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By Zachary Karabell

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Tag: European Union

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Looks Like Greece’s Progressive Syriza Party Has Been Elected … Again

Most of Sunday’s snap general election results are in—and it seems Syriza has claimed another important victory in Greece and Alexis Tspiras will continue to lead the country.

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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

May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders

Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Traveling to Work Is ‘Work,’ European Court Declares

The highest court in the European Union has ruled that the time workers without a fixed office spend traveling to and from their tasks should be regarded as time spent working and is thus billable.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: Climate Change Helped Create Islamic State

The former governor of Maryland urges supporters to protest his party’s debate schedule, calls on the U.S. to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees, attributes the rise of Islamic State in part to climate change and responds to criticism by David Simon, creator of the television series “The Wire,” of his policing policies during his tenure as mayor of Baltimore.

Posted on Sep 10, 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

As Many Governments Flail, Ordinary Europeans Are Making Extraordinary Gestures to Help Refugees

Immersed in the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union cannot get it together. But ordinary Europeans are doing amazing things.

Posted on Sep 8, 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

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

European Union Calls for Emergency Talks About Refugee Crisis

As several countries in the region—Hungary, Macedonia, Italy and Greece among them—struggle to deal with staggering numbers of refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, European Union leaders have decided it’s time for an emergency summit on the subject.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy a Chance

A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict.

Posted on Aug 26, 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

VIDEO: Comforting Sobbing Refugee, Merkel Says Germany Can’t Help Everyone

In a televised meeting that has gone viral, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rubbed the shoulder of a sobbing teenager who faces the threat of deportation under German policies.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

The IMF Gets Behind Greece With Debt Relief Demand

In a move that looks at once like a boost for Greece’s economic cause and grounds for further complication among eurozone member countries, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that it might pull its support for the proposed bailout plan unless other nations agree to whittle down some of Greece’s debt.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Tsipras Pushes Greeks to Take Bailout Deal

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday continued the diplomatic high-wire act that his country’s economic crisis has obliged him to attempt by working hard to persuade members of the Greek Parliament and the general population to accept the bailout package he was just offered in Brussels.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Greece Accepts Draconian EU Bailout Demands

To get desperately needed funds, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has submitted his country to harsh economic reforms that the people had rejected in a referendum just a week earlier.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

We Are All Greeks Now

What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Greek Victory Inspires Us

While Greece is not the first country to defy the IMF’s prescriptions, it is uniquely poised to underscore, once and for all, capitalism’s incompatibility with democracy.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

There Will Be Blood

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World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future

Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Is Greece’s ‘No’ on the Debt Referendum Another Youth Revolution?

In the past five years, the old political categories—left, right, center or capitalist and socialist—have been challenged by a new category: youth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Voters Send Decisive Message to European Leaders: No Deal (Updated)

If there was any lingering question about where the majority of Greeks stood on the deal drummed up by European creditors to try to contain Greece’s ongoing financial crisis, Sunday’s referendum on the bailout package soundly dispelled it.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

EU Bailout Terms Are Designed to Force Syriza From Power

The aim of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU powers in the Greek debt crisis is “apparently to humiliate Tsipras and his government in preparation for its early replacement with a more pliable administration,” writes Seamus Milne, associate editor of The Guardian.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

Don’t Cry for Greece—Argentina Sets the Example for Surviving After Default

In Argentina, there’s a name for what Germany and other troika members who’ve attempted to profit from Greece’s austerity-induced suffering have become: “buitres,” the Spanish word for vultures.

Posted on Jul 1, 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

European Authorities Ask America to Let Edward Snowden Come Home to a Fair Trial

The Council of Europe declared its support of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday and called on the European Union to offer whistleblowers asylum from “retaliation in their home countries.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Only One-Third of the EU Is Governed by the Center-Left

Since last year’s European Parliament elections, when conservative forces took the largest bloc, there have been 13 parliamentary and presidential elections in the union, and only one of them—in Sweden—was won by the center-left.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Health Sector Needs Firmer EU Hand on Climate Change

Health care systems should be required to observe tighter rules with regard to their climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions, lobbyists say.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

The Cold War Heats Up as the U.S. and Poland Discuss Weapons Deployment in Eastern Europe

Saber-rattling in response to alleged Russian expansionism is the latest in a series of dramatic breaks from the post-Cold War detente between Russia and the U.S.-led West.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty and Other Renowned Economists Demand an End to Greek Austerity

Twenty-six of the world’s most distinguished economic minds proclaimed their solidarity with Greece’s ruling anti-austerity party in an essay published in the Financial Times in early June.

Posted on Jun 12, 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

Rich Countries’ Climate Plans Leave Yawning Gap

Analysis of emissions cuts planned by EU and G7 countries reveals that they will take the world less than a third of the way to the agreed safety level.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Julian Assange on NSA, TPP, British Nukes, Libyan Refugees and His Struggle for Freedom

In an hourlong discussion on “Democracy Now!” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that the NSA can continue to spy on Americans in spite of legislation coming out of Congress and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is about corporate control.

Posted on May 27, 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

Seas Generate a Rising Tide of Ideas on Renewables

The E.U. says it’s time for tides to provide energy for Europe from the Atlantic and end reliance on the burning of polluting fossil fuels.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Thousands March Against Spain’s Anti-Protest Laws in the World’s First Hologram Protest (Video)

What do you do when your government won’t let you express yourself freely? Well, you turn yourself into a hologram, of course.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Western Europe’s Right-Wing Parties Are Sensational but Ineffectual

The current transatlantic view of Europe is one of continental political decline, elegant at best but ominous at worst.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

EU vs. Google: Who Will Prevail?

The European Union’s top antitrust watchdog is setting her sights on Google, taking the tech giant to task for allegedly elbowing out competitors’ listings in online shopping searches.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Struggle for Palestine: What’s Winnable, What’s Not

In Europe’s parliamentary debates, discussion of a one-state solution is rare or nonexistent, but for some in the Palestinian solidarity movement, a two-state solution is unambitious.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

How GOP Threats Against Iran Have Guaranteed the End of European Sanctions

The U.S. sanction regime on Iran has a unilateral dimension. Then there is a European dimension, which involves using the clout of the Department of Treasury as well as the persuasiveness of the Department of State’s diplomats to get European Union buy-in regarding their own sanctions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE

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European Allies Are Declaring Their Independence from Irresponsible U.S.

Britain, Germany and France are all posting signs of dissent in the West.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity ... for the Rich

“The finance ministers of Europe are not all in favor of balancing the budget if it has to be balanced by taxing the rich,” says economist Michael Hudson (not pictured) of the ongoing confrontation over the Greek debt crisis.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Affects European Farmers’ Yields

Scientists says changes in temperature and snow or rainfall are key factors in the stagnation of wheat and barley yields across Europe since the early 1990s.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Germany and Greece Are Going Head to Head in Bailout Negotiations

In what The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott is calling a “white flag [being] raised over Athens,” Greece has requested a six-month extension to its bailout plan, essentially giving in to the eurozone finance ministers’ demands for austerity. Germany, however, refused the country’s proposal Thursday.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

How Germany and the U.K. Benefited From Greece and Spain’s Brain Drain

As Greece tries to come to an “honorable agreement” with austerity-loving eurozone finance ministers, let’s not forget who stood to gain the most from the financial crises in southern Europe.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

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