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The Italian Job

The Pentagon is using your tax dollars to turn Italy into a launching pad for the wars of today and tomorrow.

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Merkel

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Merkel is Watching You

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Venetians Protest Cruise Ships Inundating Their Waters

Residents of the Italian city are voicing their discontent at the inordinate number of tourists being ferried in by behemoth boats. About 50 protesters jumped into the Giudecca Canal on Saturday to stop 12 enormous cruise ships from heading to St. Mark’s Square, delaying the monstrosities by only an hour.

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Parts of Europe Heating Faster Than Global Average

Climate change hits different regions in different ways. As Europe’s climate warms, some areas are already trying to adapt. New crops are being planted and there’s a call for buildings that don’t overheat in warm weather.

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Climate Change’s Infecting Europe’s Blood Banks

With temperatures rising drastically all over the world, European countries have seen a rise in tropical diseases. This could spell trouble for their blood donations since the pathogens are unprecedented on the Western continent.

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Europe Considers the Effects of Criminalizing Sex Work

Demonstrators gathered around Sweden’s embassies all over the world in July to object to what’s become known as the Nordic way to deal with prostitution—criminalize the purchase of sex, not the sale. The violence still surrounding sex work in European countries goes to show this isn’t the best option.

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Austerity Making It Harder to Cheat on Your Wife

Summer used to be the season of infidelity in Italy. Now, with the European Union enforcing strict measures as a result of the economic crisis, affairs are no longer so simple to maintain.

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Spain’s Railway Infrastructure

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Train Conducter Arrested in Spain After Crash Leaves 78 Dead

Francisco Garzón is expected to make his first court appearance Sunday evening in connection with the deadly train derailment that has left the country in mourning.

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French Stamp Inspired by Topless Feminist Protester Under Fire

Controversy has erupted in France after the creator of a new stamp featuring the country’s revolutionary symbol Marianne says his work was inspired by a topless Ukrainian feminist protester who was granted political asylum by the French government.

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Snowden Leaks Reveal American Trojan Horse in Europe

I am surprised that in the Edward Snowden affair no one I’ve yet seen has quoted the American statesman Henry L. Stimson.

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America’s New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden

How inconvenient to find the names of France, Italy, Japan and Mexico among the 38 embassies and missions bugged at will by our electronic spooks.

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European Officials Angered Over Reports NSA Spied on Them

Americans aren’t the only ones being spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency; European Union officials are being snooped on as well, according to a new report.

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Why Russia Fears the Gay

Although gay Americans have cause for celebration this week, Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a blatantly homophobic law.

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Unrest in Brazil

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Turkey Under Watch

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The European Floods

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DoD/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

America’s Misguided Pivot to Asia

China certainly is no military threat to the continental United States, or to its security, economy or major national interests.

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Can the EU Be Saved?

It is not simply the euro zone that is threatened by the dramatic economic discrepancies that now exist among its members. Now it is the European Union itself that is in danger.

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Why Putin Let Russia’s Richies Take a Bath

The collapse of the Cypriot banking system reveals much about the complex relationship among ordinary Russians, “offshore oligarchs” and a political system that depends on both.

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Rise of U.K. Populist Party

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The Economic Whodunit

The policy mystery of our time is why politicians in the United States and across much of the democratic world are so obsessed with deficits when their primary mission ought to be bringing down high and debilitating rates of unemployment.

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Clouds of Recession Gather Over Northern Europe

A gloomy forecast for the sales of a German automaker portends the possible spread of Southern Europe’s economic crisis to other parts of the continent—and the world.

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Half-Baked Theories Continue to Direct Global History

The blood runs cold when one fully appreciates how vulnerable official policymakers and the Western policy community are to slogans and to magical thinking.

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A Right and Proper Death of the Euro

A new “Alternative for Germany” political movement has erupted as a backlash against the euro, and against Germany’s fellow members of the EU.

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What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World

Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating Margaret Thatcher in the media, only the British themselves seem able to provide a refreshing hit of brisk reality.

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Two Conservative Lives

Two important conservatives departed this life within days of each other. One was a world-historical figure with extravagant political gifts, the other’s misgivings about politics led him to counsel Christians to undertake a political “fast.”

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Asia Cuts Carbon Faster Than Europe

East Asian countries are showing the most progress in reducing the carbon intensity of their economies, leaving their competitors in Europe and the U.S. in their dust.

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Meet the New Pope

As The New York Times points out, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

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Europe, Romance and the Economy

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Swiss Curb Executive Greed; Will Anyone Follow?

Switzerland just had a referendum in which it voted to give company and bank shareholders veto rights over the salaries, bonuses and overall compensation packages of senior executives and board directors.

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Austerity and the Threat to Democracy Around the World

The “sequester” is actually, of course, the American form of austerity, or cutbacks in government spending during a recession. Austerity, or stingy government in Europe has kept employment extremely depressed compared to what it would have been with government stimulus, as Paul Krugman argues.

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Where’s the Beef? Hint: It’s Not in Findus Frozen Beef Lasagne

Tests by the British Food Standards Agency revealed that the European food company’s product contained up to 100 percent horse meat.

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Europe’s Climate Forecast: Unsettling

The European countries currently struggling most economically—Greece, Spain and Portugal—will fare worst under climate change as they lose both harvests and tourists to rising heat and low summer rainfall, the European Environment Agency says.

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Europe’s Carbon Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

A combination of successful lobbying, political interference and lack of economic growth has wrecked the carbon market designed to combat climate change. It is now cheaper to pollute the atmosphere than to invest in becoming energy efficient.

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

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U.S. Army/Specialist Ken Scar

Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Expecting (Video)

The pregnancy was announced Monday after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to a London-area hospital for treatment of acute morning sickness.

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As Hollande Struggles, So Does the Opposition

France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande’s Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More after the jump about that.

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How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

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The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below.

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Greece and EU Aid

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Eurozone Bank Supervision

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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The Burden

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Kids Say the Darnest Things

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