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Jacques Attali

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Explosive Encounter

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:15 AM

As always, it is in the encounter of two apparently unrelated areas that the new is found. For a long time now I have been announcing the time when two considerable forces, could come together in a new ideology, absolutely explosive. That time is certainly drawing nearer as the most...

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Rational Altruism Against Ebola

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 6:37 AM

It may seem surprising that there has been a deluge of international press coverage of the recent outbreak of Ebolavirus: In fact, this disease where it does occur, unlike many others, starting with cholera, causes many fewer deaths. Its media impact, though, is justified on the basis of its appalling...

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Something Is Going to Happen

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:18 AM

One must be in denial, like all too many political leaders have been, not to see that something major is going to happen in Europe in the coming months. Either one of the multiple Damocles swords hanging in the sky of history will fall on our heads:

The various terrorist...

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The March of Ridicule

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:42 AM

Faced with images painted by countless media stories, there are several choices, including admiration, enthusiasm, indifference, consternation, indignation, anger and laughter. The latter choice is all too rare an opportunity to miss.

The recent March of official representatives of many different countries (People's Climate March) on climate change through...

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The Crisis, Alibi of the Weak, Energy of the Strong

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:51 AM

When I hear a former President of the French Republic dare say, and have his lieutenants explain away, that only a major economic crisis made it impossible for him to achieve the reforms he was planning, I cannot help but to be very angry.

First, because the rare reform measures...

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Geopolitics of Humiliation

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:34 AM

In relationships between people, as well as nations, humiliation can lead to senseless acts, inextinguishable wars.

It is therefore essential not to humiliate others, to respect them; and if humiliation has taken place, if contact has been broken, to reestablish it, at least as long as the one humiliated is...

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소비자 독재 시대

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:35 AM

지난 두 세기 동안 계속된 대립, 즉 경제와 정치, 시장의 힘과 민주주의, 자본주의와 정부 간의 알력다툼은 이제 명백히 시장에 유리한 쪽으로 전개되고 있다. 경제는 글로벌하게 돌아가는 반면, 민주주의는 국경을 넘지 못하기 때문이다.

법에 구애받지 않는 글로벌 경제가 자리를 잡아감에 따라 시장 참여자로서의 소비자와 생산자가 유권자와 정치활동가를 압도하는 것처럼...

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See You on October 2

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:10 PM

For all those who might have an interest in the future of France, I invite you to join me here, on October 2: Its fate, on that day, will be sealed, for a long time. By this date, in fact, our country at last will have to make the choices...

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Who Wants to Practice Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:25 PM

As everybody knows, the French Parliament has too many civil servants and not enough private-sector workers. In the current Parliament, 55 percent of members of the National Assembly are from the public sector (in the wide sense, because they include not only faculty members, but also an increasing number of...

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Has the Consumer Finally Defeated the Worker?

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:44 PM

PARIS -- The tide of the battle that has been playing out for nearly two centuries between the economy and politics, between market forces and democracy, between capitalism and the state, is now turning decisively in favor of the market. That is because the economy is global while democracy is...

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The Dictatorship of Consumption

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 1:46 PM

The tide of the battle that is being played out for nearly two centuries between the economy and politics, between market forces and democracy, between capitalism and the state, is now turning in favor of the market, because it is global, to the detriment of democracy, locked within borders.

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Amazon, What's Next?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:48 AM

The battle of US authors and publishers against the online retailer Amazon may seem minor, in terms of the current world economic and geopolitical issues at stake, and far removed from the thoughts of all of us because it seems to concern only the distribution of revenue sales from digital...

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Doing Away With 'Queuillism'

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Henri Queuille was not a politician with a poor record. Medical doctor, deputy for the Corrèze Department, resistance fighter and anti-Gaullist, served five times as Minister, especially as Minister of Agriculture, under the Third Republic and four times as President of the Council under the Fourth Republic, very popular figure,...

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Long Live the West!

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:45 AM

It is particularly easy, at the beginning of August 2014, to be pessimistic about the future of the West. One had only to look at the state of our planet; and see the damaging role it plays in it:

It infuriates me to see civil wars spread in Iraq, Syria,...

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A Very Strange Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:45 PM

While planes disappear, explode or fall one after the other, around the world, without explanation (there is still no information regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to Beijing; the identities of the crew that launched a missile are not known for certain, on Ukrainian soil, against another plane...

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The Somalization of the Skies

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:36 AM

The appalling tragedy that just occurred in Ukraine's airspace leads us to reflect on the multiple dimensions of the future of the world.

It confirms first of all the likelihood of the worst-case scenario, in other words, a world without rules or policemen, dominated by gangs, political or criminal. A...

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The Last Chance for Israel and Palestine

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:19 AM

Once again, a conflict breaks out between Israel and one of its neighbors; this time, as in 2008, against Hamas, which still governs Gaza.

The downward spiral appears to be unstoppable: The killing of three Israeli teens. The abhorrent murder of a Palestinian teen. Missiles launched from Gaza by Hamas...

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What Is the Purpose of the ECB?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Main pivot, insuring alone the survival of the euro, without any assistance from the EU's executive bodies, the European Central Bank (ECB) is today obliged to do exactly the opposite of what is set out by the Treaties: lending to States in order to finance their debts. And to do...

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The War of Law

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:23 PM

A number of events, apparently unrelated, remind us today that, behind the war of weapons and that of economy, another war is played out, maybe more serious, the war of law. A deadly war, that could affect us all first and foremost.

First of all, in Europe, it has become...

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The Geopolitics of Soccer

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:42 PM

In this troubled world, the 20th FIFA World Cup final tournament could make some forget the massacres (in Iraq, in Syria, in Afghanistan and in Ukraine), unemployment (in France and many other countries around the world), hunger (with more than one billion men, women and children going to bed hungry),...

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