Eighteenth century France gave us “doux commerce” — a philosophical notion that commerce can make our interactions softer, gentler, and more humane. Might 21st century France now give us “doux compliance?”… Continue Reading
Since Belarus’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it has maintained strong economic and cultural ties with Russia and has been dependent on Russia’s economic support.
Recent conclusions by international finance institutions, such as the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), however, suggest that the Belarusian government is demonstrating an eagerness to revive its relationship with the West and an intention to open its market to foreign businesses.… Continue Reading
Following the acts of war in Paris this weekend, as the sirens continue ringing in the city, it becomes even more obvious that the Member States can no longer throw rocks at the European Union while thinking they can recreate internal borders and live in quasi-autarky.… Continue Reading
We’re trying to stay calm today but it’s not easy. We just learned why France — the largest country by area in the European Union and second largest by population, possessor of the world’s fifth biggest economy, a founding member of the European Union and the United Nations, a permanent member of the Security Council and member of the G8, NATO, and the Latin Union (whatever that is) — why that France, isn’t prosecuting any foreign public bribery.… Continue Reading
Crooked officials and those who bribe them cripple economies and ruin lives. So all sincere efforts to reduce public corruption and deliver clean government deserve praise. At the same time, not all anti-corruption initiatives are equal, and good intentions can sometimes produce bad results.… Continue Reading