Ireland’s Recovery has Nothing to Do with Austerity

Voters headed to the polls this Friday should take heed: The Celtic Tiger got its groove back despite – not because of – the EU and IMF’s advice. by Philippe Legrain February 24, 2016 After years of crisis, austerity, and wage cuts, Ireland’s economy grew by 7 percent last year, faster than China’s. With a general election on Feb. 26, …

Vortex of Turmoil, Vacuum of Power

By John Sitilides – Washington Post – Sunday, June 5, 2016 ANALYSIS/OPINION: At the core of NATO’s southeastern flank and the nexus of the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean region a half decade ago was relatively serene. Egypt, Libya and Syria were ruled by enduring dictators. Turkey’s falling out with Israel had been triggered by …

This is Just the Start of the Brexit’s Economic Disaster

By PHILIPPE LEGRAIN – The NY Times – 26th June 2016 Experts are, of course, known to make mistakes. But in this case, the people who voted for Brexit will pay a big price for ignoring economic expertise. The harmful effects of this vote are both immediate and lasting. Britons are already worse off. The pound has — so far …

Trump’s 19th Century Foreign Policy

His views aren’t as confused as they seem. In fact, they’re remarkably consistent and they have a long history. Thomas Wright wrote this article for Politico Magazine in January 20, 2016 – it received 4.5K shares so I thought it was well worth sharing here. One of the most common misconceptions about Donald Trump is that he is opportunistic and …