European Union

The EU’s Lost the Plot

The EU’s Lost the Plot
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27.12.2022

The EU, with much ado, this week announced the NINTH sanctions package on Russia. What is it about sanctions the EU doesn’t ‘get’? Russia has comfortably survived Western financial sanctions (even the fervently anti-Putin Economist concurs). Perhaps it is the tech sanctions which ultimately will ‘strangle Russia’. Good luck with waiting that one out! Who ends up strangling whom?

The Many Interwoven ‘Wars’ – A Rough Guide Through the Fog

The Many Interwoven ‘Wars’ – A Rough Guide Through the Fog
25.10.2022

We now have an embarrassment of ‘wars’ of which paradoxically, Ukraine is perhaps of lesser strategic import – though it does retain significant symbolic content. A ‘flag’ around which narratives are spun and support rallied.

Yes, there are no less than five overlapping and interlinked ‘wars’ underway – and they need to be clearly differentiated to be well understood.

These last weeks have witnessed several epochal shifts: The Samarkand Summit; the OPEC+ decision to reduce the oil production of member nations by a (headline) two million barrels per day as of next month; and President Erdogan’s explicit declaration that “Russia and Turkey are together; working together”.

Bedrock U.S. allies, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, India, South Africa, Egypt and groupings such as OPEC+ are taking a major step toward autonomy, and toward the coalescence of non–Western nations into a coherent bloc – acting to its own interests and doing politics ‘its own way’.

Economist Professor Warren Mosler: "Sanctions against Russia make no sense: with free Gazprombank it's as if they weren't there"

Economist Professor Warren Mosler: "Sanctions against Russia make no sense: with free Gazprombank it's as if they weren't there"
06.10.2022

In the structure of the modern Western world, wars currently no longer serve the purpose of settling scores between two countries, moved by the principle of self-determination of peoples. Rather, they are the excuse to justify geopolitical events aimed at the expansion of the power of those financial lobbies, for some time now unchallenged, commanding and deciding over the lives of a large part of the planet.

"Le moment populiste", part 2. Three dangerous tendencies of modern world

For many decades the people noticed that their daily lives were deeply effected by developments that they had never been consulted about, that the political class, in all its tendencies, never sought to change or stop. Photo: digitaltrends.com
For many decades the people noticed that their daily lives were deeply effected by developments that they had never been consulted about, that the political class, in all its tendencies, never sought to change or stop. Photo: digitaltrends.com
12.10.2017

Boulevard Voltaire introduces its readers to a recent book that the editorial team appreciated. Every day, a new extract is published. Le Moment populiste. Droite-gauche, c’est fini!, by Alain de Benoist.