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June 2022

European, Politics

French Elections – and the winner is : VLADIMIR PUTIN!

Tonight, the champagne must be flowing in the Kremlin where an important victory has been won. The unexpected result of the French elections is a major step forward towards Putin’s goal of de-stabilizing the European Union; it is likely to compensate for the disappointments caused by the military stalemate on the ground in Ukraine and to encourage the government to show patience and resilience in the face of the sanctions imposed by the West. The taste of President Macron’s “humiliation” will, no doubt, be the subject of the usual sarcasms from Russian politicians and media. As for the results: it is necessary to distinguish between the composition of the new National Assembly and the analysis of the vote. Indeed, the…

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European, Politics

Europeans must stop lying to themselves!

Welcoming the rapprochement provoked by Russian aggression should not hide the disagreements between EU Member States and within NATO. Yes, the multiple crises that are unfolding have created an awareness of the geopolitical, economic, financial, ecological, health, energy and social dangers that threaten us. As was the case in the past, such circumstances have been conducive to advances in the process of European integration, which would otherwise have been impossible to achieve. One example is the “Recovery Plan” which, following the economic damage of the pandemic, overcame deep-seated objections to the use of mu-utilized debt; more recently, the war in Ukraine has re-launched the debate on European defense. This being said, it must be recognized that the intensity of the…

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A new role for Europe in the world?

Following in the footsteps of the Jewish people and the Catholic Church, the time has come for Western civilization to assume the role of a “creative minority” in a globalized world. In a lecture given in New York in October 2013, the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, Jonathan Sacks – already quoted in my last article – gave his perspective on the role of the “Jewish people” as a major contributor to “society” in general, while having taken great care to preserve its own identity throughout history. (https://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/01/on-creative-minorities). He refers to the letter of the prophet Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon (Jer.29:5-7): “Build houses, and dwell in them; plant gardens, and eat the fruit thereof. Take wives, and beget…

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