Friday, March 6, 2020

THE EU AND THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

When Border Closures and Supranational Collaboration go hand in hand


Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

Unexpectedly, a virus, SARS 2 CoV-2, has become the most important political as well as human issue facing us at this time. Like any crisis of public safety, it presents the EU with an opportunity also: the opportunity to become a strong provider of security for its countries and citizens. Instead, tragically, EU is on the verge of committing a major mistake, its second potentially suicidal mistake in four years, by holding onto open borders (the Italian one) in this emergency period.

continue reading at https://fedtrust.co.uk/the-eu-and-the-coronavirus-crisis/

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TOWARD A MORE EFFECTIVE EU POLICY ON GLOBAL WARMING

Only new approaches, supplementing current anti-emissions policies, can stop the warming not just slow the emissions

Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

Global warming is a matter where EU and global policy has been failing, despite long and heavy investment in the current line of policy. The warming has not only continued but sped up. Annual global emissions not only remain high but continue to increase. This, after decades of major Western emissions-reduction policies that have had significant if oft-denied costs to European economies, and that in the last two years brought on a damaging street reaction in France.

READ MORE: https://fedtrust.co.uk/toward-a-more-effective-eu-policy-on-global-warming/

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Geoengineering: the only way to stop not slow Global Warming

Emissions reductions are also needed, but by themselves they cannot achieve their goal
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies


There are two basic plans for responding to global warming: emissions reductions alone, and geoengineering alongside emissions reductions.

Geoengineering -- blocking up to 2% of incoming sunlight -- was the main plan for dealing with global warming in the Federal Science report of 1965. However, a few years later the New Left Movement, with its ideological orientations against technology and the West, captured environmentalism. It excluded geoengineering from the global warming discussion, which came to be confined exclusively to cutting greenhouse emissions.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

THE RELEVANT TASKS NOW FOR EUROPE AND FOR FEDERALISTS

Federal Trut article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

It’s a new world in UK-EU relations. All — Europeanists, federalists, the EU itself — have to find their bearings in it. All have to refocus on the tasks most relevant for the future.

So also do all who wish for the UK to survive as a Union.

Following are five priority tasks.

READ MORE:
https://fedtrust.co.uk/the-relevant-tasks-now-for-europe-and-for-federalists/






BREXIT OR SCOTXIT – WHICH WILL DO MORE DAMAGE?

The economic costs of separatism and the strategic costs of contagion

Federal Trust article
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

While there is much discussion in London of the economic and administrative consequences of Brexit, there is little similarly detailed discussion of the possible consequences of Scottish independence. This is surprising. Restricting a land border is a more radical thing than restricting a sea border. The cross-Channel border is with Britain’s bigger trading partner, the EU, but the Anglo-Scottish land border is more intimate and is no less intensively used.

READ MORE:
https://fedtrust.co.uk/brexit-or-scotxit-which-will-do-more-damage/