‘The Others’ Alliances

Imran Khan

Pakistan At A Crossroads

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is steadily changing its policies – both domestic and foreign. Outside observers are putting the change down to democratic transition and an Asian-style populism. This is partially justified, since the recent parliamentary elections were relatively transparent and the winner – the current prime minister, Imran […]

g20

The Anatomy Of The G20

The G20 summit in Buenos Aires is over. The vast majority of news and articles focussed on the issues discussed and how the leaders got onwith each other (especially the nuances of the relationship betweenpresidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump), but there was nostructural analysis of the event. Namely, what […]

Austria EU Summit

Secession From The European Union

The way in which Germany and France are refusing the right of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union demonstrates the fact that the EU is not simply a straight-jacket – it also goes to show that the Europeans still care as little about their neighbours as they did during the two World Wars.

Macron and armed forces

Le Bull In La French China Shop

Ironically, Trump’s evident hatred for Europe and calls by his neocon Praetorian Guard for the US to dominate the entire globe have made Europe turn away from its old subservience to Washington and talk about real independence. But building true Euro-armed forces will be frightfully expensive and politically fraught.

Macron vs Poland

Macron Might Be Positioning France As Poland’s Latest Rival

Poland has no direct influence on Western European affairs while France is capable of exerting its own in Central & Eastern Europe through its much more influential status in the EU, so any competition between the two is lopsided from the get-go. It’s difficult to avoid the optics of a rising EuroRealist power challenging the existing EuroLiberal dominance in the continent in practically all respects.