|(1) A novel about politics, finance & crime|
The Checkmate Pendulum
What I saw, heard and witnessed in 40 years of international politics
The writing started in the early ’90s when I was Director General for Economics and Finance at the EU Commission. That was the time when three related events shocked the world: the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Germany was reunited, and the EU single currency was planned. The author took part in crucial, secret negotiations associated with these developments: his personal notes provided the background material for this story.
In the late-’90s I was Secretary General of the European Bank (EBRD). This was an ideal position to gather evidence that financial crises (like the recent one) have remote but not always well understood causes: politicians’ ineptitude and bankers’ greed.
The book’s epic conclusion, with its rich revelations and implications, was written – and it could not be otherwise -- at the time I was the “world’s drug czar”, namely the UN Under-Secretary General in charge of fighting drugs and crime (2002-‘10).
The only part of The Checkmate Pendulum that is not the result of the my personal experience is the military confrontation that ends the nuclear intrigue. The air battle is narrated on the basis of tactical plans designed by NATO military jet-fighter pilots.
The Checkmate Pendulum educates and challenges public opinion. The anxious reader rushes through the plot rich of suspense and reversals. The analytical reader learns about the financial-political warfare in Europe. Those concerned with geo-political issues appreciate the strategic insights.
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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the past quarter century, organized crime has gone global. It has reached macro-economic and armed dimensions to become a threat to the stability of nations. The report on The Globalization of Crime issued today by my office (the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) provides the first comprehensive assessment of global crime markets: drugs, arms, modern slaves, illicit resources, counterfeits, as well as maritime piracy and cyber-crime.
The threat is not just economic. The threat is strategic, as criminals today can influence elections, politicians and the military – in one word, they buy power.
Some governments are unable to resist, as they lack the resourcess. Some others would be able to contain the problem, but show a benign neglect -- and I have in mind some rich nations.