The two deadly sins of greed and power-hunger have become accepted qualities of modern leaders. This does not mean, however, that morality and ethics are irrelevant or obsolete.
The election victory of Donald Trump can paralyse global climate and sustainable development policy for years. But it is not just for to the US to decide whether it actually comes to this.
The battle over the EU membership within the Conservative Party has exposed the deep-seated divisions as well as contradictions of its Thatcherite ideology. These will outlive the campaign itself.
One interesting aspect of the EU referendum in the UK campaign is the manner in which it has divided both of the main political parties. The tone of the debate has been characterised by populism, anger and misinformation. But beneath that, at a more fundamental level, it has revealed the re-orientation of party politics beyond traditional left/right divisions.
Containing terror with security measures only goes so far.
An article with the same title as this one was published in the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s English-language daily a day after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The author, Yossi Melman, describes the attacks as “the result of years of negligence” and “a colossal security and intelligence failure.” According to Melman, Europe missed the opportunity to profit from Israel’s security-related know-how. The author is both right and wrong.
by Evangelos Areteos
From the ashes of this ethical debris of the European civilization and the European project that were born after the Second World War and in reaction to all the ignominies of that past, the nation-state and its populist hubris are emerging as the big winners.