Articles by: Richard Ogier

Author Biography:

Journalist and consultant Richard Ogier’s commentary has appeared previously in Arena, as well as across the Fairfax and Murdoch media, ABC on-line and Crikey; The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune; The Globe and Mail and Hill Times in Canada; Liberation in France; Handelsblatt in Germany and The Independent in the UK. Based in Munich since 2014, he was previously a research officer, then media and public affairs adviser at the Australian Embassy Paris. After childhood in Sydney, he completed a double politics major at Adelaide and Flinders Universities. He was co-editor of the Adelaide University newsweekly, On Dit, then a cadet and graded journalist at The Advertiser and national news-agency, Australian Associated Press.

COVID-19: Principled Europe’s Vaccine Rollout Flawed but Instructive

Europe’s vaccine tardiness has hurt its reputation as a sophisticated continent with a handle on high technology, not to say its self-image as home to some of the best health systems in the world…

Informit: The Paradise Papers and the Social Contract

The changing face of today's corporate cheats, and why we pay tax There were at least three broad-based shocks in the release of the Paradise Papers last November: the gargantuan financial sums involved; the household names (corporations and individuals) attached; and that the revelations were minimised by some tax experts and international authorities whose job should be to stamp out tax avoidance

The Brexit Brain-Buster, by Richard Ogier

Richard Ogier

12 Apr 2017

The ramifications of Brexit go well beyond the EU.

French Election: Fillon/Le Pen – A Tale of Moral Laxity, by Richard Ogier

Richard Ogier

10 Feb 2017

Richard Ogier on the astonishing scenario of moral laxity and personal enrichment playing out currently in the Old World kingly court of French electoral politics.

Informit: The good German

Has Merkel given up on her refugee policy? <br /><br /> The naysayers are calling it a climbdown, but is it? German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stepped back abruptly from her open-arms policy on refugees - or has seemed to. The slogan 'We Can Do It' (Wir schaffen das) - memorably hailed as heroic by an Auschwitz survivor in the German parliament earlier this year - has become 'almost an empty formula' given the daunting…

Informit: Refugee crisis in Europe

One of the remarkable ironies of the current refugee crisis in Europe is that the One World idealists of yesterday have become the bearers of a certain realpolitik today. As critics of German Chancellor Angela Merkel would have it, 'those people there' - refugees fleeing Year Zero destruction in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq - are now, well, over here, with us in Europe and the West.