Weidmann's "separatist" view clearly stems from the German concept of highly independent central banking, assuring price stability rather than trying to target other problems and ensure macroeconomic stability.
Putin's alpha male diplomacy binds personal humiliation, threats to cripple the economy, and the use of force to intimidate Russia's neighbors.
The vice president of the European Commission explained Lars Mensel why she wasn't shocked by the NSA revelations, how Europe can profit from its currency crisis and why we shouldn't worry too much about Euroskeptics.
The situation in which Ukraine finds itself is the president's own doing, and was sealed when Yanukovych secretly met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last month.
The chaos in the CAR has potential to negatively impact its neighboring states further, especially given the region's ongoing conflicts and instability.
When you manage a foreign company, the image that Europe portrays is different in many respects from what you're used to hearing. The continent is the most important foreign investor in many regions of the world, including South-East Asia.
The turn of events brings to light two features of existing EU policy: the relative weakness of EU incentives and the continuing problems for countries in the post-Soviet space to evade Russia's influence.
Ukraine's decision to freeze its signing of a trade and cooperation agreement with the EU in favor of a closer relationship with Russia constitutes a stunning triumph for Vladimir Putin, a major geopolitical defeat for the West, and a tragedy for the long suffering Ukrainian people.
A narrative and diplomacy of opportunity and hope needs to replace the dismal mood that dominated Warsaw. Conscious focus on how to revitalize solidarity is global climate challenge number one.
Of the three multiethnic countries that dissolved in the aftermath of the Cold War, Czechoslovakia fared the best. The two successor states suffered none of the violence, economic catastrophe, or political discord that Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union experienced.
November 10 will not go down as a stellar day for U.S. diplomacy. The premature faux hoopla over the scuttled first-stage nuclear agreement with Iran yielded little more than a legacy of miscues and a dozen eggs on Uncle Sam's face.
Considering Iran's current nuclear capabilities and their level of uranium refinement, would putting emphasis on intensified multilateral and bilateral talks be an effective approach? Iran's current nuclear status and its shift in the last few months should be examined closely.
There's still a fair amount of mystery around the West's much ballyhooed almost deal with Iran on its hotly disputed nuclear program. Like, what was the deal? And why did it suddenly stall?
What the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is all about is locking in a deregulatory regime that threatens some of the best consumer and environmental laws on both sides of the Atlantic.
Edward Snowden has provided the gift that keeps on giving. While his disclosures about confidential spy programs present a huge headache for the U.S. Government, they also threaten to slow the pursuit of a more open global digital marketplace.
Two points, I think, are important to understanding the European response to invasive U.S. surveillance: a shift in values and a shift in power.