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Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

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In Chile, where the average monthly minimum wage income falls $100 short of college tuition costs, students are continuing their winter of kiss-ins, marches and hunger strikes against private, for-profit education and demanding affordable state-run schools. (more)

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Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are making the same blind, stupid, ideological error: trying to rescue faltering economies with spending cuts. It doesn't work, as John Maynard Keynes explained decades ago. (more)

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When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Party -- which once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible -- wither and atrophy?When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater?

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As French President Nicolas Sarkozy tries to push through a reform plan to increase the retirement age, protests and strikes have wreaked havoc on the country and sent Sarkozy's approval rating into a tailspin.

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