The war that Ukraine (and the West) can win

Full-blown war with Russia has never been so likely. Ukraine has no chance to win it, nor can it count on a decisive military support from the West. Both must therefore focus on socio-economic development to win hearts and minds through the establishment of a “Marshall plan” for energy efficiency.

Essais Ukraine

Is genocide still possible in the 21st century?

In January 2015, the world will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp. Though not being the first – nor the last – genocide in human history, the Shoah, with its unique combination of destructive ideology and industrial means that led to the annihilation of millions of individuals within a few years, has sadly become its most popular expression and Auschwitz, its most famous symbol.

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For a smarter and fairer socio-economic model in 21st century Europe

In 2000, the Lisbon Strategy was setting the goal for the EU to become within ten years “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world”. After it failed to meet its objectives, it has been replaced with the Europe 2020 strategy focusing on five key targets to achieve “smart, sustainable, inclusive growth”. While some are likely to be reached by 2020, e.g. in the realm of energy and climate, the persisting economic crisis challenges the overall chances of success of the strategy, especially in relation to employment and poverty.

Essais Union européenne

Uses and misuses of meritocracy

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s recent speech to new Princeton University graduates has attracted a lot of attention, thanks to a fairly good sense of humour – for a central banker – and not least because of his questioning of meritocracy.

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