The historic step that has just been taken in defence suggests that the EU prefers to close ranks when advancing onto new ground.
One hundred years down the line, the dystopia of central planning and total control cannot be written off as extinct. Will they be reborn under big data?
The EU has supported the Spanish government in its dispute with the separatists of Catalonia. It has done so in defence of its own interests.
And now Germany: similarly to most other European countries, the Federal Republic will now also have a right-wing party decisively present in its national parliament. The 13% share of the vote achieved by Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the 24 September elections could almost be called a landslide victory.[...]
«America First» puts the US global leadership in jeopardy and also undermines the position of a West that is deprived of significance without a leader.
Another European Council meeting went by, with no substantial changes regarding Turkey-EU relations. But, this story is not over.
Distrust permeates our societies: distrust in governments, in parliaments, in the news media, and even corporations have lost ground in this respect.
Apart from its Great Firewall, the Chinese state runs an elaborate system of censorship and manipulation of social media.