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What's In a Name? Asking Simple Questions...

Alan Miller | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Alan Miller

What is Democracy? It is the fundamental belief that We the People are adults that can decide how we want to live and can vote -- and sometimes do even more than that -- to shape the world in the way we want to see it.

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

The Czech Republic and the EU: Democracy Without Democrats

Jiri Pehe | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Jiri Pehe

When, in 2003, some 78 percent of Czechs voted in in favor of joining the European Union, the mood in the country was optimistic. The country's economy had shown impressive growth rates; foreign investment had been booming. Joining the EU on May 1, 2004, was seen as a symbolic step underlining successful reforms that had been adopted during the process of accession. On the 10th anniversary of accession, the mood is far less optimistic. According to the latest surveys, about two-thirds of Czechs do not trust the EU, citing too much bureaucracy and overregulation as the main problems of the EU.

Marching on Moscow

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

So why are the United States, the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) all on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to achieve?

The EU Today Is Not About Peace Among Neighbors, But Power in the World

Tony Blair | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Tony Blair

The EU must think carefully about where it goes from here, how it reconnects with its citizens' concerns, and how it can better realize its ideals in a changing world. Complacency about the far right's showing, on the grounds that there remains a pro-European majority, is dangerous. Even ardent supporters of Europe think there must be change. In an increasingly multipolar world, in which GDP and population will increasingly be correlated, the rationale for Europe is stronger than ever. Together, Europe's peoples can wield genuine influence. Alone, they will over time decline in relative importance. The 21st century world order will be dramatically different from that of the 20th century. The rationale for Europe today is not peace; it is power.

Exit Polls: Far-Right Party Wins European Election In French Vote

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

* Partial results show FN in first place with 26 pct * Record low score for Hollande's Socialists * Le Pen says "people ...

My Late Loveletter to Europe

Anne Biging | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Anne Biging

The complexity and opportunity of the crisis around the Euro turned me on in a way that I knew: I really want this Europe!

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 el...

The Road to Euro-Fascism

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The European economic crisis with its high unemployment only stimulates more migration, which puts pressure on local labor markets and pushes the local working class further into the arms of the nationalist far-right.

Court Rules We Should Have A Say In What Comes Up When We're Googled

AP | By TOBY STERLING | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Europe's highest court Tuesday gave people the means to scrub their reputations online, issuing a landmark ruling that experts say ...

EU Sees No Evil in Egypt

David Hearst | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
David Hearst

Egypt's next president could not have made himself clearer. In a two-hour television interview that marked the start and mostly likely the end, too, of his election campaign, the former general who led the military coup declared the sole purpose of his presidency would be to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood -- once and for all.

Greece Is A Long Way from Back

Dr. John N. Kallianiotis | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Dr. John N. Kallianiotis

Greece needs a new conservative, moral and ethical government. Taxes must be reduced for the middle class and small businesses. Liquidity must be improved, with loans offered to private companies, which will create jobs and encourage educated young Greeks to stay.

Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Louis Belanger

Incredibly, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is clear that the TISA seeks to further deregulate financial markets and to make matters worst, with such high stakes for people and our planet, talks are being held behind closed doors.

Lannisters in Foggy Bottom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

It is fine if Americans want to retire from their role in world policing, but juvenile and impractical interventions like the one in Ukraine or the sudden abdication of responsibility like in Syria are inexcusable.

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

There is No Place in the European Union for This Turkey

Theo Summer | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Theo Summer

For 30 years, I have advocated accepting Turkey into the European Union, once the country has fulfilled the Copenhagen Criteria: institutional stability as a guarantee of democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and minority rights, a functioning market economy, and finally the pledge to embrace the goals of the political, economic and monetary union. If Erdogan continues as he has over the past two years, he will not fulfill these criteria. There is no place in the European Union for this Turkey.

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.

EU Leader On Russia: 'They Are Intending To Build Up'

Posted 04.05.2014 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — EU foreign ministers stressed the need Saturday for Russia to defuse tensions with Ukraine following a two-day informal meetin...

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

The Ghosts of Kursk

Brian Kahn | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Brian Kahn

To understand (as distinct from 'to agree with') the Russian viewpoint, one needs to remember that Ukrainian nationalists/fascists fought alongside the Nazi invaders. Today's Ukrainian "Right Sector" party is one their current incarnations.

Ukraine and the EU: History is Not Destiny

Daniela Schwarzer | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
Daniela Schwarzer

What the world is now witnessing in Ukraine is a political struggle between two different visions of modernity, good governance and a decent society. It is an echo, 20 years later, of what happened in 1989 and thereafter in many Warsaw Pact countries. They are now mostly members of the European Union and of NATO, living proof that history is not destiny. There is no reason why it could not happen now in Ukraine, in Russia. . .and elsewhere. The choice is for Ukrainians, Russians and others to make. But Europe and the United States should be there to help.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: Heading West On Adventure

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.23.2014 | Travel
Charles Karel Bouley

This is Part II of III chronicling a trip to Ireland for 12 remote radio shows and a media trip surrounding St. Patrick's Day by the Karel Cast, Karel...

Switzerland and the EU: The Heavy Cost of Isolation

Student Reporter | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Student Reporter

swissreferendumcows ZURICH, Switzerland - On Feb. 9, the Swiss voted to introduce a quota system to cap immigration from European Union countries. The EU has responded quickly and unequivocally: Without the free movement of persons, Switzerland risks losing access to EU markets and institutions that help fuel a large part of the Swiss economy. In the few weeks since the referendum, Switzerland has already gotten a taste of the costs that increasing isolation brings.

Ukraine, From More Than One Perspective

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

Friends have asked me to write to explain what is going on. But how do I explain an extremely complicated situation that feels so personal? Mainstream media runs headlines about Ukraine right next to stories about Syria. And isn't that the bottom line -- how do we avoid another Syria?