Complaints about the imposition of a "teutonic regime" and appeals for German leadership seem to contradict each other - a kind of continent-wide cognitive dissonance. In fact, the complaints and calls for leadership are mutually reinforcing. The implementation of austerity policies in the periphery has caused these countries to ask for help and request that Germany take the lead by putting more money on the European table. Nobody would deny that Germany has an interest in preserving the euro. So why shouldn't it support its partners with financial help to overcome the crisis?
When your father is executed in a Kharkov prison for his political beliefs and you are forced to flee your homeland with your newly-widowed mother and younger brother, first to Poland then on to a ravaged, post-War Berlin, is a bout with breast cancer viewed with some different perspective?
Yes, the Maidan protesters in Kiev's Independence Square were heroes, but the true fight begins now: the fight for what the new Ukraine will be. And this fight will be much tougher than the fight against Putin's intervention. The question is not if Ukraine is worthy of Europe, good enough to enter the EU -- but if today's Europe is worthy of the deepest aspirations of the Ukrainians. If Ukraine ends up as a mixture of ethnic fundamentalism and liberal capitalism, with oligarchs pulling the strings, it will be as European as Russia (or Hungary) is today.
Long before Lady Gaga was visioning "ArtRaves" in galleries to promote her modern art-infused idea of what pop music should be and, perhaps, become, Munich-based fine art/musical ensemble Chicks on Speed had already realized it.
The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.
Fast-forward to 2014. There is a contradiction and an absurdity at the heart of the SNP's economic claims regarding a currency union and, ultimately, the party's case for independence.
On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," the German ambassador to the United States, Peter Ammon, talks about the need for Washington and Berlin to rebuild trust following recent revelations about U.S. surveillance on German officials.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is quoted as saying "Without an education, a people will perish." From the moment "The Great...
There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.
Before Daft Punk used their signature moniker of dressing up as robots, before EDM was captivating audiences around the world, before computers wer...
New analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) links exposure to air pollution to roughly 7 million deaths annually.
I'm not suggesting you avoid Versailles or the Louvre. But go during the off season, when the crowds thin, and bring a knowledgeable guide. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Really. Just go.
What we must have is a clear, enforceable, protected solution whereby ICANN does not fall under the influence of the colors of any country's flag or political leader.
Germany's energy transformation is an example of a win for both independence and sovereignty. The rapid expansion of renewable energy saves us not just about 150 million tons of greenhouse gases each year. It also reduces the need for annual imports worth about 10 billion euros.
Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 20 2014 How unusua...