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European Elections

To the Right, to the Right, to the Right, to the Right

Zoha Qamar | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Zoha Qamar

Since an overdue focus on the Syrian refugee crisis in global headlines, nations across Europe have experienced a steep rise in the popularity of far-right political parties. With many of the foundational ideals of such parties pointing inwards to directly and solely support especially native born citizens, it is clear that such politicians are rising in favor built off the rallying hate of innocent refugees.

No Celebration in France Over Blocking Le Pen

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Joel Dreyfuss

France dodged the bullet in Sunday's second round of regional elections, but the threat from the extreme right remains a dark cloud over election post-mortems. Mainstream French politicians expressed relief this week that they had turned back a bid by Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Front that threatened to win control of six of France's 13 regions.

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!

The Pudding in Ed Miliband's Head

Christina Patterson | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Christina Patterson

Confidence can be very nice, but when you go to see a brain surgeon, you care an awful lot more about skill. If Ed Miliband has the skills to run a country, he certainly hasn't shown it.

Economist Editors: How To Fix Our Broken Democracy

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

Recently, the Berggruen Institute’s Dawn Nakagawa interviewed John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist about their new book, “The ...

François Hollande and the French Socialists: Failure Goes Deeper Than the European Elections

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

The French Socialists' failure in last Sunday's European parliament elections goes deeper in history. Their perennial weakness as a party has characterized French politics for a long time.

Biker Pets, Airport Battles And Tribes Protest The World Cup: Week In Photos

Posted 05.31.2014 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos off...

Fear Gives 40 -- Renzi's Magic Number

Federiga Bindi | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Federiga Bindi

Let's hope fear will transform not only in hope - as Renzi said in closing the electoral campaign - rather in actual change. That would really be historical.

Toward a Government of National Unity in France

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

France is in danger. In Sunday's elections for the European Parliament, a quarter of France's citizens voted for the worst, choosing the party that was not only anti-Europe but also anti-France.

No, France Is Not Becoming Fascist

Scott Gunther | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Scott Gunther

On Sunday, May 25, the National Front, surprised the world by coming in first place in European parliament elections with 25 percent of the vote. Despite what you might read in the underbelly of the Internet, it is not a sign that France is turning "fascist" for several reasons.

The European Parliamentary Elections Provide Stability and Warnings

Georges Ugeux | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

Having such a powerful 50-million-people political and economic partner should be a source of admiration rather than denigration by the American people.

Voter Turnout at EU Polls: Disinterest Can Be Expensive

Dr. Mara Ewers | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Dr. Mara Ewers

Many voters are tired of elections. In the last two German federal elections, only seven out of ten eligible voters casted their vote. For the next Eu...

Why People Should Really Start Caring About The European Elections

Posted 05.22.2014 | World

Starting today, voters all over Europe are heading to the polls to elect a new European parliament. With 751 open spots,candidates from 28 countries a...

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 election ca...

In European Elections, Populism is Against People's Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Amidst veritable media frenzy, we hear the populists and their critiques loud and clear. It is time that someone stand up for the European project. So let us make the argument loudly: a strong, increasingly federal Europe is the best path to freedom, prosperity, and influence in the world. Interconnectedness is a reality, not a choice. In our era of globalization, national regulation is far less effective than continental regulation, which protects consumers from monopolies and unfair practices. From energy to roaming charges, the EU can regulate imperfect matters more effectively than national bodies ever could. In financial markets, the EU has been at the forefront of better regulation to prevent another crisis: from limits on bonuses to the European Central Bank's banking union, we are building a more resilient banking system to protect both depositors and taxpayers alike. Meanwhile the European single market is the key achievement of the Union that has improved standards of living for citizens in every single member state. Today, it provides a strong incentive for countries in the Union to support each other, a truth born out during the financial crisis.

What UKIP Must Learn from the American Liberty Movement

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If UKIP really is a "libertarian" party (and the jury is very much still out), and wishes to benefit from the inherent popularity of liberty, then it must prove it.

The European Swing State

Michał Kamiński | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Michał Kamiński

Election similarities are appearing across the Atlantic and one of those is the emergence of swing states. Watch Poland. The outcome here will have an enormous effect on the future of the EU.

Peter S. Goodman

European Union Faces Crucial Test In Upcoming Parliament Elections | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Back in what now feels like another era, the European Union was a vessel of aspiration whose aims were largely supported by political leaders across t...

Has Europe Already Shown Us Who Will Win in November?

Joshua Franklin | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Joshua Franklin

Political commentators have, as usual, been searching for clues in U.S. presidential history to help predict how the race will turn out. However, it may be that the answers to 2012 are to be found not in the history books, but rather across the Atlantic Ocean.

Since Johnny Can't Read, He Probably Can't Spell 'Big Government' Either

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 07.18.2012 | Education
Tanya M. Acker

I am not so naïve as to be unaware of the obstacles to any such "pie-in-the-sky" educational initiative -- teachers unions and culture warriors who object to science-based curricula being among them -- but we've fried bigger fish before.

Ryan Grim

'Off With Their Heads': U.S. Politicians Eye Europe Warily | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Ned Simons reported from London, Alexandre Phalippou from Paris, and Ryan Grim from Washington. When Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ventured...

Crude Oil Prices Fall To Lowest Level In Months

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

In another sign that the election drama over the price of gas has subsided, crude oil prices on Monday slipped to the lowest level in months, as a wea...

French Frontrunner François Hollande: "The French Don't Work Less Than Others"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 06.20.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

A President of France who has never been a cabinet minister? Until recently, the thought would have been absurd. But the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has thrown France into turmoil. François Hollande, the mild-mannered regional governor, is leading the polls.

Pirate Party On The Rise In Sweden (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In Sweden, the party for internet piracy is on the rise. Christian Engstrom, 49, is the world's first democratically elected Internet pirate and a new...

BNP Party Picks Up Two Seats

Press Association | Pat Hurst and Alistair Keely | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The UK's international reputation has suffered "real damage" as a result of the British National Party gaining their first seats in the European Parli...