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Euro Hot Air Balloon

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Zuccotti Park Reoccupied

Barricades in Zuccotti Park have finally come down, causing protesters to immediately reoccupy; in the face of budget cuts, some teachers opt to work for free; meanwhile, Kopimism, a new religion based on file-sharing, emerges. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Germany’s Jobless Rate Drops to 20-Year Low

If only we could import a little bit of Germany right now—in a good way. Unlike many of its European neighbors, Germany is enjoying a bit of an economic boost in that its unemployment rate dropped to a record low for the month of December.

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Three Wise Men

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Shackles

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Germany Dominates Europe Once Again

Germany, as we all know, is a problem—especially a disproportionately powerful and united Germany. (Update)

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Quarreling EU

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Time Is Up

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Papandreou Prepares His Exit

After his ill-conceived eleventh-hour referendum idea fell through last week, the thread from which Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was dangling effectively snapped. By Sunday, it was apparent that Papandreou was ready to accept defeat ... (more)

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Greek PM: Never Mind the Referendum

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou appeared to be losing his grip on both his country and his job on Thursday, as reports circulated that he had scrapped his surprise call for a nationwide referendum on the bailout plan proposed by eurozone leaders ... (more) Updated

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Greek Ruins

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Relief in Europe, Inequality in America

An emergency economic summit in Europe brought direly needed relief to Greece and neighboring nations, but will it last—and is it enough? Meanwhile, on our side of the planet, a report from Congress showed that the richest 1 percent of Americans more than doubled their share of national income in the last 30 years.

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AP / Daniel Roland

Eurozone Gets a Boost, Finally

This week’s European crisis summit in Brussels has produced an agreement in an effort to mitigate what was looking like an inevitable economic catastrophe, judging by the dire situation in Greece and elsewhere in the eurozone. By Thursday, international markets were registering the results.

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EU Leaders Hold Emergency Huddle

Greece is hanging by a thread, and its European neighbors scrambled to avoid a similar fate, and stave off even harder times for the Greeks, by holding a summit in Brussels on Wednesday. Here’s a look at a couple of action items on the busy agenda for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon … (more)

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Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Package

While the international media zoomed in on Libya on Thursday, another important story was unfolding in Athens, where two days of strikes and protests failed to sway parliament members from passing a bill of austerity measures the Greek government insisted was necessary to avoid an even more catastrophic economic mess.

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As Another Crisis Looms, a Case for the Euro and Collective Action

In the discussion over how to solve Europe’s financial crisis, opponents of the euro argue “that it is a monetary straitjacket and that the best reform now would be its breakup.” Not so, says Will Hutton, author, columnist and former editor-in-chief of The Observer. (more)

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Statue of Angela Merkel

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EU Slaps a Ban on Syrian Oil

The European Union announced Saturday that it is banning purchases of Syrian oil, a first for Europe, which had thus far avoided targeting Syrian industry as a method to stem the government violence there. (more)

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Let Us Die Together

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Credit Crunch

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EU Battles Extremes

The EU decides to address far-right extremism; education fails to solve poverty and inequality, while Netflix may destroy TV networks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Papandreou Among the Ruins

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Soros Sounds a Warning on the Future of EU

George Soros issued a dire warning to the European Union recently, stating that fundamental flaws in the design of the euro are preventing economically distressed nations like Greece from getting back on their feet and threatening the very existence of the EU. (more)

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Greek Austerity Protests

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EU to Place Sanctions on Syria

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Syria next week in response to the Assad regime’s latest violent crackdowns, which have killed as many as 16 protesters.

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Eurocorruption

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Europe Cares About Privacy, Even If Europeans Don’t

In the age of oversharing, we take it for granted that our every status is up to date and hanging out for all to see. Privacy, we are told, is dead. But over in Europe, they have crazy new laws that actually restrict how businesses stalk us online. Communists.

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Testing Turkey

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Fine French Whine

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Sarkozy’s Crisis

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Napoleon Sarko

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Travel Advisory

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Europeans Take to the Streets to Protest Spending Cuts

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people in Spain, Italy, Greece and other European nations registered their disapproval of their governments’ moves to make them bear the brunt of the financial shenanigans that sent the global economy into a downward spiral two years ago.

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Germany’s Good Fortune Tips the Scales Against Its Neighbors

The excellent second quarter export and growth results reported by Germany have set that country at an increasing, and increasingly dangerous, distance from the other members of the European Union.

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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

And Now, Even More Sanctions Against Iran

The Iranian government is apparently of the opinion that sanctions are not “an effective tool,” particularly when those sanctions are imposed against Iran from elsewhere in the world, such as the more stringent ones that the European Union just adopted, for example.

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Reality and Reform for How the EU Keeps Its Peace

The European Union deliberately has chosen not to challenge the United States as a military or political superpower. This is convenient for most and saves Europe a great deal of money. It is prudent, since no one knows what the U.S. would do if the Europeans undertook a role that challenged American primacy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Daniel Roland

U.S. Granted Access to European Bank Info

Here’s another bit of news guaranteed to win us friends around the world: On Thursday, EU officials voted in favor of granting U.S. anti-terror investigators access to Europeans’ bank information.

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AP / Virginia Mayo

EU Moves to Cap Bank Bonuses

Looks like banking executives in EU member nations will have to settle for slightly less ginormous bonuses in the coming year, once the European Parliament puts its official stamp on an agreement to limit banking bonuses and severance packages.

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AP / Petros Giannakouris

The Greeks Get It

Here’s to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out.

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What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

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Speculators [A cartoon from Austria]

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Greece Offers to Repay Loans with Giant Horse

Finance ministers from 16 EU nations awoke in Brussels this morning to find that a huge wooden horse had been wheeled into the city center overnight.

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A Fragile Partnership

The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.

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Greece Isn’t Europe’s Only Problem

Today’s European crisis was precipitated by Greece acting with possibly reckless honesty, and Germany behaving badly.

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A World Without Tuna

They served whale at a Santa Monica sushi restaurant. But where are the shock, horror and hidden cameras when the sashimi comes out? Tuna are rapidly vanishing from the Earth’s oceans. An effort to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna just failed at a U.N. meeting, because the countries that sell the animals as food are worried about their fishermen.

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‘Rescuing’ Iceland

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Europe Needs to Believe in Its Own Adequacy

What is this problem about Europe’s standing in the world today that obsesses the Europeans and generates constant self-examination, endless academic seminars and political conferences, all permeated with inarticulate anxiety?

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ABC News / Giulio Saggin

EU Agrees to Pre-Copenhagen Deal

It looks like the EU is anteing up for December’s Copenhagen conference on global warming, agreeing to a conditional deal that estimates climate change will need almost $150 billion every year until 2020, and that the EU is prepared to pay its “fair share”—though poorer countries say it’s still not enough.

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White House Archive / Paul Morse

Tony Blair Isn’t Conservative Enough to Be President of Europe

The former British prime minister took a hit after France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel agreed over dinner at the Élysée Palace (oh to be a fly on that wall) that the first president of the European Council ought to be more of a right-winger. (continued)

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