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Hamas Off Terror List on Technicality; Hysteria Reigns

Gabriel Sassoon | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Gabriel Sassoon

It is obvious to everybody, including the widely respected Washington Institute, that Hamas will be placed back on the list. Not least because the EU's political echelon has emphasized that it will, and that there will be "no practical effect" as a result of the General Court's finding.

A Global Disease Called Deflation

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

Two weeks ago I wrote a piece entitled THE 5 KEY TRENDS IN GLOBALIZATION THAT ARE CHANGING AMERICA and THE WORLD. On account of on going geo/economic ...

E.U. Confirms Wide Fraud in Afghan Presidential Runoff Election

New York Times | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A new report by European Union election observers on Tuesday supports some of the most stark estimates of systematic electoral ...

A Changed Landscape

Caroline Gluck | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Caroline Gluck

In villages and towns across Suruc district, in south-eastern Turkey, there's almost nowhere you can travel these days without encountering a Syrian refugee.

How Globalization Changed America in 2014, and What It Might Mean for 2015

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and so on. I thought I should continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

Italy Objects: The EU and the Ideology of Deficits

John Weeks | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
John Weeks

What happens to the euro zone economies affects the US economy, and grasping the essence of these packs and pacts is necessary to understand why euro Europe is stagnating.

Sophia Jones

Migrants Still Dying After Mediterranean Maritime Rescue Operations Scaled Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Just over a month after Italy announced it would end its maritime rescue operation for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, migrants are s...

From the Editors: How 800 Huffington Post Colleagues Work Together Worldwide

Sebastian Matthes | Posted 12.04.2014 | World
Sebastian Matthes

We live in a time of international crisis and conflict: from the European financial crisis, which is robbing millions of young people of their future, to the conflict with Russia and finally to the bloody rise of ISIS. All this is dominating the news coverage worldwide. But the Huffington Post does not only want to report about dramatic developments. Our goal is a global network, with editors and thousands of bloggers who address topics which move people in their everyday lives. And this network continues to grow more and more.

How Merkel's Austerity Plans Are Making Half Of Europe Sick – And The Way Out

Huffington Post Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

There's nothing Germans love quite like spending less. Incredibly wealthy billionaires like IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, or Theo Albrecht, founder...

Europe's Challenge: A 'Twilight Zone' in Russia's Shadow, or a 'World of Rules?'

Radek Sikorski | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Radek Sikorski

The impetus for NATO enlargement did not come from a triumphalist Washington. On the contrary, the U.S. initially resisted even the breakup of the Soviet Union. Since 1990, 12 European states have asked to join NATO. They all chose for themselves to belong to this cooperative military alliance. NATO membership was a key part of "locking in" their turbulent democratic reforms.

Without Freedom There Is No Free Trade

CHEE Soon Juan | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
CHEE Soon Juan

If we are going to ensure that trade remains sustainable, then we must strive to make trade pacts beneficial for all -- from the lowliest worker to the mightiest CEO. For this to happen, free trade agreements cannot continue to ignore human rights.

Why Taxation Must Go Global

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

Rules that were devised for this in the 1920s and 1930s are no longer suitable for today's international integration of economic processes and corporate structures. They need to be adapted to the economic reality of digital services.

Found in the Flood

Michael Brune | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although we can't prevent more powerful storms, we are far from powerless. We still have time to take action to limit the climate disruption that makes storms more severe. But let's be clear: That time is limited.

EU Just Shy Of Meeting 2020 Emissions Goal

AP | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's environment agency says the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, p...

Greece: A Volatile Situation

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

As long as the Samaras-led government continues to act pompously and unsympathetically toward its citizens, Greece will have its head shackled to the guillotine. Until, and if, the axe drops, that is!

A Revolt Against Austerity?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European Union to meet the E.U.'s straightjacket requirement of deficits of no more than three percent of GDP (whether or not depression looms) informed the E.U. that they will not hit this target until 2017. The government of President Francois Hollande, under fire for failing to ignite a recovery, now plans economic stimulus measures -- and the target be damned. Under E.U. rules, France can be fined up to 0.2 percent of its GDP. The French seem to be saying, 'So sue us!'

More Trade Agreements Won't Fix Austerity

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The U.S. economy is growing slowly and Europe's hardly at all. The stock market lurch last week is a belated acknowledgement that our two economies share a common affliction, and Europe suffers more seriously. The affliction is austerity. And yet the main remedy being promoted by the U.S. government and its European allies is a trade and investment deal known as T-TIP, which stands for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. According to the deal's sponsors, T-TIP would help stimulate recovery by removing barriers to trade and promoting regulatory convergence and hence investment. The proposed deal is not popular in the U.S. Congress, which has to approve negotiating authority. The administration, say well-placed sources, hopes to cram through the necessary approval during the lame duck session of Congress after the November 4 election. That still will not assure approval, because the deal is also increasingly unpopular in Europe.

The 95 Percent Rule, Bulgaria and the NYT

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Recent reportage in the New York Times reminded me of my 95 percent Rule: "95 percent of what you read about economics and finance is either wrong or irrelevant."

IMF Report--Europe Is Becoming Japan

Harlan Green | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The International Monetary Fund doesn't want to say it outright, but its latest World Economic Outlook shows more stagnation of the European and Japanese economies, and the possibility of a third EU recession since 2008.

E.U. Austerity, You Must Be Kidding

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The leading political lights in Europe -- Messrs. Hollande, Valls and Macron in France and Mr. Renzi in Italy -- are raising a big stink about fiscal austerity. They don't like it. And now Greece has jumped on the anti-austerity bandwagon.

Amazon Tax Scheme Being Investigated By EU

AP | By JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is broadening its crackdown on multinationals' tax avoidance schemes, opening Tuesday an investigation into Amazo...

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

EU Rejects Putin Demand For Ukraine Deal Changes

Channel NewsAsia | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

BRUSSELS: The European Union said on Friday (Sep 26) that Russian President Vladimir Putin had written to Brussels demanding changes to a landmark EU-...

Carl Bildt: Putin Must Face Mothers Of Fallen Russian Soldiers In Ukraine Conflict

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

Carl Bildt has been foreign minister of Sweden since 2006 and was prime minister from 1991-1994. He spoke to the WorldPost's Nathan Gardels earlier th...

WARNING: The Internet Might End in December

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Peter Schwartz

The challenger countries will once again try, as they did last December in Dubai, to wrest control from the coalition of stakeholders that has been governing the Internet under a contract with the U.S. government. If they succeed it will be the end of the world as we know it. There will be no Internet. There will be many nets: ChinaNet, Euronet, maybe Deutsche Net and France net and Brazil Net and Russia Net. It will resemble the world before the Internet with many private networks and a constant challenge of interconnection.