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Trisha de Borchgrave

Trisha de Borchgrave is a writer and artist based in London. She can be reached at www.trishadeborchgrave.com and through

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It was slippery underfoot at Davos, and not just because of the snow

As the planet’s top business and political leaders convened in Davos last week, the great leveler was not just the slippery snow on the Alpine streets, but the recognition that countries’ domestic agendas today are composed of different moving parts that no single business initiative or political

February 03, 2018

Power to the people: How to curb this populist nonsense

The vote by nearly half of Catalans to secede from Spain may not replicate precisely the Brexit vote to leave the EU, yet the sentiments driving both decisions — essentially to up sticks and leave — reflect the near impossibility of governing today’s democracies.

November 05, 2017

Britain has little alternative but to pack its bags, for now

Last year, following Britain’s EU referendum result, I wrote that the British “do not have the temperament nor the stomach to claw back some sort of membership of the European Union,” because “the political fight to remain will not match the emotional instinct to leave.”

July 21, 2017

The Brexit Catch-22

So long as the EU will not allow Brexit to be the template for further exits by its remaining 27 members, the success of the negotiations will depend on who blinks first.

May 07, 2017

Britain’s Mother Theresa

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprising, though not astonishing, announcement that she would ask Parliament for a general election on June 8 comes on the heels of a soul-searching referendum 10 months ago, in which Britain voted to leave its EU partner of 42 years.

April 22, 2017

Trump’s makeover speech

Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday was, on first impression, a welcome harbinger of a restrained and more presidential attitude. 

 

March 03, 2017

When politicians fall by their sword, they should put their public persona to rest

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s speech last week, in which he pronounced it his “mission” to persuade his fellow citizens to “rise up” and change their minds on Brexit, will have a minimal impact on rallying remainers, and even less on convincing Brexiteers.

February 20, 2017

Doing Davos 2017

It was a week of metaphors and symbolism for the snowy retreat that annually caters to the communication skills and networking needs of the world’s influencers, including prime ministers, business leaders, policy analysts and philosophers.

January 24, 2017

Tripping over vintage Trump

The recent publication by Buzzfeed of the 35 page intelligence dossier on Donald Trump by a British ex-MI6 agent has, not surprisingly, stirred controversy.

January 17, 2017