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Solzhenitsyn on Nationhood NEW
Craig Willy 2 Weeks, 10 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
“Before the camps, I regarded the existence of nationality as something that shouldn’t be noticed – nationality did not really exist, only humanity. But in the camps, one learns: if you belong to a successful nation you are pro...
In Euro We Trust: Are European institutions the secular descendants of the medieval Church? NEW
Craig Willy 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
I’m currently reading Robert Bartlett’s The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350, which describes the spread of Frankish civilization and Latin Christendom from the French-West German-North Italian core t...
Draghi vs. Todd on the future of Europe NEW
Craig Willy 4 Weeks, 10 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Mario Draghi gave a big speech at Sciences Po Paris yesterday explaining what mistakes were made in the euro-boom and euro-crisis years. It makes a lot of interesting points and is almost Kruschev-like as far as regime self-criticism goes. As is typi...
Debate with Leigh Phillips II: Global plutocracy or national democracies? NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
The argument summarized: CHART: “globalization.” (“Globalism” might be more accurate.) Western regimes’ democratic character has declined in general since the 1980s, becoming less pluralist, more elitist and more plutocr...
The Eurozone’s “Democratic Deficit”: A Reading List for the Perplexed NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
This post provides a reading list of major authors, with summaries, on the origins and nature of the lack of demoracy in the eurozone. I will refer to it in future instead of repeating myself what others have already said better. Most everyone today...
Transparency International: The ECB is an ever-more-powerful “democratic black hole” NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
This is actually an old article by Transparency International’s Jana Mittermaier (“New ECB Powers: The Buck Stops Where?”), from September 2012, but it remains entirely relevant. The article succinctly and eloquently explains the ac...
Book Mini-Reviews: Autumn 2013 NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 20 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
I can’t read without having the itch to write, but then who has the time to gather one’s notes to write a “full-on” book review? Life necessarily being a series of compromises, I’ve decided to write some mini-reviews of...
Nigel Farage: Is Marine Le Pen really any worse than your current chums? NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has rejected an appeal by Dutch nationalist leader Geert Wilders to form a vast anti-EU coalition by joining the “European Alliance for Freedom”. Euroskeptics will then continue to be divided into several politica...
Meeting with Emmanuel Todd and Laurent Pinsolle NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
While on a recent trip to Paris I was able to meet with none other than Emmanuel Todd, who was kind enough to speak with me over a long lunch. Of course you see more detail in the flesh – a sixty year old, proud of his still-full head of h...
EU-China Trade: Western Laissez-Faire or Asian Nation-Statism? NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
This is the uncut version of an article written for the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Sustainable Governance Indicators project and published on the LSE’s EUROPP blog. Earlier this year, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault agreed to...
Creeping Towards the Superstate: Some recent EU news NEW
Craig Willy 6 Months, 3 Days, 22 Minutes ago
Five pieces of recent EU news: MEPs on the the LIBE Committee (civil liberties) will vote on whether tech giants need the permission of European authorities to transfer EU citizens’ data to the U.S. Surveillance State or face fines of up t...
The Sacred Sword: Thoughts on Nation-Statehood NEW
Craig Willy 6 Months, 1 Week, 22 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
There is a banality to everyday existence. Days pass, the cycle of work-eat-play-sleep activities blur into each, most experiences forgotten and the rest selectively remembered, with the nagging fear that we might just be “shambling meat.&...
Against European Decadence: Is Europe doomed to debt slavery? NEW
Craig Willy 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 19 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Annual interest payments paid by governments, percentage of GDP Leveraging of different banking sectors I used to not believe in European, or for that matter Western, decadence. Concerning the West, like Raymond Aron, I would have said that, notwiths...
Why Europrotection?: Against globalist dogmas NEW
Craig Willy 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 22 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
I recently launched the French-language blog/news site Europrotection. I came to the conclusion that it only made sense to split the English- and French-language audiences. This nationless “European public sphere” stuff is quaint, but it...
Young adults living with their parents: An international comparison NEW
Craig Willy 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 13 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
This post looks at an interesting phenomenon: the increase in the number of young adults (18-34) living with their parents. The trend is near-universal across developed countries, but particularly affects those suffering from economic crises (United...
Can media tell the truth?: Why all journalism is “opinion” journalism NEW
Craig Willy 8 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
I am more than a little happy to announce that, in a few days, I will be starting work with the German press agency DPA (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) as a journalist. I’ll be covering EU trade policy and the eurozone. As this is the summer bre...
Thorfinnsson on Western free trade and Asian mercantilism NEW
Craig Willy 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
I reproduce here two highly interesting comments by Thorfinnsson on the puzzle of Western (EU, U.S.) attachment to one-sided “free trade” with mercantilist Asian countries (Japan, South Korea, China). He flags in particular Japan-bas...
Why We Can Predict the Future NEW
Craig Willy 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
I got into a debate recently with a colleague of mine on the conclusions of my piece on the emergence of the EU regime. How could I know, be certain, that the Eurozone Superstate will be an austerian, probably financialist, technocracy? It&rsquo...
Understanding the EU Regime: 5 Charts NEW
Craig Willy 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 18 Minutes ago
The EU Regime: Division of Powers (simplified table) How democratic is the EU regime? (table) The EU Regime: Division of Powers (full table) From the Maastricht Treaty to the Eurozone Superstate (flowchart) Unified Theory of the Emergence of the EU R...
Is The Economist converting to mercantilism? NEW
Craig Willy 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Via Gaullist blogger Laurent Pinsolle I’ve come across this fascinating book review by The Economist on how Asian economies are thriving by violating all of the laissez-faire free trade rules dear to both Anglo-American and European elites. IN...