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Thousands in Poland Protest Judicial Reforms

According to opponents of the Polish government, new legislation violates judicial independence and the rule of law.

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Other G-20 Members Shun U.S. Position on Climate, Strike Deal on Trade

The final statement of the summit in Germany underlines that every other meeting participant supports the Paris pact, rejected by President Trump on June 1.

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President Macron’s Party Dominates French Parliamentary Vote

Voters give the upstart party a solid victory, handing the centrist leader a mandate to reshape French politics and overhaul the country’s restrictive labor laws.

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John Oliver: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Is ‘Maddeningly Evasive’ on Brexit Negotiations (Video)

As Britain prepares for official talks on its divorce from the European Union, the “Last Week Tonight” host outlines what a mess his native country is in at the moment.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver: Trump’s Description of the Paris Climate Agreement Is ‘Flamboyantly Deceptive’ (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host outlines the many misleading things the president has said about the climate change pact and lists the dire consequences of Donald Trump’s latest decision.

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many

Economic forces at work beyond the reach of the global climate agreement present their own long-term challenges.

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Climate ‘Danger Zone’ Seen if Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Agreement

A move by the United States to scrap the accord could have a domino effect on the participation of other countries and probably would speed up global warming.

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Angela Merkel Tells European Leaders They Must Depend on Themselves

The German chancellor certainly knew what she was doing when she made her otherwise cautious statement.

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French Election: Macron Emerges Victorious; Analysts Weigh In (Live Blog)

Emmanuel Macron has been declared the next president of France, despite eleventh-hour twists leading up to Sunday’s runoff.

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Four Scary Implications of the French Election

The first round of voting in France’s presidential election marks another step in the emergence of a new political world in the Western democracies.

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French Mayor, Upset by Vote of Le Pen Backers, Says He May Quit Rather Than Serve Those ‘Assholes’

Daniel Delomez (pictured) has threatened to resign after 38 percent of the electorate in Annezin, his town in northern France, endorsed the far-right candidate.

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Theresa May Will Have Her Way: British Parliament Votes to Allow June 8 Election (Update)

On Tuesday, the British prime minister suddenly called for a snap general election. On Wednesday, Parliament approved the early election.

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John Oliver on Why We Should Pay Close Attention to the Upcoming French Election (Video)

France is on the verge of committing a nativist mistake comparable to those the United States and Britain made in 2016, the “Last Week Tonight” host says.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Some Assembly Required [a cartoon from Greece]









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Brexit Has Begun Officially, but No One Seems to Know How Long It Will Take

As Britain’s prime minister triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the formal process for the U.K. to leave the European Union, EU officials essentially say, “Not so fast.”

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Erdogan Hurls ‘Nazi’ Epithets as He Campaigns to Bolster His Power

Turkey’s president rips Germany and the Netherlands for blocking rallies among Turkish expats. Those rallies would support a referendum that could vastly increase Erdogan’s authority.

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Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU

At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

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A Second Scottish Independence Referendum Looms as Formal Brexit Negotiations Appear Imminent

Just after the U.K. Parliament’s vote to start the formal process to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government throws a wrench in the works.

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Intention [a cartoon from the Netherlands]









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Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?

Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

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Will Turkey Leave NATO for Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Council?

Most likely it is an idle threat by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, perhaps an attempt at getting Europe to be silent about his human rights abuses.

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‘Joint Way Forward’ Deal Does Not Lead to Peace or Progress for Afghans

The bilateral deal between the European Union and Afghanistan is another example of double standards and reinforces how little some people’s lives are valued in today’s world.

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Low Voter Turnout Will Benefit Donald Trump the Most on Election Day

If you care who wins the election next month, get off the couch, go down to your polling place and vote.

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Gas Pipelines Threaten EU Climate Goals, Critics Contend

Critics claim that 3 billion euros in European funding for the Southern Gas Corridor energy project would undermine European Union climate-change targets and gloss over human rights abuses.

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Standing Up to Apple

For years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas. Last week, the European Union did something about it.

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TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister

“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Euro

The timing couldn’t be better for this new book, which recounts the tragic irony of how the euro, which was supposed to bring Europe together, is in fact driving it apart.

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Brexit and the Derivatives Time Bomb

Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown by forcing the European Union to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. But there’s an alternative.

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How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

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BoJo, the #Brexit Bro

Your three-minute read on the best reporting about the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson you probably missed.

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Brexit Champion Nigel Farage Steps Down as Leader of U.K. Independence Party (Video)

The man who led the campaign for Great Britain’s exit from the European Union has exited from his position as leader of the U.K. Independence Party, saying he has fulfilled his political ambitions.

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The Right-Wing Populism That Drove Brexit Can Only Be Fought With a Genuinely Radical Alternative

The Reagan-Thatcher consensus will be replaced either by new visions of social progress or by new forms of racism and authoritarianism.

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Britain Stands at a Diplomatic Crossroads With Brexit Blues

The country has always had impulses to cooperate and to isolate. The referendum took a snapshot of opinion at an extreme moment of the pendulum swing. Now all Britons have to live with the result.

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Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

“What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

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‘Scotland Still Loves EU’: Must-See Photos From the Scots’ Massive Brexit Protests (Multimedia)

Protesters rallied outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday and last Friday after the European Union referendum showed that most Scots want to stay in. Meanwhile, Scottish politicians are trying to deliver on their people’s wishes.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Comments of the Week: On the Meaning of Brexit

A roundup of standout reader contributions to stories about the stunning U.K. power move, as well as observations on Hillary Clinton’s potential VP picks and the sit-in on Capitol Hill.

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Brexit Vote Means U.K. Is No Longer Bound to Meet EU Climate Targets

Following the vote to leave the European Union, Britain’s energy and climate change policy faces major changes—not least in relation to the nuclear power industry.

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Brexit’s Cautionary Tale for Trump Supporters

The gap between what the presumptive Republican nominee promises and what he can possibly deliver is even wider than in the United Kingdom’s European Union referendum.

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A Progressive American in London: My Thoughts on Brexit and the Revolt Against Jeremy Corbyn

After voting to leave the European Union, the U.K. needs serious discussions on a progressive way forward. For that, it needs Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party.

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