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Postwar Era Has Ended, but Not Appetite for War

It was Britain, not the United States, which took the initiative in creating a new political order and a new security system after the Second World War.

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Parts of Europe ‘5°C Warmer’ by 2100

Severe temperature rises in parts of Europe by the end of the century will be accompanied by much more frequent droughts, scientists say.

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Germany’s Angela Merkel Injured in Skiing Accident

A week of news regarding German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s severe injuries in a ski accident has left the country (and much of the world) in suspense. Now, the German chancellor has harmed her pelvis while practicing the same sport, forcing her to step out of European politics for three whole weeks.

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Fighting About Ukraine

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Why Are Teens Leaving Facebook in Droves?

The omni-popular social media network is losing esteem among 16- 18-year-olds in the European Union who are trying their best to disassociate themselves from the site. And the reason behind this mass exodus? Parents, of course.

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE


Putin at the EU Door

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Putin Tears Ukraine

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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Right-Wing Extremism—It’s Not Just for the U.S.

The Syrian refugee crisis has fanned the flames of right-wing extremism in Bulgaria, signaling yet more nationalistic political sentiment in Europe. No one’s predicting a return of the 1930s rise of fascism, but the parallels are disturbing.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Iceland Sends Four Bank Bosses to the Slammer

The onetime CEO of Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank, one Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, is going to jail for five and a half years for his part in his firm’s downfall—which also helped his country’s economy bottom out in 2008. He’ll be in good company.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Leaves European Cities Hesitant

A number of European cities show little sign of preparing for a warmer world despite the strenuous efforts of their national governments.

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Fire Kills at Least 7 in Italian Sweatshop ‘Dormitory’

The tragedy Sunday draws spotlights to the growing problem of sweatshops in Europe exploiting immigrant laborers, just another part of the region’s struggle to handle legal and illegal immigration.

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Why Iran Deal Is Good for the Economy

As Reuters reports, the wizards of finance expect the landmark nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran to boost global growth and make us all feel a little bit richer. Here’s why.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE


Ukraine Between Europe and Russia

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Overheard

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NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



What’s in a Face?

Gay and straight men’s visages may differ in form, researchers say; cops in New Mexico have taken to administering anal exams for minor traffic breaches; meanwhile, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would divest European governments of any power to defend their citizens from big business. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Discredited Economic Theory Holds Europe in Deflationary Thrall

Why there is such iron fidelity to neoliberal austerity in the contemporary community of official, semiofficial and even academic economists? It can’t be that it works. It doesn’t work.

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Spain and Many Others Are in Cahoots With the NSA

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that Spain’s intelligence agency collaborated with the NSA to track the phone calls of millions of Spaniards. And Spain’s not the only country that’s been caught red-handed. It appears the U.S. isn’t alone in its obsession with spying on its own inhabitants.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE


Spy vs Allies

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Spying Scandal Makes Clear That Europe Must Declare Independence

The crisis caused in Europe by American intelligence interceptions of its allies’ electronic communications derives from a problem Europeans have known and put up with since the Second World War. The time has come to call a halt.

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NSA Spying: It’s About the Money, Honey

European Union Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding says the NSA surveillance of top allies has nothing to do with terrorism, and may instead be an effort to seek advantages for American corporations.

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NSA Concerns

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Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon

Now we know that even the president needs leaks from Edward Snowden to be fully informed about the dastardly acts of his own top spy agency.

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How Much Did Obama Know About NSA Spying? Depends on Whom You Ask

Intelligence officials speaking anonymously (do they know any other method?) are reportedly pissed that the White House seems to be distancing the president from the NSA’s metastasizing eavesdropping scandal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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House GOP Shutdown an Exceptionally Reckless Waste of Time

Abroad, what is happening in Washington remains to most a mystery of very little interest.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


Four More Years

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Lampedusa

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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.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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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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.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE


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