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Greece has made a habit of feuding with its neighbors and flouting the European Union’s rules. Yet a peculiar double standard seems to apply to the country. Unfortunately, Europe’s toleration of Greek misbehavior will only prolong the suffering of its people from corruption and poor governance.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Turkey is a regional power, a direct neighbor of
Middle Eastern states and their historic trading and political partner. The
West continues to ignore its national interests only at the risk of its own
The coalition agreement between the CDU-CSU and the SPD in Germany is the result of broken promises and abandoned principles. If the government comes about, its policies will be tilted even further to the left. The only tangible result will be more government spending. Germany is facing a crisis of leadership, and the only way to solve it is through new elections or a series of “coups d’etat” within the established parties.
As an inevitable consequence of free enterprise, inequality is a phenomenon
that naturally fluctuates over time and poses no real threat to society. It is
the governments’ attempts to bring equality through dense regulation and wealth
transfers that put at risk the West’s development and democracy.
The European Union is raising the alarm about foreign-inspired fake news. If it truly wants to do something about disinformation, the best place to start would be to communicate honestly with its own citizens.
The January 2018 government shutdown in Washington has been triggered for purely political aims by the U.S. Congress. Abuses of budgetary governance systems have become common in the West, facilitating dangerous overspending.
Every state above a certain size needs armed forces to defend itself. Methods for their use vary, ranging from the Swiss model of territorial defense to the blue-water navies, foreign alliances and overseas bases deployed by superpowers. The one common element – essential to any sort of effective deterrence – is the political will to fight.
Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats were the biggest losers of September’s federal elections, and yet they are about to form a coalition government. This bodes ill for the country and for Europe, as both parties have consistently chosen the road of expediency and populism, rather than addressing the country’s or the continent’s real problems. It has all the ingredients to break Europe’s fragile cohesion.
An uneasy truce between the major powers in the Middle East has come to an end with the defeat of Islamic State. Don't expect Iran's internal problems to provide a respite.
Maghreb & the Middle East
Today’s ruling elites of Europe have renounced its
new political movements as “nationalist” and “populist,” and accuse some member
states of no longer following democratic principles. In reality, though, it is
Brussels’ overreaching ambitions that bring up the specter of autocratic rule