October 2017



The Week That Was

Hello, welcome to the Week that Was… in which ambition held centre stage.  Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambition was to go back,…


Europe’s Border Problem

For centuries Europe has fought wars over borders. During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Europe’s borders shifted wildly, as…


The Iceberg and the Swan

Even if you despise President Donald Trump, you can’t deny he’s certainly got our attention. I’d be hard put to name a single Press Secretary who…


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Things We Lost In The Mire – 42

CZECH/ELECTIONS – The billionaire businessman Andrej Babis (63) has won the parliamentary elections.  His anti-establishment ANO party vowed to cut taxes, increase investments and curb…


The Week That Was

In this Week that Was there was a Tale of Two Cities, a new chapter in an ongoing saga, a never ending story, and a…


A Most Dangerous Option for Germany

Last week, a delegation of executives from major German corporations met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such delegations are unremarkable. Sometimes they travel together to…



The Forgotten War

The horrors of the Las Vegas shooting, the North Korean nuclear situation and BREXIT, is the perfect cover to allow Assad and Putin to try…