This analytical essay deals with two news items. One is good news, that the end of the world is not nigh. To all appearances, the storm has blown over and the risk of uncontrolled escalation of the East-West confrontation sparked by the coup d’état in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Moscow has subsided substantially. The bad news is that we are well into the New Cold War. Read on
Mario Monti’s presentation of his new book at the Bozar auditorium ten days ago was regrettably short on substance, like the book itself. Monti traded political indiscretions for audience applause. With friends like this, the federalist cause of EU reform has little chance of gaining traction. Read on….