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Balancing competition and cooperation (3)

The 1978 term "winter of discontent" is popular once again, for various reasons (eg, 2021 global energy crisis, 2022 food crises, 2021-2022 global supply chain crisis). Citizens blame their governments (eg, DutchNews). The EU blames the national governments for acting late or not all (eg, Wiley, T&F online). Balancing competition versus cooperation is hard. See...

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The War (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures (GPF) title: The WarBy: George Friedman Date: 13 September 2022 "During World War II, one needed to say only “the war” for others to know what was being discussed. We have reached the same point with the Russo-Ukrainian war. This is not what the Russians expected to happen. They expected the war to be over quickly because they regarded their...

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Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg opinion title: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side Bloomberg opinion subtitle: Russia’s president is overestimating the weakness of Europe’s democracies and underestimating Ukraine’s willingness to fight. By: Leonid Bershidsky Date: 8 September 2022 "A battle for initiative is raging in southern and eastern Ukraine, and signs...

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Truss will only make the UK more miserable. That could be good (FT)

Introduction LO: As always, author Simon Kuper has an interesting and a convincing perspective. I really liked the message in his last line. Also see the FT subtitle below. Or, as my mentor used to say: Everything becomes fluid under pressure (eg, my blogs of 2019 and 2020 and TU Delft). I'm less sure about the author's implicit prediction that the UK may rejoin the...

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Little by little the truth of lockdown is being admitted: it was a disaster (the Times)

Introduction LO: Nowadays, the Why behind lockdown disasters seems to have a simple answer: the infinity of human stupidity (eg, Albert Einstein, Carlo Cipolla). Despite our knowledge on lockdown disasters, China continues with this stupidity. That Why is probably about saving face, a very important concept in China and Asia (eg, source, ThoughtCo.). Given that the...

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Climate change hits electric-car making (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg Hyperdrive title: Climate change hits electric-car making By: Stefan Nicola Date: 22 August 2022 "Automakers racing to make more electric vehicles have a problem: climate change is catching up with the industry. On Monday, authorities in China’s Sichuan province — the source of about a fifth of the country’s lithium production — extended...

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