An occasional series: Why is Germany so darn dodgy?

If a state is captured by sinister or corrupt forces, and nobody in the general population realises it, how is the pursuit of truth in such a society likely to be affected? Chances are; very much the way FT journalist Dan McCrum’s investigation into Wirecard was. On 25 July 2022, Jan Marsalek was apparently spotted […]

In the Blind Spot (Beirut blast, Syria, Marbella)

This edition of the Blind Spot Wrap was compiled by Dario Garcia Giner. Money and market matters: The internet went wild with memes after it discovered Jim Cramer was ringing the NASDAQ bell this Monday. Nancy Pelosi’s husband purchased $5mn in stock of Nvidia ahead of a bill that would hand subsidies to chip manufacturers. […]

Buy or sell the Dy-stopia?

In politics, as in history, they say that sometimes nothing happens for years — then everything changes in a few days. What about an alternative; that nothing is obvious for years, then in a few days, everything becomes clear? In the past week or so we have observed a series of events that make clear […]

Excerpt: The EU as a revived medieval empire

This is a free excerpt from our deep dive into an alternative way of viewing the European Union. Rather than seeing this institution from the lens of a classical state, we argue the European Union’s power structure more closely resembles that of a medieval empire; the Holy Roman Empire. When Boris Johnson cheekily suggested this […]

In the Blind Spot (Netherlands, Syria, Twitter)

This edition of the Blind Spot Wrap was compiled by Izabella Kaminska (IK) and Dario Garcia Giner (DGG). Economics, markets and finance: China’s June forex reserves fall more than expected to $3.071 tn. The Daily Mail’s Ruth Sutherland notes many British employers are facing increasing difficulties in filling vacancies. Ruth points to increasing numbers of […]

Spotlight on: The EU as a revived medieval empire

When Boris Johnson cheekily suggested this week that Emmanuel Macron’s European Political Community proposal would allow for the creation of a modern Roman Empire he missed one crucial thing. We have already rebuilt a Roman Empire in Europe – it’s just not the Roman Empire you’re thinking of. It is instead the Holy Roman Empire […]

Excerpt: The rise of counter-satellite-detection services

This is a free excerpt from our deep dive into the mass-market satellite industry, first published on June 19, 2022. Having reviewed who the main players in the field are and their business models, we delve into the unintended consequences of the mass market access they are advancing. The emergence of a counter-detection industry For […]

Spotlight on mass-market satellite access

When a snapshot of a mirrored monolith was posted by state biologists conducting a survey on local bighorn sheep in November 2020, it ignited what would soon become one of the most intensive open-source pursuits for topological intelligence the world has ever seen. Within hours, thousands of amateur sleuths were dissecting the image (which was […]

In the Blind Spot (Anti-fragmentation, NATO, crypto)

This edition of the Blind Spot Wrap was compiled by Izabella Kaminska (IK) and Dario Garcia Giner (DGG). Markets, finance, economics etc… The Fed decision was anything but a Volcker shock. Basel committee goes knee-deep into overseeing climate-related financial risk. The Tesla Hype Complex. What exactly is the ECB’s anti-fragmentation instrument? The Blind Spot will […]