NATO urgently needs to redefine its mission

NATO needs to redefine the kinds of threats it is designed to oppose to reflect the current tactics in the Kremlin’s playbook

NATO urgently needs to redefine its missionFounded in 1949, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aimed “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Those were the words of Lord Ismay, its first Secretary General, and those goals largely defined NATO’s mission over its first 40 years. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, however,…

CETA is an intrepid Canadian opportunity

The bad news is that the long roller-coaster ride over the trade deal with Europe isn't over – ratification may still hold some surprises

CETA is an intrepid Canadian opportunityThe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is the right deal for Canada's economy now – and it's essential for the nation's future prosperity. The near-death experience of CETA, the trade deal between Canada and the European Union (EU), exposed the economic frailties of negotiating multi-boundary free-trade deals. The more countries around the table, the…

Canada looks to Europe for a winning trade recipe

In an increasingly protectionist world, finding trade partners for agricultural products is difficult, although the benefit can be huge

Canada looks to Europe for a winning trade recipeCanada's new Liberal government is learning the hard way that in multilateral trade agreements, agriculture and food always create a recipe for contentious debates. Farmers in Belgium have stalled the European Union’s ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) by voting against it. Many other factions within France, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria and Austria…

CETA good for Europe, and good for us

A collection of labour organizations, environmentalists and other groups oppose CETA by ignoring the economic benefits

CETA good for Europe, and good for usRiots against Canada – in Germany? Canadians like to think we are an example of how a country should be: peaceful, prosperous, democratic, clean and mainly green. We state proudly that the world needs more Canada, especially when compared to nations like Zimbabwe, Syria, Nigeria and other failed states facing tyranny, war, famine and disease. And if anyone demonstrated…

Greece can’t crawl out of its deep economy trough

Fiscal constraint and placing public budgets on a forced weight watchers diet is only half of a sound economic plan

Greece can’t crawl out of its deep economy troughSummer 2016 marks a dubious anniversary. One year after the near collapse of the Greek economy last summer, the economic indicators reveal that it continues its downward spiral. In fact, during the past 12 months, Greece’s modern economic tragedy has exacerbated. Unemployment has soared above 30 per cent and disposable income has plummeted by more…

Punks unite to educate on Brexit’s ramifications

It represents a triumph for the angry old white folks they thought they had beaten back in the bad old days

Punks unite to educate on Brexit’s ramificationsPunk: anarchy, class warfare, contempt for political institutions, right? Not quite, maaaan. Punk rock, like all youth subcultures, possessed myriad internal contradictions. It decried racism (as did Joe Strummer of the Clash) whilst some of its proponents (like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols) wore swastika T-shirts. It angrily scorned the upper classes (as did…

Canada should build an economic bridge to Germany

Now is the time to build an economic bridge to Germany that will serve as our new economic beachhead to the EU

Canada should build an economic bridge to GermanyIn the wake of the United Kingdom's Brexit referendum, Canada needs to immediately rethink its economic strategy for reaching out to Europe. France, a strong Canadian partner, remains firmly embedded in the European Union and will continue to serve as our economic beachhead for the francophone countries of the EU. However, since U.K. citizens voted 52 per cent…

Putin’s daydreams coming true

The recent British vote on Brexit means the Kremlin’s fantasies about Europe may not be that farfetched

Putin’s daydreams coming trueBack on June 9, 2012, the Russian tabloid Express Gazeta published a series of ]maps that depicted how Europe might look in the year 2035. So far, in light of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine and the recent "Brexit" vote in the United Kingdom, its projections are proving to be remarkably prescient. In the…

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…

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…