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Orbán Designs to Turn Hungary into 'Illiberal' State

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

It sounds like a headline from the European version of The Onion, but Viktor Orbán, months from winning a landslide reelection in April, announced his intentions to turn Hungary into an 'illiberal state,' modeled after China or Russia.

CNN Host Blasts The EU

globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
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On Ukraine, Europe has always been a step behind, internally conflicted, and unwilling to assert itself clearly and quickly. ...

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Ivan Sukhov

The most frightening possible result of sanctions is that the West could nail shut the "window to Europe" that Russia has been laboring hard to develop ever since Peter the Great first built it at tremendous cost in the early 18th century.

Paranoia Muddies Media's View of Bitcoin's Potential

Techonomy | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

By Ulf Gartzke and Steve Ehrlich [Image via Shutterstock] European financial regulators just took a positive step to engage directly with the disr...

Can Matteo Renzi Move Mainstream Europe?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

An old saying in Rome has it that the favorite candidate always enters the conclave as the next pope but exits as a mere cardinal. Matteo Renzi, Italy's maverick prime minister, is Europe's man of the hour; but the six-month rotating EU presidency which Italy kicked off earlier this month may leave him severely diminished, unless he fulfills the promise of his leadership with tangible results.

5 Instant Geopolitical Thoughts on the Horror in Ukraine

Edward Goldberg | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

President Obama's announcements of stronger financial sanctions against Russia a day before the Malaysian plane crash was extremely fortuitous. It put him in front of the issue, prevented Republican criticism over leadership and gained the White House the moral high ground.

The World Financial Cup

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Germany represents everything that's wrong with the world financial system. Argentina is the epic case of countries whose economies are screwed by policies championed by Germany -- and unfortunately by the United States as well.

Why Google's Removal of News Links in the EU Is a Good Thing

Evan Leatherwood | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Evan Leatherwood

The furor over Google's removal of news links in the EU will, I hope, alert people to the dangers of allowing a single, commercially motivated entity to effectively be the sole gatekeeper and organizer of the Web's information.

We Need Some Inflation!

Harlan Green | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Maybe raising the Fed's inflation target would encourage more demand and rising incomes, or are we as traumatized by the 1970s era of stagflation as the German's were in the 1920s?

Scientists Threaten Boycott Of Costly Brain Project

AP | FRANK JORDANS and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 07.07.2014 | Science

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomput...

Ukraine - the Next Phase

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Now the ball lies at the foot of all three main players -- Ukraine, the EU and Russia.

Time for America's Middle East Allies to Forge Their Own Destinies

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

The United States should use the 300 soldiers who are on their way to Iraq to stiffen its allies spines and to generate collective action to fight the forces of evil now set loose in the Middle East. America can help with this endeavor, but the heavy lifting must be the responsibility of America's Middle East Allies.

Silent Coup: How Enbridge Is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogWhile the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a deca...

What's In a Name? Asking Simple Questions...

Alan Miller | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Alan Miller

What is Democracy? It is the fundamental belief that We the People are adults that can decide how we want to live and can vote -- and sometimes do even more than that -- to shape the world in the way we want to see it.

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

The Czech Republic and the EU: Democracy Without Democrats

Jiri Pehe | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Jiri Pehe

When, in 2003, some 78 percent of Czechs voted in in favor of joining the European Union, the mood in the country was optimistic. The country's economy had shown impressive growth rates; foreign investment had been booming. Joining the EU on May 1, 2004, was seen as a symbolic step underlining successful reforms that had been adopted during the process of accession. On the 10th anniversary of accession, the mood is far less optimistic. According to the latest surveys, about two-thirds of Czechs do not trust the EU, citing too much bureaucracy and overregulation as the main problems of the EU.

Marching on Moscow

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

So why are the United States, the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) all on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to achieve?

The EU Today Is Not About Peace Among Neighbors, But Power in the World

Tony Blair | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Tony Blair

The EU must think carefully about where it goes from here, how it reconnects with its citizens' concerns, and how it can better realize its ideals in a changing world. Complacency about the far right's showing, on the grounds that there remains a pro-European majority, is dangerous. Even ardent supporters of Europe think there must be change. In an increasingly multipolar world, in which GDP and population will increasingly be correlated, the rationale for Europe is stronger than ever. Together, Europe's peoples can wield genuine influence. Alone, they will over time decline in relative importance. The 21st century world order will be dramatically different from that of the 20th century. The rationale for Europe today is not peace; it is power.

Exit Polls: Far-Right Party Wins European Election In French Vote

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

* Partial results show FN in first place with 26 pct * Record low score for Hollande's Socialists * Le Pen says "people ...

My Late Loveletter to Europe

Anne Biging | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Anne Biging

The complexity and opportunity of the crisis around the Euro turned me on in a way that I knew: I really want this Europe!

France's Sarkozy Calls For Two-Speed EU, Tighter Borders

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

By Nicholas Vinocur PARIS, May 22 (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy weighed into the European Parliament el...

The Road to Euro-Fascism

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The European economic crisis with its high unemployment only stimulates more migration, which puts pressure on local labor markets and pushes the local working class further into the arms of the nationalist far-right.

Court Rules We Should Have A Say In What Comes Up When We're Googled

AP | By TOBY STERLING | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Europe's highest court Tuesday gave people the means to scrub their reputations online, issuing a landmark ruling that experts say ...

EU Sees No Evil in Egypt

David Hearst | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
David Hearst

Egypt's next president could not have made himself clearer. In a two-hour television interview that marked the start and mostly likely the end, too, of his election campaign, the former general who led the military coup declared the sole purpose of his presidency would be to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood -- once and for all.

Greece Is A Long Way from Back

Dr. John N. Kallianiotis | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Dr. John N. Kallianiotis

Greece needs a new conservative, moral and ethical government. Taxes must be reduced for the middle class and small businesses. Liquidity must be improved, with loans offered to private companies, which will create jobs and encourage educated young Greeks to stay.