Ramshackle Army at Odds with Berlin’s Global Aspirations – SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Carl-Schmincke-Straße in Eltingen, a distr...

The Carl-Schmincke-Straße in Eltingen, a district of the city Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, is said to be the „southern Germany’s prettiest village street“. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. Th...

English: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. Türkçe: Berlin Duvarı, 1989 sonbaharı (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spiegel takes a hard look at Germany’s defense capability and compares it to Germany’s global aspirations. It’s an important article and strongly recommended. Check it out!

via Ramshackle Army at Odds with Berlin’s Global Aspirations – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Germany is just as much  at risk of international terrorism as say the US, the UK, France, Israel or Russia. But German would perhaps struggle to defend herself or go after terrorists?

This is a difficult dilemma for Germany. It favors a united approach from Europe but the reality is increasingly fractious because  of fiscal policy and the Euro. Indeed Germany needs to be careful not to alienate her neighbors further – she must be conscious  of right-wing nationalism in Japan making China increasingly angry.

Let me ask an open question:

Surely, it’s about time that Germany contributes a fair share to NATO in accordance with her relative economic wealth?

Thoughts?

 

A Hard Look at Psychology and the Financial Crisis – Ian Hughes

Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:

Leverage Ratios of Investment Banks Increased ...

Leverage Ratios of Investment Banks Increased Significantly 2003-2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lehman Brothers Rockefeller centre

Lehman Brothers Rockefeller centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Introduction

I would like to thank Dr Alf for letting me write this guest blog article. I responded to one of Dr Alf’s blog’s and he invited me to expand my views.

The article is based on my forthcoming book entitled “Imperfect Design: How Our Psychology Threatens Our Future”, and my blog based on the book which is at www.disorderedworld.com

Let me know if you have any suggestions or improvements.

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