A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

A British, Bexit bombshell

I see that the Financial Times (and every other media outlet) reports that "Theresa May has announced her resignation as Conservative leader, clearing the way for a new UK prime minister to pick up the formidable challenge of delivering Brexit and reuniting a shattered party ... [finally, I might add, and] ... Mrs May said in … Continue reading A British, Bexit bombshell

Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Robert Kagan, the realist, or as he prefers to call himself, the liberal-interventionist historian, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a rather frightening essay in Foreign Affairs which is headlined: "The New German Question ~ What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?" Dr Kagan reminds us that "The German question produced the … Continue reading Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

So, just a few months ago the budget battles between Italy and the EU were seen, by some observers, as being even more important for the future of Europe than was the Brexit. The headline in Bloomberg Businessweek shouted that "The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit ~ Brussels can handle losing London, but … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

A special place in hell

I wrote, a bit more than a week ago, about the words and deeds that are, steadily, pushing more and more Brits, including even some Remainers, towards accepting, even welcoming a "no deal" or Hard Brexit. Now I see two articles that suggest that it's just getting worse in Europe, as frustrations, on both sides, … Continue reading A special place in hell

A Hard Brexit?

This is tied back, a bit, to yesterday's post about the future of Europe, with or without Britain. Two things caught my eyes last week: First a blog post on The Spectator web site by Ross Clark that noted that there is considerable evidence that British attitudes towards the Brexit are hardening. Mr Clark thinks … Continue reading A Hard Brexit?

Where is Europe headed?

While it is, nearly, impossible for one to contemplate what the next steps might be in the Brexit fiasco, the remainder of the European Union chugs along ... in a way. I see, in an article in the Express, that French President Emmanuel Marcon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have, in a ceremony in the … Continue reading Where is Europe headed?