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Something Remarkable Is Happening on the Political Left in Portugal

After a general election left political options in Portugal a bit hazy this month, a coalition made up of the Socialist, Communist, Green and Left Bloc parties ousted a conservative government that held the reins for a mere 11 days. And that’s not all the anti-austerity Portuguese have done in recent weeks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Will Europe Address the Muslims of Its ‘Marginalized Ghettos’?

As authorities search a locked-down Brussels for suspects in this month’s Paris attacks, Belgian-born Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch, talks about the pockets of European cities where many migrants live.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE

Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

First They Jailed the Bankers. Now All Icelanders Will Get a Payout From Bank Sale.

Iceland’s revolutionary approach to dealing with the international financial meltdown of 2008 certainly deserves every bit of the attention it has garnered.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Malnutrition and ‘Victorian’ Diseases Are Soaring in England ‘Due to Food Poverty and Cuts’

Cases of malnutrition have doubled and other “Victorian” diseases are soaring in the U.K., in what campaigners say is a direct result of Tory government austerity measures.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

Ottomans Saved the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Ancestors; Now He Says Islam Was Never Part of Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban not only continued to defend his anti-immigrant bigotry but went on to say that Islam has never been part of Europe.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE

There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

Sweden Is Moving Toward the 6-hour Workday — and It’s Turning Out Great

Sweden’s experiment aimed at transforming the workday is having unexpected results.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees

As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Pro-Independence Parties Win Big in Catalonia’s Regional Election

Together the nationalist coalition Junts pel Sí and the Popular Unity Candidacy party in Spain won the absolute majority of parliamentary seats in Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Can a Divided Europe Handle the Refugee Crisis?

Deaths at sea and a chaotic refugee influx reflect the failure of European Union leaders to settle on a common immigration policy, one of Italy’s top elected officials tells ProPublica.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

All Should Be Repenting for the Suffering of the Refugees

Our global economic and political system is the root cause of the problem, so instead of blaming Europe, let’s fix the problem.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis

Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Blue Wall of Refugees in Europe

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Europe Can Accommodate Migrants, but Politicians Don’t Want Them

Contrary to the perception pushed by officials and the dominant media, the refugees arriving on European shores constitute a small minority of the immigrants within and going to the European Union, writes Richard Seymour in the magazine Jacobin.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Egyptian Billionaire Offers to Buy Island in Mediterranean to House Refugees

“Greece or Italy, sell me an island,” Naguib Sawiris tweeted. He even suggested a name for the new country: “Hope.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

German Chancellor Says Her Country Can Take In Refugees Without Raising Taxes

As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without suffering a significant economic toll.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

New Poll Finds Scotland Would Vote for Independence in a Second Referendum

The survey suggests that 53 percent of Scottish voters would vote “yes” and 44 percent “no,” with 3 percent undecided.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

How Europe Risks Losing Its Humanity in the Migrant Crisis

“In treating needy refugees like invaders,” writes journalist Robert Fisk, Europe may be losing its compassion, which he describes as “the one victory [it] learned from the Second World War.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Migrant Crisis: 71 People Found Dead in Abandoned Truck in Austria

Austrian authorities report that four children—three boys ages 7 to 10, and a toddler girl—were among the passengers whose bodies were found in east Vienna on Thursday in the back of an abandoned truck, locked inside with no ventilation in the summer heat.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

More Than 2,000 Are Thought to Have Died This Year Trying to Cross Into Europe by Sea

As the Mediterranean migrant crisis hits a deadly milestone, the International Organization for Migration warns of a worsening situation and confirms that the route is the “deadliest for migrants in search of a better life.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Reforms ‘Will Fail,’ Former Finance Minister Varoufakis Says

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned recently, predicted that the measures will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

How Goldman Sachs Helped Create the Greek Debt Crisis

The investment bank turned a huge profit by helping to hide the real extent of Greece’s debt, and in the process almost doubled it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Here’s What 5 Top Economists Are Telling Angela Merkel About the Greek Debt Crisis

The German chancellor is being advised by the likes of Thomas Piketty and Jeffrey Sachs, among others, on how her decisions regarding Greece will shape how generations come to view her; a writer argues that there is “quiet racism” in Instagram filters; meanwhile, AirBnB may be destroying the creative class. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Economists Krugman and Stiglitz on Why Greeks Should Vote ‘No’ on the Referendum

Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman maintain that Greece must keep going it alone and vote “no” on the upcoming referendum on the bailout.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

Greece Nearing Financial Collapse Against Looming IMF Deadline

The future of Greece and the European project as a whole hangs in the balance as the country confirms nonpayment to the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE

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Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity—and It’s Been a Success

Iceland’s insistence on following a different drummer after the global economic collapse is evidence that a more ethical approach can work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

European Power Market Is Slipping Away From King Coal

Analysis of falling demand for electricity within the EU sends a stark warning to investors in new coal plants that their assets could be left stranded.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

World Leaders Urged to Kick Killer Coal Habit

An Oxfam report says all coal-fired power plants in the G7 group of countries should be phased out to save lives, money and the planet.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Swedish Supreme Court Rejects Julian Assange Appeal

Despite the rejection, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder say they are encouraged by the judges’ 4-1 split, which may indicate that the court will change its decision.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Five More Years of Tory Government: What Fresh Hell Is This?

Now free to pursue a radical agenda, David Cameron will lead Britain even further down the murky path of austerity, privatization, increased surveillance and jingoism.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

British Elections

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

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