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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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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



Asia Moves Into the Forefront of Solar Revolution

China has now overtaken the European Union as the largest new market for solar power as the industry becomes one of the fastest growing in the world.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Yanis Varoufakis

The Syriza finance minister confirmed his party’s intentions to fight EU oppression by refusing to negotiate with representatives of Greece’s “hated troika of lenders.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



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Masses ‘March for Change’ With Spain’s Left to Voice Discontent Over Corrupt Politics (Video)

On the heels of leftist Syriza’s victory in Greece, Spain’s own left party Podemos garnered outstanding support at a Madrid rally attended by tens of thousands Saturday.

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Greeks Respond to Syriza’s Election Victory

Voters across Athens, from Golden Dawn diehards to pragmatic communists, shared their thoughts and feelings as Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party swept to victory in Sunday’s elections.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Greece’s Solidarity Movement: ‘A Whole New Model—and It’s Working’

There are accounts of Greeks pulling together to support themselves and each other ahead of an election that polls predict will result in a leadership firmly opposed to austerity policies imposed by the European Union.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



President Hollande: Anti-Muslimism Is as Bad as Anti-Semitism

French President Francois Hollande addressed the Institute of the Arab World on Friday, in a bid to reassure French Muslims, who fear being the victims of a collective guilt campaign or reprisals after the attack of radicals on Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



Top 7 Things to Know About the Belgian Anti-Terror Op That Left 2 Dead

Belgian police launched a counter-terrorism operation on Thursday in the eastern city of Verviers near the German border.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

The Greeks have been threatened by the European financial troika with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday” if they “vote wrong” in an upcoming presidential election that looks likely to favor the EU-skeptic, anti-austerity, leftist Syriza party. But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE



Did Iran Win 2014? Top 6 Iran Developments This Year

In 2014, Iran made news on a number of important fronts.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



Putin, Blocked by Europe, Turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy interference in Ukraine have had a significant consequence for Russia’s hydrocarbon industry.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’

A New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel depicts a shrewd politician cut to the shape of leadership in our age: bland, personally reserved and entirely uninterested in challenging the prevailing neoliberal order.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



Is an Official Independence Referendum for Catalonia ‘Inevitable’?

Over a third of Catalonia’s electorate voted in an “informal independence consultation” Sunday, prompting a Guardian editor to predict that it’s just a matter of time before the region is granted an official referendum to vote on its independence from Spain.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


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EU Plans Power Supergrid to Boost Renewables

The European Union, nervous about Russia cutting off gas supplies and keen to cut emissions by developing renewable energy sources, aims to link all its 28 member states to one electricity grid.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t

The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the U.K. failed to derail an agreement.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



Will the Republic of Ireland Follow in Sweden’s Footsteps and Recognize Palestine?

After Sweden recognized Palestine, the Irish government began considering doing so.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Provides State Support for Nuclear Power

The controversial decision that Europe will allow state subsidies for nuclear power is likely to face a legal challenge by opponents who believe it will kill off the market for renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Immortalized in Herculean Fan Art

Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly knows his best angles and how to play to the camera, and he’s staged many spectacles that stretch the outer limits of credulity in a series of memorable photo-ops since the global spotlight was first trained on him.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Calls Russia’s Activity in Ukraine a ‘Brazen Assault’

Speaking in Estonia two days before huddling with NATO officials in Wales to discuss the simmering conflict with Russia over Ukraine, Barack Obama characterized the crisis as a “moment of testing” for NATO.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Putin and Poroshenko Agree on a ‘Cease-Fire Process’ for East Ukraine

The Kremlin stated Wednesday that although Russia “is not party” to the ongoing battles in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko “coincided significantly” on ways to “settle the conflict” during a morning phone conversation.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Warming Raises Tropical Disease Risk

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, British researchers warn that the risk of the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases that kill many thousands of people every year in tropical regions is increasing.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE


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