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The Two Churchills And The World's "Collective Munchausen Syndrome"

"Stop trying to be Winston Churchill... instead of identifying strategies for debate and discussion which elevate us while they demean and debase our opponents, instead of making every matter existential, instead of choosing grand rhetoric, instead be the most independent, extraordinary, true version of who you are."

Russia-Gate Spreads To Europe

Ever since the U.S. government dangled $160 million last December to combat Russian propaganda and disinformation, obscure academics and eager think tanks have been lining up for a shot at the loot in an unseemly rush to profit that is spreading the Russia-gate hysteria beyond the United States to Europe.

Keep Calm & Carry On

“Before long, we will all begin to find out the extent to which Brexit is a gentle stroll along a smooth path to a land of cake and consumption...”

A Europe We Can Believe In

"In this moment, we ask all Europeans to join us in rejecting the utopian fantasy of a multicultural world without borders. We rightly love our homelands, and we seek to hand on to our children every noble thing that we have ourselves received as our patrimony..."

The EU's Biggest Standing Armies

The foreign and defense secretaries of 23 EU countries (out of 28 in total) agreed on Monday to take further steps towards forming a European defense force. These are the EU countries with the largest standing armies...

Why Australia's Economy Is A House Of Cards

"For over a quarter of a century our economy mostly grew because of dumb luck... As a whole, the Australian economy has grown through a property bubble inflating on top of a mining bubble, built on top of a commodities bubble, driven by a China bubble....Unfortunately for Australia, that “lucky” free ride is just about to end..."

The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward For China And Russia

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about China’s initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the strategic partnership with Russia.

EU Uses Sleazy Negotiating Tactics To Extort More Cash In Brexit Talks

We suspect that if the UK offers something approaching 60 billion euros, rather than the 40 billion euros it wanted to pay, the Irish border issue and others would magically melt away. May and Davis might see this as a price worth paying to stop having to be nice to the likes of Juncker and Barnier. They can watch calmly when a large German, French or Italian bank needs bailing out.

Frontrunning: November 10

  • Trump Declares New World-Trade Order (WSJ)
  • Trump brings tough trade message in vision for Asia (Reuters)
  • Trump Offers Trade to Asian Nations But Only If They Play Fair (BBG)
  • Flynn Probed Over Alleged Plan to Send Back Turkish Cleric (WSJ)
  • GOP’s Dueling Tax Overhauls Struggle to Pass a Key Red Ink Test (BBG)

US, Sweden, Finland Launch New Format Talks: Dancing To Washington's Tune

59 percent of Finns are opposed to NATO membership. Only 22 percent support the idea... Finland started preparations for a major military exercise of a scale it had not arranged since the end of the Cold War. “If there’s a crisis, it will be good for us to practice receiving help...”

London House Prices "Battered From All Sides"

A balance of 63% of respondents reported a drop in London house prices in October, the worst result since 2009. Further falls in the pipeline, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.