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What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust

The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE

Moscow and Kiev in ‘Positive Mood’ After Talks in Paris on Ending Ukraine Conflict

Russian and Ukrainian officials expressed cautious optimism following discussions in which Russia pushed for Ukraine to take back legal control of eastern territories.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees

As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

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

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Seeks Talks With Russia Over Syria as Putin Conducts Naval Maneuvers Off Tartous (Video)

Cypriot officials are reporting that Russia has asked them to alter airline routes this week because it is planning naval military maneuvers off the Syrian coast near its leased naval base, Tartous.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Refugees Are Desperate and Perplexed as Germany Suddenly Closes Borders

Hordes fleeing war-torn Syria and other lands are struggling to understand why German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praised as “Mama Merkel” for opening her country’s borders in early September, closed them again barely eight days later.

Posted on Sep 14, 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

VIDEO: German Lawmaker on Why Wars Led by the U.S. Are at the Root of the Refugee Crisis

Annette Groth, a member of the German Parliament, recently returned from a trip to Hungary, where she saw thousands of migrants stranded at the Budapest train station. “What is the root for this massive migration?” she asks “Democracy Now!” “It is war, it is terror, and it is the former U.S. government who is accountable for it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Rest of Europe Should Follow Germany’s Lead in the Refugee Crisis

Thousands of years of Europe’s history can be traced via the movements of refugees, but its governments appear to have forgotten these age-old lessons. Robert Fisk hopes we get it right this time.

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

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

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

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

Germany Rejects Facebook’s Real-Name Policy

Germany has taken on the global social media site by ruling that its real-name policy violates German citizens’ right to privacy.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Italian Politician: Italy Should Use Its ‘Enormous Debt’ as a Weapon Against Germany

Beppe Grillo, the comedian-turned-populist-leader of Italy’s second largest political party, has called for the nationalization of Italian banks and an exit from the euro.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Here’s How One German Artist Turned the Tables on the Surveillance State

In his project “Cached Landscapes,” Florian Freier uses a service we’re all familiar with to make an important statement about the ironies of spying in the digital age.

Posted on Jul 18, 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

VIDEO: Robert Scheer on American Power and Arrogance: ‘It’s a Toxic Cocktail’ (Part 10 of 10)

In the final installment of The Real News Network’s series of interviews on “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer explains how an infatuation with American culture and an ignorance of American history have led to unbelievable levels of brutality and destruction.

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

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

Tsipras, OXI, Vampires

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

If You Think What the EU Is Doing to Greece Is Bad, Look at What the U.S. Is Doing to Puerto Rico

The scenario playing out in Puerto Rico sure does feel like déjà vu, with one terrifying difference.

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

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

Green Energy Is Surging, and You’ll Never Guess Why

The adoption of wind and solar for electricity generation around the world is happening at a growing pace, and the likelihood is that it will displace hydrocarbons in 15 to 20 years (decades sooner than Big Coal, Big Oil and Big Gas expect).

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

Could the Possible Sale of Huffington Post to Right-Wing Company Affect Its Editorial Line?

Pro-war German media conglomerate Axel Springer, the “most serious” contender to buy the Huffington Post in the proposed sale of the magazine’s corporate parent, AOL, to Verizon, is notorious for inciting violence and hatred against leftists and Muslims.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Greens Call for Legalization of Gay Marriage in Germany

After Ireland adopted marriage equality in a historic referendum, members of Germany’s Green party have called for recognition of same-sex marriage in their country.

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Report Says German Intelligence Agency Helped U.S. Spy on France

The German interior minister is denying claims of a cover-up.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

Just How ‘Socially Advanced’ Is the U.S.? You Might Be Surprised

The Social Progress Index has published the latest global data on quality of life, and America’s “We’re No. 1” crowd isn’t left with much to shout about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Greeks Hold to Nazi-Era Claims Ahead of Prime Minister’s Visit to Berlin

Jewish leaders in Thessaloniki, Greece, are considering how to reclaim—with interest—fares that Nazi Germany made nearly 60,000 Jews pay to send themselves to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

In Germany, Dozens Wounded and Police Cars Set Afire in Anti-Austerity Protests

Thousands participated in anti-austerity “Blockupy” demonstrations that turned violent outside the opening of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin gave asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel there.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

German TV Sensationalized Greek Minister’s Flipped Bird, Says Cameraman

German media pounced this week on footage of Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis raising a middle finger for foreign debt managers during a presentation on his country’s debt crisis. The man who filmed the talk says the clip was taken out of context to divert public attention from the substance of the crisis.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE

‘Last Week Tonight’ Explains Why Daylight Saving Is Just Plain Stupid

On Sunday, the HBO show dedicated its “How is this still a thing?” segment to daylight saving. Let’s just say it’ll have you questioning (and laughing about) the outdated practice as you mourn your lack of sleep.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Sets Gender Quota in Boardrooms

Germany has committed to increasing the number of females on corporate boards, passing a law Friday that requires companies to give 30 percent of supervisory seats to women.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

Posted on Feb 24, 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

Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony

Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Syriza, would like to pretend that austerity and the euro are two different things. Apparently, he’s blissfully ignorant of the history of the euro. The horror of austerity is not the consequence of Greek profligacy: It was designed into the euro’s plan from the beginning.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

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