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Articles in English

14.9.2016
WHATS WRONG WITH EUROPE AND WHY DONT YOU FIX IT?

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9.9.2016
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE NORDIC MODEL?

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31.3.2016
HOW TO SAVE CAPITALISM FROM THE CAPITALISTS - AND DEMOCRACY FROM THE PLUTOCRATS?

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15.2.2016
The Transition from totalitarianism to democracy: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BALTIC ROAD TO FREEDOM AND POST-INDEPENDENCE EXPERIENCE?

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10.2.2016
SOLIDARITY OF SMALL NATIONS: UTOPIAN DREAM OR PRACTICAL POLITICS?

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Greinar september 2016

17.9.2016
WHATS WRONG WITH EUROPE AND WHY DONT YOU FIX IT?
Adendum on banking reform.

Lesa meira 

14.9.2016
WHATS WRONG WITH EUROPE AND WHY DONT YOU FIX IT?
"Whats Wrong with Europe - and by the Way - Why dont You Fix it?" er ra, sem var flutt 14. sept. rstefnu Vilnus um framt Evrpu. Rstefnan var haldin boi utanrkisrherra Litens tilefni af v, a aldarfjrugur er liinn fr v a aljasamflagi viurkenndi endurreist sjlfsti Litens.

Jn Baldvin Hannibalsson, ex Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, gave this speech at a conference in Vilnius, September 14-15, 2016, sponsored by the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Mr. Linas Linkevicius.

In 2012 a few years after the American financial crisis had spread around the globe and morphed into the Euro-crisis I was invited to give a keynote-speech at the Baltic Assembly here in Vilnius. On the future of Europe what else! The title of my talk then was What is wrong with Europe and, by the way, why dont you fix it? At the beginning of my speech I followed the academic example by enumerating a few key-concepts, to start my audience thinking. Here they are again:

Toxic loans. Insolvent banks. Unsustainable debt. Bailouts of banks. Junk ratings. Sovereign defaults. Recession. Tax havens. Market manipulation. Insider trading. Creative accounting. Moral hazard. Social contract. Inequality: 1% vs. 99%. Austerity. Plutocracy vs. democracy.

This should suffice to start you thinking. Each and every concept speaks volumes about whats wrong with Europe. Has anything changed during the past four years? Or are we simply stuck in this mess, for which European leaders seem to have no effective solutions?

Lesa meira 

9.9.2016
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE NORDIC MODEL?
"Hva getum vi lrt af norrna mdelinu?" er ra, sem var flutt mlingi ssialdemkrataflokks Litens tilefni af 120 ra afmlinu.

This speech was given at the celebratory 120 year Anniversary of the Lithuanian Social-Demcorati Party in Vilnius, Sept. 9th, 2016. Mr Hannibalsson is the ex-leader of Icelands SDP.

Lesa meira