Brexit, a Wake-Up Call for Europe

Brexit, a Wake-Up Call for Europe

The European Union is a historic compromise that’s gradually gotten stronger over its half-century existence. Until 2016. That’s when British citizens, by a very narrow margin, voted to leave the European Union. It’s hard to come up with Brexit’s price tag for the...
Witnessing The Birth Of A New Nationalist World Order

Witnessing The Birth Of A New Nationalist World Order

Donald Trump is a worldly fellow. He travels the globe on his private jet. He’s married to a Slovene and divorced from a Czech. He doesn’t speak any other languages, but hey, he’s an American, so monolingualism is his birthright. His fortune depends in large part on...
Can Europe Resist the Trump Tide?

Can Europe Resist the Trump Tide?

Norbert Hofer is a nasty piece of work. On the surface, he seems like a bland, soft-spoken, conventionally handsome Central European engineer-turned-politician who emphasizes the conventional conservative values of family and nation. But during the recent prolonged...
It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did)

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did)

In the typical time travel story, an enterprising person from the future goes back to 1922 to assassinate young Hitler, or to 1963 to interrupt Lee Harvey Oswald in the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. This time, however, the smarter denizens of the future...
When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime...
Why a “Trumpxit” May Be Harder Than it Looks

Why a “Trumpxit” May Be Harder Than it Looks

Here at Emergency Travel Services, we believe that it’s never too early to plan your vacation. Or your emigration. Based on the latest polls, most of you are confident that Donald Trump won’t be elected president in November. If the election were held today, according...
The UK’s Brexit Hangover

The UK’s Brexit Hangover

It’s the morning after. The British have woken up, dazed and woozy. They’re not exactly sure what happened a few days ago. But one thing is clear: Their political environment is a shambles. Some things are mysteriously missing, like leadership and a whole lot of money...
Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

Much of the discourse and debate around the UK referendum to leave the European Union, a move known as Brexit, seems centered solely on its impact on Britain, Western Europe as a whole, and the U.S.. But Foreign Policy Magazine (FP) warns us, “Brexit Is Bad News for...
Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

This week might represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation. All the treaties, alliances, and unions that have incrementally strengthened the ties between nations over the last several centuries have suddenly been revealed as a house of cards,...
EU Trade Policy Conference

EU Trade Policy Conference

International trade, and in particular TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Partnership agreement between the EU and the US, has recently become a hotly debated policy field in the EU, juxtaposing a coalition of EU institutions and the corporate sector against a large...
Blood from a Stone

Blood from a Stone

Like many other proud Greek-Americans, I’ve visited the country of my ancestors many times over the years. I even lived in Athens for two years while working for the U.S. government. I recently returned to Athens for a week to help the Greek government draft a new...
Why Won’t Greece Take a Deal?

Why Won’t Greece Take a Deal?

Greece is in dire straits. As a Greek American, it hurts to watch. Without emergency loans from its European partners, Greece will default on its debts and likely be forced out of the Eurozone. That means tougher times ahead for Greece, Europe, and international...
Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. The conjoined entity, linked perhaps by a new Bering Straits land bridge, combines the optimal features of capitalism and collectivism. From...
The European Union May Be on the Verge of Collapse

The European Union May Be on the Verge of Collapse

Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous, more integrated,...
Inside-outside Strategy on Wall Street Tax

Inside-outside Strategy on Wall Street Tax

Cross-Posted with The Huffington Post The International Monetary Fund is accustomed to rallies outside their Washington, D.C., headquarters during their annual meetings. What was different this past weekend was that the activists on the outside and several...