Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Defeat of the Governing Parties in Germany

For many months German and international media have insisted that Merkel would be the pillar of strength, which will halt the rise of right-wing populism. The narrative of the cosmopolitan elite was that Brexit, Trump and Syriza are crazy aberrations … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)

In this magnificent piece of historical sociology, the Austrian Stanford historian, Walter Scheidel, answers the question under what circumstances income and wealth inequality decline. His fascinating answer is that only so-called violent shocks in the form of (1) mass mobilization … Continue reading

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Nigeria: A Country Profile

The media reports that Nigeria’s economy suffers from weak economic development, growing at 2.5% in 2017 instead of the 6% that it averaged until 2014, after which the global economic slowdown dragged down growth in Nigeria as well (FT 2017). … Continue reading

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India and China: A Conflict Defused, A Special Relationship

We cannot know for sure whether India and China have finally ended their conflict over the fragile land border in Doklam/ Donglang. The most recent announcement on the 28th of August is that the border dispute between China and Bhutan, … Continue reading

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