Jonathan Holslag On world order and disorder

Book Review: Adam Zamoyski’s Rites of Peace

FLORENCE – “The tongue is untied, the heart opens and the need to make oneself understood often takes over from the rules of cold and severe calculation,” that is how Klemens von Metternich, the witted Austrian diplomat, described the importance of personal contact with his interlocutors. What Europe needed to overcome the Napoleonic turmoil of... read more no comments yet

Book review: Herman van Rompuy, Europa in de storm

ROME – Here is one of the reasons why Europe fails to maintain trust: its most constructive leaders remain invisible and its most visible leaders have become caricatures. There is not much that fills the gap. What is more, some of its leaders argue that there is no reason to fill the gap either. So... read more no comments yet