The cost of development

From the early 60’s to 1997, the key word in South Korea was development. Social policies, inclusiveness and welfare were subordinated to growth and fast development. Competitiveness, earnings and being part of the production machine were the only way to receive benefits from the state. South Korea, just like Taiwan, Japan and most Asian countries …

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A not so subtle slap

A good government knows exactly what lie it has to tell in order to justify controversial or unpopular actions. These lies sometimes are almost unnecessary, given the obvious truth they are trying to cover but are still necessary for diplomatic reasons and purposes. The Netherlands seem to be well aware of such rules of the …

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An unfair race

The biggest criticism towards European institutions is their apparent inability to distinguish between each country's condition and lack of flexibility. I have always found many attempts at standardizing patterns and behaviors, political and economic, unnecessary and forced. Economists, just like any other expert, thrive on the creation of systems, universal truths and dogmas to legitimize their work …

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Should Asia’s economy be a model to follow?

Inclusive growth’s definition is simple: A condition in which state policies promote a more equal distribution of wealth and opportunity among its citizens. Yet, the term is way more complex than what the textbook definition tells us. The discourse, as tackled by many economist, fits perfectly with the concept of inequality and economic development as it relates …

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Iran, Saudi Arabia and everyone else in between

The two largest countries in the middle east are also the two most important players in the region, but cooperation between the two has almost always been off the table. The reason being, as it often happens in that area, of religious nature, specifically the two are different kinds of Muslims: The Saudis (like the majority …

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Cold War II

When the Berlin Wall fell many believed that with it the Cold War also ended. Fast forward 27 years and the aforementioned assumption appears to be quite wrong. Just like during the Cold War, the west and Russia are clashing using "proxy" countries as settings for their battles. In the first conflict they were Vietnam, Korea, …

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Il potere della Vallonia! (ITA)

Un paio di giorni fa, facevo notare come paresse goffo e inefficace il sistema politico dell'Unione Europea. Non ho nemmeno fatto in tempo a finire di scrivere la suddetta frase, che leggo questa notizia: la Vallonia (si, la Vallonia) ha bloccato un accordo commerciale con il Canada già firmato e approvato da tutti gli altri membri dell'unione. Per capirci …

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