Prince Michael of Liechtenstein on the world’s biggest crises
21 September 2016
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Democracy and populists: a misconception
It is hard to escape from warnings that liberal democracy is under siege by authoritarian populists. At face value, this assessment seems correct. But a closer examination suggests that the established parties in Western democracies have also become enemies of freedom and personal responsibility.
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Productivity is no free lunch
Europe is worried about low and declining productivity growth. Most politicians and experts have a simple solution: more high-tech investments and more education, especially for young people. But it is questionable whether this proposed fix is realistic or will bring about the desired outcome. The educational visions that...
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Kim making a monkey out of China in the Year of the Monkey
The Chinese government must have expected that its trouble-bag of an ally, North Korea’s strongman Kim Jong-un, would pull some attention-grabbing stunt on the occasion of the Chinese and Korean New Year, which started on February 8 this year. Perhaps that was the reason why Wu Dawei, the Chinese foreign ...
Ethnic strife continues to stymie Myanmar’s economic potential
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen decades of ethnic conflict and corrupt military rule stifle its considerable economic prospects. With an advantageous geographic location, abundant natural resources and ample labor force, Myanmar has the ingredients needed to become a regional economic power. A win by pro-democracy groups in last ...
Focus on Mongolia: walking the foreign policy tightrope (Part 1)
Mongolia is a large, sparsely populated, landlocked country sandwiched between two much stronger neighbours: Russia and China. For much of the past 300 years, the country has been dominated by one or the other of these two powers. Since its transition to democracy and a market economy in the early ...