Summary: Banks are the financial heart of modern nations, and Europe's are in trouble. One of its greatest, Deutsche Bank, has severe problems. Here Stratfor looks at the perilous state of Europe's banks, looked in a doom loop by their holdings of government bonds. Can the Eurozone Break Its 'Doom Loop'? Stratfor, 16 February 2017. … Continue reading Stratfor: can Europe’s banks break free from their doom loop?
Summary: Brexit and Trump's election were followed by hysterical predictions of doom by experts, helping journalists manufacture exciting news for their apathetic audiences. Italy's citizens defied their centrist technocratic leaders, producing yet another round of ominous forecasts. For those who like their news straight and sober, here is an analysis of Italy's situation by Stratfor. … Continue reading Stratfor: Italy After the Referendum. What comes next?
Summary: Europe's elites warned that Britain would suffer for daring to leave the EU. Suffer severely and soon. Four months have passed since the June 23 vote and Britain has felt no ill effects. Britain might have the last laugh, since the EU has to redo its budget following the loss of its second largest … Continue reading Stratfor: the EU faces painful budget battles after Brexit
Summary: Here's an essay about the European Union from one of Stratfor's more perceptive analysts. It provides a unusual and insightful perspective on Europe's long quest for unification, and the bumps along the way. Europe, Unhappily Ever After By Reva Goujon. Stratfor, 20 September 2016. The scene at Bratislava Castle last week was a familiar … Continue reading Stratfor: European unification – they’ll live unhappily ever after
Summary: Here's one of the best essays I've seen about the deeper causes of Brexit, beyond Britain's elites blaming the ignorance racist proles (which conveniently excuses them of any responsibility). Professor Mark Blyth shines light on the real forces at work, and shows how the US has similar problems. Brexit and Trump are the start … Continue reading Professor Mark Blyth explains the real roots of Brexit & Trump
Summary: The EU's own polls show that immigration is the top concern of its people. Unless they change course, Britain might be just the fist to leave. Also, after declaring its supporters to be racists, now some on the Left adopt the Brexit vote as an expression of their views and policies. They ignore the … Continue reading Immigration: a cause of Brexit, denied by the Left
Summary: The two previous posts brought us to the edge of analysis about Brexit, beyond which lies guessing. But there are sparks by which we can see what might happen in the next few months. I've gathered some of them here for you. Sunrise or sunset for Britain? Elites & their courtiers consider it foolish … Continue reading The reactions to Brexit show its true significance