Brexit, Trump symptomatic of a dying status quo

Free-trade deals and globalization will not survive for long in the absence of real social progress

Brexit, Trump symptomatic of a dying status quoObvious problems are emerging in North America that are not dissimilar to the issues tearing apart the European Union. At the Three Amigos summit last week in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto celebrated the North American Free Trade Agreement and the shared values of…

Democracy is wasted on the little people

The so-called elites can't understand how ill-informed, xenophobic ignorant rubes could reject the counsel and values of their betters

Democracy is wasted on the little peopleIn his 1995 book The Vision of the Anointed, maverick American economist Thomas Sowell took aim at what he described as the prevailing vision of the intellectual and political elites. Dubbing them “the anointed,” Sowell worried that the degree to which their assumptions were taken for granted by “so-called thinking people” meant that no other…

CETA on life support because of Brexit

If CETA is ratified any time soon, and that is becoming more doubtful every day, agricultural issues will likely be left out

CETA on life support because of BrexitThe Brexit vote has left Europe in a mess – and dealt a serious blow to Canada's trade prospects. The British pound is dropping, world markets are scrambling and most are wondering how the political establishment will address what appears to be a constitutional vacuum related to exiting member-states of the European Union. It speaks…

How Brexit will affect Canada

Britain's withdrawal from Europe may hurt Canada’s access to the much-larger European markets

How Brexit will affect CanadaBrexit is a game changer but how can one country’s decision to leave an economic union affect that nation, its former partners and the world, including Canada? Any real changes in trade conditions, labour mobility, etc., will take at least two years to define, negotiate and implement. But negative anticipation and uncertainty have already thrown…

Brexit financial repercussions will be felt for years

The referendum has aggravated growing concern about the instability of the global economic landscape

Brexit financial repercussions will be felt for yearsThe Brexit referendum result has the makings of a global financial disaster. Fifty-two per cent of United Kingdom citizens who recently went to the polls voted in favour of leaving the European Union. It's a decision that will be felt around the world for years. In fact, the Brexit vote will have gigantic economic repercussions…

Russia the big winner in the post-Brexit uncertainty

The EU’s resolve to continue sanctions against Russia may well weaken, with the nations of Eastern Europe caught in the crosshairs

Russia the big winner in the post-Brexit uncertaintyBritons’ June 23 vote to leave the European Union set the stage for a multi-year period of negotiations that will allow Great Britain to revise the terms of its participation in the EU and possibly lead to a complete withdrawal from the organization. The results, which triggered the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron,…

Why Britain’s exit from the EU wouldn’t make sense

Brexit proponents fail to recognize how important Europe is to Britain's economy, and how critical Britain is to Europe's stability

Why Britain’s exit from the EU wouldn’t make senseVoters in Britain will determine the fate of the European Union on June 23. A decision to ‘Brexit' – leave the 28-nation EU – could have far-reaching implications for Britain and the world. Arguments for Britain leaving the EU tend to focus on seemingly irrational fears: fear of being swamped by foreign immigration, fear of British…

From Trump to Brexit, it’s all about nationalists vs. globalists

The tension between nationalists and globalists is very real and we’ll have to live with the consequences of how it turns out

From Trump to Brexit, it’s all about nationalists vs. globalistsScratch the surface on many of today’s contentious topics and you’ll find the clash between nationalism and globalism at the heart. While some people worry that the concept of national sovereignty and control is being eroded, others see such a development as a feature rather than a bug. To the nationalist, preserving national identity and…

Could the UK actually leave the European Union?

The UK’s relationship to what is now called the European Union has always been ambivalent

Could the UK actually leave the European Union?With Scotland’s independence referendum in the rear-view mirror, the UK is on course for another mass public consultation, perhaps even as early as this coming June. The question will be direct: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? This is known in media parlance as Brexit,…
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