“I think by tradition, by history, by culture, by philosophy, the model of the way of life in Europe is in a way better for people, better for nature ,at least in the concept we have of what’s good and bad, than in the rest of the world.” — Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organization, is arguably one of the most prominent, thoughtful and enthusiastic supporters of a global leadership role for Europe. He deeply believes that the world needs Europe’s brand of “civilized globalization” which he describes as dramatically different from the American or Chinese version—more humane, more equitable and more sustainable.

But is the Europe that seems more divided—north versus south, east versus west—than united really ready to lead? If so, how? If so, who? In this episode of New Thinking for a New World Lamy offers some intriguing answers, further developed in his book Strange New World: Geoeconomics vs. Geopolitics.

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Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013.

Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.

In Brussels from 1985 to 1994, Pascal Lamy was Chief of staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Credit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, Pascal Lamy was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi.

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  1. Abderrahmane AMROU

    Tallberg Fondation – Forum
    (English version)

    Theme:
    ” WHY EUROPE?!”

    “I think by tradition, by history, by culture, by philosophy, the model of the way of life in Europe is in a way better for people, better for nature, at least in the concept we have of what’s good and bad, than in the rest of the world.” – Pascal Lamy

    …………………..

    Hello!

    WHY EUROPE?

    When I read suggestions like this I am truly stunned by the innocence or credulity of its author. Frankly, this is an idea that falls squarely outside the realm of realism and objectivity; because it is a thought that is much more idealism than realism, if we take into account what happening into the world now…

    By reflecting on the fate that was reserved for American President Donald Trump at the end of his mandate, he who was alone at war against fanaticism and international terrorism, we can see that in the situation, which currently characterizes the political & social decadence of all democracies in the world, it becomes illusory to think of a democratic ideal that can establish a universal world order overnight…

    If the mighty power of the American administration has not been able to free itself from the sprawling grip of a demonic and hegemonic world order, how can middle European countries, such as France or Germany, impose this idealistic political order; when they cannot even get rid of their own handicaps and obstacles that prevent them from functioning normally through sovereign governance???

    I believe that common European citizens already know that many European governments and institutions are dominated by sectarian lobbies which themselves obey an evil world order and other demonic sects which rely on minorities and extremists & fanatics from all sides to impose their demonic hegemony across the world.

    “EU Shocked By The Chao At the Capitol”
    Source: Euronews

    When I read this title on Euronews it didn’t stop me from wondering if the EU really has a real political vision of the bitter reality that characterizes this World today or these privileged politicians and medias pretend to understand nothing…?

    How not to wonder about the international radical popular movement, manipulated by dark forces, which has invaded all countries around the world and the fanaticism & terrorism exerted by certain fanatic countries and terrorist sects which has destroyed all Arab countries; to the point where attacks on sovereign countries by missiles and drones have become usual.

    I believe that what is currently happening at the US Congressional Capitol in Washington DC is a logical continuation of the terrorist events of September 11, March 11 and April 11, etc… And instead of the EU European and the USA (during the last two terms before Trump) take things seriously in order to eradicate the evil at the root, they poured into complacency, complicity and permissive for restricted economic interests…

    Now with this Covid-19 pandemic, invented or manipulated by these same dark demonic forces, all countries around the world have bowed to the fait accompli and rushed to shut down their economies and all human activities, which still goes create more extremisms, radicalisms and fanaticisms of all form due to psych sociological ills, unemployment, poverty and misery…

    And the masks, which are shown as a new social fad, as they suppress more viruses and germs, and which serve to gauge the gullibility and obedience of crowds, will later serve as masks to hide the faces of these fanatics, extremists and terrorists of all stripes.

    And this, regardless of what this World will undergo as restrictions of individual freedoms and living spaces, imposed by the domination of technology on human beings. Because this Covid-19 is not ready to end and we are already talking about the ineffectiveness of vaccines and the spread of the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation of this pandemic.

    It is absurd what Humanity will suffer as a fate because of the ignorance and credulity of its leaders, because if generalized confinements persist for a long time they will cause generalized economic ruins and bankruptcies of several countries which will systematically turn to debt and financing through crypto currencies (bitcoin). This will further strengthen the power of these hegemonic evil forces over States and Governments…

    So, it is not a question of cultural, ideological and historical idealism or of a perfect way of life, but it is a question of who is capable to impose fair international arbitration, to establish social justice in the World and to correct wrongs, injustices and human rights abuses.

    Knowing that the UN is incapable of imposing this beneficial “New World Order” and the USA, as a world Superpower, have entered a dangerous phase which risks causing great destabilization or secession because of this great plot against President Trump and his camp.

    Because, those who have persecuted for 4 years the President Trump, although he has done good things in the sense of promoting peace in the world and the war against barbarism, international terrorism and extremism of all kinds, will have real problems with extremist sects and radical movements of all stripes, if social injustices and political frustrations persist…

    Therefore, in the absence of a World Leader who embodies the Unipolar System, capable of decreeing transcendent international arbitration and promoting peace, democracy, freedom and the values of human rights and the rule of law in the World, the weak and modest Countries will be delivered, bound hand and foot, to the dictates of the law of the strongest, the most powerful and all the dark evil forces (anarchic multipolar system that we currently have or worse).

    But hope remains with these few elites and philanthropic intellectuals who think for the good of this World and of all Humanity. It is enough if these people have more courage and daring to say things clearly and also if they can have the means to engage productive and fruitful initiators.

    Best Regards!

    Abderrahmane AMROU

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