Getting rid of Keir won’t solve the party’s structural, cultural and existential problems… Read More Labour Isn’t Working
As the use of vaccine passports snowballs around the world, concerns about their potential reach and implications are growing… Read More 7 Reasons Why a Vaccine Passport (Pass, Certificate or Whatever They Want to Call It) Should Give Us Pause for Thought
Not even the much reviled Viktor Orban or Andrzej Duda treat democratic opponents in this way.… Read More Catalonia: The EU’s Secret Shame
Last month, former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi formed a new government whose top ministries were handed to unelected technocrats. Now his “government of experts” has outsourced its economic plan to private management consultants McKinsey — without voters having ever had any say in the matter.… Read More Italy’s Government Is Outsourcing Its Economic Strategy To Private Management Consultants McKinsey
It remains in a state of suspended animation… Read More 365 Days With My Mother-in-Law: Boots on the Ground View of Barcelona’s Economy
The advent of a Draghi government speaks volumes about the nature of Italian (post-)democracy, and the perverse effects that the euro has had on the country’s economic, social and political fabric… Read More Mario Draghi Is the Problem, Not the Solution
The prominent Left-wing intellectual Perry Anderson has just published a comprehensive and crushing indictment of the EU from its beginnings to the present. Robert Tombs provides a summary for those who might balk at reading the whole 50,000 words.… Read More A Devastating Indictment of the EU
There’s a gigantic, well-organized, extremely violent fascist group with tens of thousands of active members in Germany right now.
And nobody notices.
If the EU is successful, users will no longer enjoy protection from the prying eyes of government and criminals on popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal… Read More In Fresh Blow to Online Privacy, EU Seizes on Vienna Attack to Enact Long-Desired Ban on Encryption
There is a clear danger that the eurozone could relapse into a double-dip recession before it has regained more than half of the output lost during the first wave of the pandemic… Read More ECB Fears Covid Could Trigger a Financial Crisis
The effect of fear on the general population, and the ability of politicians to manipulate that fear to advantage, should not be underestimated as a danger to society… Read More Covid-19 and the Political Utility of Fear
Perhaps the only realistic thing left to do at this point is to give people back their own responsibility, if only because taking it away from them didn’t work… Read More How Not to Do Corona