Billions Down the Drain

Something has got to give in the Mexican standoff between President Trump and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives. Chances are that sooner or later, some money will be appropriated, a few billion dollars rather than the full amount that the president is trying to exact while he holds hundred of thousand of…

The Loneliness of Macron

There was a time when political crises in the liberal democracies originated among the elites that were the only stakeholders of power. Since then, things have changed in a tumultuous fashion as crisis is no longer internal but proceeds directly from the people with the elites unable to control it. France is a dramatic example…

Trump and Macron, a dialogue between two ‘deaf’ presidents

French President Emmanuel Macron obviously likes to disturb a hornet’s nest, as he did just before President Trump landed in Paris for the celebration of victory in World War One. While calling for a “true European army,” Macron said something that was guaranteed to grate on the American president: “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China,…

From fourth estate to Enemy of the people

President Trump, a leader who does not know much history, is certainly unaware of a speech made in 1956 by Nikita Khruschev to denounce Stalin’s cult of personality in which he called for an end to the use of the term “enemy of the people” by reminding Russians that it was used to “annihilate” individuals who disagreed with Stalin.…

History will judge Trump’s embassy decision

“A great day for Israel!,” proclaimed president Trump in celebrating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem while Israeli armed forces slaughtered dozens of Palestinians. The demonstrators were trying to dismantle the borderline that cages them in the Gaza strip. They had been warned not to try. Israel made good on its warning by…

Macron and French soft power

“Make France Great” seemed to be the mission of French president Emmanuel Macron while visiting the American president who had launched his electoral campaign on a similar slogan. In truth, Macron aims at “making our planet great again,” as his office has put it, by embarking on a diplomacy that is closer to the American concept of “soft power,” a…

Trump Makes No Friends In Europe

No progress was made at the meeting of the G7, the first attended in Europe by President Donald Trump. In fact, the summit of the seven countries took a few steps backward and the climate of suspicions and misunderstandings between the European members, Japan and Canada on one side and the United States on the…