for an EU-Ukraine Customs Union

Jul 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anders Fogh Rasmussen COPENHAGEN – There will be an upbeat mood at this week’s European Union-Ukraine summit. Reforms and international support are beginning to bear fruit for Ukraine’s economy. An EU free-trade agreement is in place. And Ukrainians can now travel to the EU on just a biometric passport – a prospect most...

Srebrenica massacre commemorated with burial of recently identified bodies

Srebrenica massacre commemorated with burial of recently identified bodies

Jul 11, 2017

Thousands are gathering in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to commemorate Europe’s worst atrocity since the Second World War. The remains of 71 recently identified victims were laid to rest at Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Centre and Cemetery, as mourners observed the twenty-second anniversary of the massacre. 22 years ago, the worst atrocity on European soil...

The G20 and the Inequality Crisis

The G20 and the Inequality Crisis

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Helle Thorning-Schmidt LONDON – Almost a decade ago, facing a near-collapse of the financial system and the risk of a depression, the world needed a new form of leadership to navigate and restore confidence in the global economy. That’s why, in 2009, at his first global summit as US president, Barack Obama joined...

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

Jul 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 7 2017 (IPS) – The G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July comes almost a decade after the grouping’s elevation to meeting at the heads of state/government level. Previously, the G20 had been an informal forum of...