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Hollande Meets Merkel

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Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE


Nazi Sniper Tamed With a Trumpet

Americans hear a lot about the need to vanquish their supposed enemies abroad with bullets, bombs, and other tools of overwhelming force. Evidence that a common humanity can be called upon to settle differences is scarce in the media. Count this brief story from a World War II vet among the few exhibits submitted to that effect.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE


Hollande & Merkel

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Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Elections Could Shift EU Away From Austerity, but Should They?

The weekend elections in France and Greece seem widely to have been taken, at least on the European and American left, as a solution to the great European economic crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Reich Explains the ‘Austerity Trap’

“When you have high unemployment and a lot of underutilized capacity, the idea is you cut public budgets? That’s insane. Because that leads to a shrinking of the entire economy, when the real problem is … the ratio of debt to the size of the economy overall,” says the former Labor secretary. “If you shrink the economy, that ratio becomes worse and worse.”

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Gloom and Doom on the Global Job Front

In the wake of the 2008 crash and the widespread government-imposed austerity that followed, high levels of long-term and youth unemployment across the globe are in danger of becoming fixed, according to an annual report by the International Labor Organization.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE


Merkhollande

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Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Upcoming: A Film on Hannah Arendt

German film director Margarethe von Trotta is at work on a film about Hannah Arendt, the 20th century political philosopher who coined the phrase “banality of evil” while reporting on the trial of Nazi officer and Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


Euro Hot Air Balloon

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Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


The Euro Parthenon

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Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Is Europe Making a Comeback?

Once again, European leaders convened for a eurozone pep rally on Tuesday, meeting up in Brussels to see if their economic resuscitation efforts in recent months are paying off and if Greece will stop hogging all the attention anytime soon.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



A Unique Face of Evil

“Himmler was the complete opposite of a faceless functionary,” Peter Longerich writes in “Heinrich Himmler.” “The position he built up over the years can instead be described as an extreme example of the almost total personalization of political power.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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S&P Downgrades and Banks: Threats to Global Stability

The markets weren’t shocked by last week’s wave of pre-broadcast S&P sovereign debt downgrades. For months, the question wasn’t “if” but “when.” And true to form, just as with the U.S. downgrade, S&P’s reasoning skated the surface of prevailing wisdom.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany and France to the Rescue, Again

Now that the holiday season is over, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are back in crisis management mode, huddling in Berlin on Monday before emerging to hold a joint news conference on the future of the eurozone.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany’s Jobless Rate Drops to 20-Year Low

If only we could import a little bit of Germany right now—in a good way. Unlike many of its European neighbors, Germany is enjoying a bit of an economic boost in that its unemployment rate dropped to a record low for the month of December.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE


Three Wise Men

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Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Germany Dominates Europe Once Again

Germany, as we all know, is a problem—especially a disproportionately powerful and united Germany. (Update)

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Quarreling EU

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Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE


Time Is Up

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AP / Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Brussels Summit Will Not Avert Eurozone Crisis

At the close of an economic summit that appears to have failed to rescue Italy, Spain and more of Europe from sinking deeper into a mire of recession, Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott prefigures the collapse of the euro as a unifying currency of the European Union. (more)

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Sarkozy and Merkel: Never Again

As France and Germany have become the self-appointed leaders of the eurozone’s financial crisis recovery initiative, President Nicolas Sarkozy brought German Chancellor Angela Merkel in for a meeting in Paris, during which they decided, as Sarkozy said, “What has happened must never happen again.”

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Michael Probst

Sarkozy: It All Comes Down to France and Germany

In a speech Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confronted the economic quagmire otherwise known as the eurozone and declared that France and Germany would be the key players in Europe’s rehabilitation. Also important in Sarkozy’s scheme was the idea that stricter regulations would help ward off further catastrophe.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE


Discuss a Loan

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Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


Who’s Paying?

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Statue of Angela Merkel

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Siemens Drops Nuclear Power

The German conglomerate is getting out of the nuclear power business. Siemens built every one of Germany’s existing nuclear power plants, all of which were scheduled to be shuttered by 2022 following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE


European Union Life Raft

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Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE


Let Us Die Together

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German Economy Lags in Second Quarter

Germany’s economy slowed to a crawl during the second financial quarter this year, registering only 0.1 percent growth during that time and dampening the optimism that Germans felt after an exceptionally strong first quarter. (more)

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE


Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



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No More Nuclear Power for Germany by 2022

German lawmakers voted to shut down all 17 of the country’s nuclear reactors over the next 11 years and pursue a renewable energy portfolio that would account for one-third of its energy resources. (more)

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


Greece and EU Attempt to Avoid Disastrous Default

Athens in recent days has experienced continuing popular protest, sporadically violent, against the economic austerity program demanded of Greece by the IMF.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



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What’s Germany’s Secret?

In the decades immediately following World War II, U.S. wages steadily rose in step with productivity at a time when one-third of American workers belonged to labor unions. Today, union membership stands at 7% and wages are in decline, and conservatives are saying the two aren’t connected. (more)

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


Who’s Guilty?

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Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Grim Grocer

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Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE


Bacteria Mystery

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New, Killer Strain of E. Coli Crops Up in Europe

Here’s a reason to postpone travel plans to Germany: A new kind of E. coli bacterium has been discovered and has already killed 18 people and infected more than 1,500, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


Loss of Force

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Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Germany Puts an Expiration Date on Nuclear Power

Just two and a half months after Japan’s nuclear disaster kicked off a global rethink, Germany’s governing coalition has committed to closing down all of the country’s nuclear power plants by 2022. Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will replace nuclear, which ... (more)

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



Libyan Intervention Exposes European Disunity

The European intervention in Libya has provided a needed practical demonstration of the European states’ ability to influence world affairs, while at the same time discrediting the expectation that the European Union itself can or will conduct a united foreign and security policy.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



Love Among the Beasts

Reviewing Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” the author makes his case for “one good thing about the Nazis” and wagers that this romantic thriller of a memoir will hit it big.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


Unexpected Revelations in Libya Intervention

The always-implausible notion that the European Union could have a common foreign policy has been exploded.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


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Merkel Said to Berate Israeli PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly strongly rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone call between the two leaders, claiming that Netanyahu “hasn’t made a single step to advance peace.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

The Arizona Shooting, as Seen From Europe

The Christian Science Monitor took a brief survey Monday of the coverage of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting from across the Atlantic, browsing British, French, German and Dutch publications to see how the violence and its aftermath registered from their points of view.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Russia to West: Lay off the Khodorkovsky Case

The Russian government would like certain of its Western counterparts, particularly Germany and the U.S., to know that their critiques of the Russian justice system’s approach to the trial of sometime Putin antagonist and oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky are unwelcome at this time.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


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