Is ever closer European union unwittingly making populism more popular?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 2, 2019


It’s not always possible to agree with Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece. In early 2015, Mr Varoufakis’s combative stance towards the European Union (and leather jacket) seemed to symbolise Athens’ defiant mood towards Europe-wide fiscal discipline. Even so, there is some reason to pay attention to Mr Varoufakis’s words and opinions in … Continue reading “Is ever closer European union unwittingly making populism more popular?”

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Why you need more than just a name in modern politics

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2019 / The National


This month has already seen a spotlight shine on the rise — and fall — of political families around the world. From the resignation in India of the leader of the main opposition Congress Party, to the arrival of a new Greek prime minister with a family history of political activity, to US President Donald Trump’s robust defence of … Continue reading “Why you need more than just a name in modern politics”

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Is ‘the West’ Trump-proof as it came into being in 480 BC?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 28, 2018


  Every other day, if not every single day, America’s 45th president is said to be laying siege to “the West”. You may have your own views about whether he is or he isn’t, but it’s certainly valid to think if “the West” is stronger than one American president. What is “the West” anyway? Does … Continue reading “Is ‘the West’ Trump-proof as it came into being in 480 BC?”

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Highs and lows of olive oil pretty much sum up state of Tunisia. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2015


The Financial Times recently reported on the happy coincidence of events that have led Tunisia to become the world’s second largest producer of olive oil this year. These are as follows: It had a bumper olive crop Spain and Italy had poor harvests This has made for rich pickings. Olive oil is more expensive now … Continue reading “Highs and lows of olive oil pretty much sum up state of Tunisia. Here’s why”

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As its debts become due today, here’s why Puerto Rico really is not Greece

by Rashmee

Posted on August 1, 2015


On Saturday, August 1, Puerto Rico’s debt payments become due. The US territory has to deliver $58 million in so-called “moral obligation” bond payments. It can’t. And it probably won’t. For those who liken Puerto Rico’s situation to that of Greece, here is a basic fact: Puerto Rico is NOT the Greece of North America. Here’s … Continue reading “As its debts become due today, here’s why Puerto Rico really is not Greece”

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Greece needs an in-out decision from Europe. Else these 8 things will linger

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2015


The European Union will discuss Greece today – and it is to be hoped that it will be decisive and end this whole business once and for all. Either embrace Greece wholeheartedly or kick it out firmly. Today should be the in-out summit, something like the UK’s planned in-out referendum on the European Union. The … Continue reading “Greece needs an in-out decision from Europe. Else these 8 things will linger”

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The only 4 things that can be done about the Greeks, in plain English

by Rashmee

Posted on July 5, 2015


The only sensible suggestions on what’s desirable and what’s possible in the Greece crisis have come from Austan Goolsbee, formerly President Obama’s top economist. Mr Goolsbee, who’s now at the University of Chicago, speaks plain English, which is handy if you’re not an economist (which must of us are not). Here’s a summary of what Mr … Continue reading “The only 4 things that can be done about the Greeks, in plain English”

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The drama over ‘Greecisms’ in every twist of the neverending story

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2015


The next instalment of the Greek drama is due for July 20. That’s when Greece is scheduled to repay the ECB €3.5 billion. Defaulting on its IMF debt on June 30 was serious but July 20 is the big date – defaulting on the ECB would mean an almost certain exit from the euro area. But … Continue reading “The drama over ‘Greecisms’ in every twist of the neverending story”

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Listen up, there’s a reason there was a film called ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2015


Language can be used to abuse reality. Or to disabuse people of the reality of a situation. How else to read the evolving, constantly fluid, high-wire negotiations aimed at averting a Greek default and possible exit from the Eurozone? Consider the horrors of the situation:  Greece now owes the International Monetary Fund (IMF) almost €35bn. … Continue reading “Listen up, there’s a reason there was a film called ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’”

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Known knowns: A Greek exit would endanger the whole euro project

by Rashmee

Posted on June 22, 2015


As the European Union gets into an emergency huddle today, the language of the threat posed by Grexit remains unsaid. Here it is: The euro would no longer be an irreversible reality. Is this why an EU official started off on Monday commending the new Greek austerity proposals as a “good basis for progress”? It’s … Continue reading “Known knowns: A Greek exit would endanger the whole euro project”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK