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Will Germans become an appendage to Germany?

Published at: 09-11-2019

Posted on: November 9th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

I repeatedly read the other day an interview by Deutsche Welle with professor Herbert Brucker, researcher on international migration and European integration with the Federal Institute for Employment Research in Nurenberg. He basically argues in favor of immigration to Germany, putting the number of needed immigrants at 400.000 a year. According to his estimations, in 20 […]

Should central banks feel guilty?

Published at: 05-11-2019

Posted on: November 5th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

Central banks in mature and liberal economies have consistently advanced an image of exclusively technocratic establishments and kept political relations to a minimum. The main and single mandate received by most of them, namely to keep inflation under control, meant that their attention focused more on economic theories and models that would help them take […]

Who is spinning the wheel of History?

Published at: 06-10-2019

Posted on: October 6th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

I read the other day with great interest, as I always do, the opinion of the distinguished professor Valentin Naumescu in his article “Is the wheel of History spinning? Why is the West losing ground to Russia and China? The West vs West war”. He expressed concern and, clearly, frustration about the radicalization and polarization […]

Are the ignorant in power?

Published at: 15-09-2019

Posted on: September 15th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

In March 2014, the Washington Post conducted a survey in the US on a national sample on Russia`s invasion of Crimea. The question asked was: how should the US act in Ukraine? Given that two thirds of Americans claimed that they were watching the situation “somewhat closely”, the survey findings came as a surprise. Only one […]

Messrs Musk and Ma are wrong

Published at: 08-09-2019

Posted on: September 8th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

This week a debate between Jack Ma, the CEO of the Alibaba Chinese conglomerate and Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla made headlines  . The debate between the two took place at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Shanghai. We should say as an aside that organizing the conference in China was no […]

The hypocrisy setting the world`s forests ablaze. The Amazon is only the beginning.

Published at: 28-08-2019

Posted on: August 28th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

The Amazon rainforest is going up in flames. Here is one telling piece of statistics among the plentiful statistical data on the millions of hectares of forest wiped out in the last weeks. According to the New York Times, the rate of Amazon deforestation has increased by 39% this year from the same period last […]

Central banks buy hundreds of tons of gold. What about us?

Published at: 23-08-2019

Posted on: August 23rd, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

Bloomberg is signaling the fact that in the first six months of the year countries all over the world have bought over 370 tons of gold, pushing the demand for the precious metal to a three-month high. This has caused gold price to climb to the highest level in the last six years. The Russian […]

70 percent of Romania’s military equipment dates back to the Soviet era

Published at: 05-08-2019

Posted on: August 5th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

This is the second part of my talk with retired lieutenant general Alexandru Grumaz. RC: Given the competition for army digitization, what should Romania`s endowment strategy look like? AG: We should have a very clear understanding of what our specific needs are based first and foremost on the national interest, military doctrine and the assessment of […]

The US-Russia arms control architecture risks collapse

Published at: 29-07-2019

Posted on: July 29th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

I am talking this week with retired lieutenant general Alexandru Grumaz*, who throughout his professional career held senior positions within the Ministry of National Defense, as head of the Department of Defense Resource Management, director of the Integrated Defense Planning Directorate or Arms Inspector. He is currently running the Security Analysis and Studies Center. This […]

How will the “war of the century” end?

Published at: 21-07-2019

Posted on: July 21st, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

At the end of 2016 I published a post entitled “The war of the century which will define our future”. There I noted that globalization had caused the Capital – Labor balance which ensured the sustained growth of a thriving middle class in the advanced economies after the second world war to be broken. In […]

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