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Interview with Jordi Sànchez i Picanyol, President of the Catalan National Assembly

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Common Sense had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jordi Sànchez i Picanyol, President of the Catalan National Assembly, which is a civic organization based in Barcelona and dedicated to promoting Catalan language, culture and Independence from Spain. Mr. Sànchez i Picanyol became the leader of the assembly after the former leader, Carme Forcadell i Lluis, […]

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Brexit: Day Three

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Our first full weekend after Brexit has ended and, shockingly, Great Britain has not tumbled off into space. There has been financial turmoil, with sterling taking a beating and the FTSE falling substantially. Some European markets did even worse, especially the Spanish IBEX that had its worst day in history. Yet all this bloodletting on […]

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Brexit: All Bad Options

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Great Britain votes on its political future tomorrow. It is the most momentous popular movement since the 1990’s, when ordinary citizens tore down the Iron Curtain on their own initiative, brick by brick and link by link. Like that earlier spontaneous revolution, the forces that led to it have been silently building for years; but […]

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Brexit: Two Narratives, Both Wrong

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It amazes me how frequently people allow themselves to be led into bad situations; and then when presented with terrible choices, they choose to tear themselves to pieces over which choice is less bad rather than address the root causes of the problem. I call this problem “the blindness of proximate causes” and it seems […]

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Grexodus Again In Time for Brexit

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Another spring and another Greek crisis looms. Not that it was unexpected by anyone; Common Sense certainly called it last year when the EU Imposed another round of “extend and pretend” over the objection of Greeks and even the IMF. The timing is terrible though: with Brexit looming, the British are being gratuitously treated to […]

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Victory Day: A Window into Russia

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Yesterday was Victory Day in Russia, one of the most important celebrations in that country’s calendar. It marked the official end of the Second World War for the Soviet Union, the day the Nazi serpent was finally crushed under the iron boot of the gallant Red Army and the articles of surrender were signed in […]

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“Brussels Attacks: A Poor Plan Executed With Good Bombs” by Stratfor

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The article is reprinted with permission of the Stratfor. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Summary Details of the March 22 attacks in Brussels are still emerging. But new information from several sources suggests the attacks were smaller than originally planned and may have been […]

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Implications of European Disunion on Small State Independence

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Eight years after the eruption of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the European Union has failed to regain even a semblance of normalcy. Unlike the United States, which has returned to something approximating full employment[1], many member states remain stuck with stubbornly high unemployment, locked in deflation and experiencing almost non-existent economic […]

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Extend-and-Pretend Comes to the Refugee Crisis

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When politicos start using the word “game-changing” to refer to a negotiation, you can be sure that some truly heinous is going to come out of it, usually in the fine print. This is true of the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade pacts being negotiated, and it is equally true of the deal brokered in Ankara […]

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Germany’s Unsettling Plan for Southern Europe by Stratfor

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Original article by Stratfor, republished with permission. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Europe should be feeling quite unsettled following the European Parliament’s questioning of European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi on Monday. Of the questions, there were two that strike at […]

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