Category: World Economy

Germany: No more ‘Trading State’ and ‘Civilian Power’

Dr Helmut Hubel
Schröder and Putin November 2001 - FAZ

Russia’s war against Ukraine has not only annihilated countless human lives and completely destroyed whole cities. It has also unmasked decades-old myths, one of which concerns Germany as a ‘Trading State’ and ‘Civilian Power’. After the peaceful revolution in East Germany, the successful political process towards unification and the integration of the East into the […]

System Change not Climate Change: The Kurdish Example

Stephen Hunt
Rojava (North East Syria) - Free to use: Kurdistan Solidarity Network

It would be an understatement to say that it is important to keep the momentum towards addressing the ecological crisis going in the aftermath of the autumn’s global summit on climate change. It is essential. The high-profile COP26 may have left you feeling somewhere between positive, in that some small steps to progress were made, […]

Global Britain, Greenhouse Gases and Nukes

Hadrian Cook

Write to us at At least Dominic Raab is talking to the BBC (he’s the one who did not realise that Dover is a significant port). On the Today Programme (16 March) Raab was leading forth on a leak from the forthcoming report on ‘Global Britain’. I may have been half-asleep, but I am sure […]

We Need Smaller, Shorter and Slower Global Trade

Ed Sawyer

To achieve net-zero carbon emissions we need global trade to be smaller, shorter, and slower. To do this, we need to reconsider our dependence on materials and products sourced from around the world. As Brexit negotiations continue and the UK makes trade agreements with countries such as Vietnam, Japan and Singapore, it’s an important time to reflect […]

Better Together

Paul Ryder

In the beginning. When animals and homo sapiens were emerging from very early life forms, millennia ago, nature evolved male and female separately so that creating offspring would need two parents. This contributed enormously to their security and life chances. Later, humans formed groups and tribes, which further improved their safety and well-being, as the […]

What does ‘health for all’ really mean?

Dr Phil Hammond

We spend trillions globally on ‘health’ – from high tech health services to health supplements and even health food.  I regularly go to meetings on health protection, health screening, health promotion, health education, health and wellbeing, health and safety – and I work in a National Health Service that spends £120bn a year serving the […]