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A blog by Leon Oudejans

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From nationalism to imperialism

At the recent UN General Assembly, several countries accused the Russian president of imperialism (eg, 2022 invasion of Ukraine). It has been a long way for Russia: from imperialism to communism to nationalism and back to imperialism. I presume Putin will be proud of being called an imperialist. The countries accusing Russia of imperialism know what they are talking...

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A Russian template for decoupling from China

Within days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Europe and USA have shown many efforts resulting in an economic and financial decoupling from Russia. Before, many opinions did not believe that such a decoupling from China or Russia was possible (eg, FP-2022). These opinions were proven wrong. In my view, the European and US decoupling from Russia is a also...

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Peace dividends and European welfare states

On 28 January 2022, a Pittsburgh bridge collapsed hours before a visit of the 46th US president to promote his Build Back Better Plan, a huge investment in US infrastructure (eg, CNN). The irony was not lost on me. Ever since, I've been wondering about military spending, infrastructure and welfare. The final push for this blog came from this article in The...

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Will the German Federal court confirm the Polish ruling?

The recent ruling by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal was rather smart: only some parts of EU treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution (eg, BBC, Reuters). Hence, the majority of EU treaties is compatible. You will, however, not read that conclusion in any mainstream media. Nearly all media are only interested in: click-bait-fight until future...

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Is a dissolution of the EU and UK, like the Soviet Union, unavoidable?

Late June 2021, the Dutch PM urged the Hungarian PM to leave the EU following a spat over LGBT rights (eg, BBC, Bloomberg, Dutch News, WaPo). Recently, Hungary announced a referendum on its (anti) LGBT law (eg, Guardian, Reuters). If its citizens agree, the EU options seem limited to accept, deny or delay (eg, committee). In 2016, the UK announced a referendum on...

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EU: the balancing of a back office and its front offices

Businesses often use an organizational structure that combines several (external) front offices (eg, various commercial brands) which are supported by a joint (internal) back office (eg, Finance, HR, ICT, Logistics). For this structure to be successful, the power struggle between front and back office should be kept at a minimum. Trust between front and back office...

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