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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:

Barbara Geladaki MD: A New Generation of Greek Politicians

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Alexandra Symeonidou

Ineluctably, the failure to elect a president led to dissolve the government of New Democracy and proclaim new legislative elections.

Two Cheers for Obama's Ukraine Policy

David W. Kearn | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

While many hawkish observers in Washington demanded a more overt and energetic response from the Obama administration, the past six months can only be seen as vindication of President Obama's diplomacy toward Russia and proof of the abject failure of the shortsighted and domestically driven foreign policy of Vladimir Putin.

The Political Consequences of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Europe is now suffering the same fate, with conservative governments in control and the debtor nations such as Greece still being punished, while Germany flourishes as it protects its own interests rather than that of the EU as a whole

EU Calls Euro Membership 'Irrevocable' But Renegotiable

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive Commission said Monday that membership in the euro bloc is "irrevocable" but left it open to what ext...

Austerity Killing You? How About a Trade Deal?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Europe is right on the edge of another downward lurch into prolonged deflation. GDP growth is hovering right around zero. Germany, as an export powerhouse, continues to thrive, but at the expense of the rest of the continent. The euro, which keeps sinking against the U.S. dollar, is now trading at just $1.20, its lowest level in four and a half years. Unemployment outside prosperous Germany remains stuck at over 12 percent. All of this weakens the political center that supports the EU, and increases the appeal of far-right parties. So what does Europe have left? It is a mark of the delusion of Europe's leaders that the EU is putting its chips on a trade deal with the U.S. -- the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. TTIP is not really a trade deal at all but a series of measures intended to promote further deregulation of economic, financial, health, labor, safety, privacy, and environmental protections on both sides of the Atlantic.

Managing the Unknown: A Light Footprint Strategy

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

Persistently sluggish economic growth in Europe and relentless recession in most of the continent's southern countries has stoked up dangerous political and social tensions within countries and between EU member states. Both developments are unsettling the European project.

Hamas Off Terror List on Technicality; Hysteria Reigns

Gabriel Sassoon | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.07.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 01.24.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.03.2015 | 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!'