As the planet’s top business and political leaders convened in Davos last week, the great leveler was not just the slippery snow on the Alpine streets, but the recognition that countries’ domestic agendas today are composed of different moving parts that no single business initiative or political
February 03, 2018
The vote by nearly half of Catalans to secede from Spain may not replicate precisely the Brexit vote to leave the EU, yet the sentiments driving both decisions — essentially to up sticks and leave — reflect the near impossibility of governing today’s democracies.
November 05, 2017
Last year, following Britain’s EU referendum result, I wrote that the British “do not have the temperament nor the stomach to claw back some sort of membership of the European Union,” because “the political fight to remain will not match the emotional instinct to leave.”
July 21, 2017
So long as the EU will not allow Brexit to be the template for further exits by its remaining 27 members, the success of the negotiations will depend on who blinks first.
May 07, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprising, though not astonishing, announcement that she would ask Parliament for a general election on June 8 comes on the heels of a soul-searching referendum 10 months ago, in which Britain voted to leave its EU partner of 42 years.
April 22, 2017
Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday was, on first impression, a welcome harbinger of a restrained and more presidential attitude.
March 03, 2017
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s speech last week, in which he pronounced it his “mission” to persuade his fellow citizens to “rise up” and change their minds on Brexit, will have a minimal impact on rallying remainers, and even less on convincing Brexiteers.
February 20, 2017
It was a week of metaphors and symbolism for the snowy retreat that annually caters to the communication skills and networking needs of the world’s influencers, including prime ministers, business leaders, policy analysts and philosophers.
January 24, 2017
The recent publication by Buzzfeed of the 35 page intelligence dossier on Donald Trump by a British ex-MI6 agent has, not surprisingly, stirred controversy.
January 17, 2017
So it happened: A bewildered Hillary Clinton conceded defeat, with dignity and graciousness, after the waterboarding of the nation’s values of common decency by a Trump campaign that left Americans choking on its populist spittle.
November 15, 2016