Facts are sacred, especially when aiming for a momentuous change

It was in 2017 that the pro-independence movememt in Catalonia went on a serious offensive. This has created an enormous amount of problems, headache, and resentment on both sides.

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Beware extreme populists on all sides

People like Donald Trump and his right-wing populist ilk are easy to condemn, as they should be. They are so utterly at odds with the modern world, and it is obvious than sooner or later they will become irrelevant.

The same should go for their left-wing counterparts; for every Trump and Bolsonaro, there are extremists at the other end of the political spectrum.

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Liberalism must reinvent itself and conquer extremism

For years, extremists and populists of every ilk have enjoyed quite unprecedented levels of power and influence, at least in traditional liberal democracies.

Joe Biden’s victory in the US is a step in the right direction, but lessons must be learned. Otherwise, free societies will struggle.

Below is a timely intervention and some prescient advice. Anyone with even a passing interest in politics should read this article.

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The EU has no bite. Negotiate a new treaty, eliminate the Veto and get it back

The EU has lost its bite. The facts are overwhelmingly pointing to this reality, in the form of a failed attempt at controlling its access to vaccines, and putting itself at the top of the receiver’s list. The UK sailed ahead of its former diplomatic partner, partly due to a need for recovering from a crippling public health situation, but more simply because as the UK was making important unilateral decisions, the EU was still in the boardroom trying to convince the renegade governments of Poland and Hungary to side with it. They enacted veto powers to block crucial funding at a time the EU was negotiating a budget.

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Make America sane again

It is not easy to say something new about this presidential race, given how much has been written and commented upon. However, it is important to make a stand.

Most Americans have by now either decided who they are going to support, of have already voted in what is likely to be a record turnout.

We believe that the choice is rather obvious this time. Anyone who believes in democracy and international order, who cares about human rights, environment and racial equality should do their duty and vote for Joe Biden. The choice is now beyond mere party politics.   

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We are playing with our future and this has to change

Although all the focus is rightly on the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, we should not disregard our long-term challenges.

Food production and food security are crucial for our future. As societies, we should know more and pay far more attention. The bad news is that if we continue to mistreat and abuse the environment, and if the temperatures continue to rise as a result, the consequences are likely to be unimaginably dire.

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In these times we need cooperation, solidarity and empathy more than ever

We are going through extraordinary times. The outbreak of coronavirus has put virtually everything else on hold and we need to respond.

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We need to make trains a viable alternative to flying

It is beyond doubt at all that we are faced with a climate emergency. In order to respond effectively, we need concrete measures, fast. Among other types, pollution caused by air travel is considerable and we have to think about viable alternatives.

One such alternative is a train network, possibly subsidised by governments. It could be either a network of sleeper trains or something more comprehensive, depending on the means available and feasibility. There are already useful governmental initiatives in Germany and Sweden, which are most welcome. There are also Europe-wide political initiatives, so far unfortunately without a wider impact.

It goes without saying that such initiatives should become truly global, the sooner the better.

We believe that this is a welcome step forward in probably the biggest long-term crisis that we are facing. It is a matter which must be considered urgently.