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EU Promises To Act Over Migrant Crisis After Mediterranean Disaster

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2015 | World

By Robin Emmott and Adrian Croft LUXEMBOURG, April 20 (Reuters) - EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant ...

Rescuing Migrants at Sea Might Not Be a Permanent Solution, but It Will Save Lives

Aurélie Ponthieu | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Aurélie Ponthieu

If the dangerous sea route has now become the principal means of entry to the European Union for refugees, it is because the land borders are closed.

Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook claims they found one that they're fixing for you. This particular bug enabled Facebook to track the online movements of non-users. Yes, you, Facebook friend or foe, user or boycotter, you were under the watchful eye of Facebook, whether you knew it or not.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

Europe's Silent Discrimination Against Kosovars

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The EU has imposed a stringent and unfair visa regime for all 1.7 million Kosovars. To this day, Kosovo remains the only country in the region whose citizens are required a visa to travel to within the EU -- making Kosovo the most isolated country in Europe.

Collateral Financial and Economic Damage Debased

Nicos E. Devletoglou | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Nicos E. Devletoglou

The mind boggles. Because no one seems willing to appreciate, whether in Berlin, Brussels or Athens, that the situation could easily be normalized at this stage if the Greek sovereign debt were accordingly adjusted in real terms to compensate for such "unintended" damage.

Google's Remarkable Monopoly on Data Intrigues Europeans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

In Monopoly the game, you buy properties, pay fines, and try to stay out of jail. In monopoly, the real-life big business version, you use all your leverage to dominate markets, manipulate industries, avoid fines, and hire lawyers to keep you out of jail. And most of the time you do win.

Europe's Remarkable New War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember the name Max Schrems. He's a European David firing his slingshot at the modern-day Goliath you know as Facebook.

US and Europe's Economic and Security Threats: US Leadership is Vital to Investigate Prince Michael von Liechtenstein, Iran, Austria, Croatia, Montenegro and the Balkans

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Until the rule of law becomes irreversible, the post-communist region of Europe will continue to attract bad actors, rogue states, and perpetuate rampant corruption, transnational organized crime and terrorism financing. The responsibility and moral obligation to act now should be a high priority for US leaders.

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Defiance, Greek Style

Anastasia Rubis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Anastasia Rubis

Reading and watching news of Syriza party's attempts to renegotiate a bailout agreement with the EU and ease austerity in what they term a humanitarian crisis for the Greek people, I've traded doubt and discomfort for a new feeling: respect.

European Politics Get Edgy

Max Holleran | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Max Holleran

Compared to the antics of Washington, Europe seemed like a preserve of peace and collegiality. But, as 2014 demonstrates, times have changed. EU politics have heated up as the Union meets challenges at every edge.

EU Slaps New Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2015 | World

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A veteran Russian singer who voiced support for Russia's annexation of Crimea has been subjected to EU...

Angry Greeks Threaten to Halt European Juggernaut

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A breakdown of the European bailout program might make a Greek exit from the euro ("Grexit") the only feasible option. And the popular revolt against outsiders dictating economic policy creates a huge new roadblock to attempts to expand Brussels' power over EU members.

Mr. Putin Will Not Change Course in Ukraine or Syria

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the fractured and evolving global political landscape, both sides, and neither side, will achieve all of its objectives. Swimming against the tide has its own appeal at a time when virtually everything about the world order seems to be up for grabs.

America Should Let the Europeans Lead in Ukraine

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

A recent report by 8 former U.S. senior diplomatic and military officials urging the United States and NATO to bolster Ukraine's defense by providing military assistance to Ukraine -- including lethal defensive assistance -- is misguided and dangerous.

Freedom or Death: The Perplexing Case of the Current Greek Debt Crisis

Pablo Freund | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Pablo Freund

Scapegoating the EU for not pardoning or easing terms on debt, accusing minorities of tax fraud and ramping up government expenses are surely not part of the road to resolution.

Will Greece's New Government Be a Western Mouthpiece for Putin?

Takis Michas | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Takis Michas

ATHENS -- Syriza's new geopolitics have won it many friends in Moscow. Moscow reciprocated to the Greek government's statements opposing the embargo by praising Greece for its "democratic attitude," while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov immediately invited his Greek counterpart to Moscow.

Globalization, 21st Century Style: The National Security State Goes Global

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Remember the glory days of the 1990s, when our interconnectedness was endlessly hailed? It was the era of "globalization," of Washington-style capitalism triumphant, and the planet, we were told, would be growing ever "flatter" until we all ended up in the same mall.

The Collapse of Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the U.S. squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous.

Greek Elections: An Impressive Albeit Pyrrhic Victory for SYRIZA If It Can't Garner Broader EU Support

Harris Ikonomopoulos | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Harris Ikonomopoulos

Greece's and Europe's long-term best interests require the kind of reform that Greek governments have failed to pursue. And neither Mr. Tsipras nor any other individual leader or single country can be expected to contribute to such a policy shift without quick, clear and strong EU and social alliances.

Tsipras Promises A New Greece

Sophia Papaioannou | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Sophia Papaioannou

We are a proud and hard-working people who saw our lives change abruptly, with the introduction of strict austerity measures. The new Prime Minister is promising to change all that.

A Break in the Greek Tragedy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Europe should count itself lucky that a leftwing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens who've had enough. Elsewhere in Europe, seven years of stupid, punitive, and self-defeating austerity policies have led to gains by the far right. If a radical left party is now in power in Athens and sending tremors through Europe's financial markets, the EU's smug leaders and their banker allies in Frankfurt, Brussels and Berlin have only themselves to blame. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the winning Syriza coalition, says he doesn't want Greece to leave the Euro. He just wants Europe's leaders to renegotiate Greece's debt. It's about time. This crisis could have ended years ago with far less suffering for ordinary people who had no responsibilities for the offending policies. Greece, after all, has about two percent of the EU's total economic product -- and it has about 25 percent less than it had before the crisis. Writing off Greece's debt outright would have cost peanuts, and still would.

What Every Country In The EU Is Best At

Thrillist | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they're all special in their own way. Every country excels at something -- and to that end, we found one thing every EU nation is the best at... even if it's having the most experience working with robots.

Paris Attacks and the Kalashnikovs From the Balkans -- The Ignored Enemy From Within

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Designing a long-term strategy and implementing effective policies to successfully deal with radical Islam on Western soil can no longer be delayed. In the immediate future, strong rule of law nations must deal with enemies within our midst which are facilitating: