Feb 14, 2014

Swiss voters send EU a message on immigration

by William Pfaff

Conventional debate in Europe has interpreted increased anti-immigrant sentiment as the result of xenophobia, racism and a new sympathy for the authoritarian far right. Analysis does not bear this out in the case of Switzerland and its narrow majority vote against "massive immigration."

Nov 28, 2013

The Ukraine tug of war

Russian President Vladimir Putin has won an important foreign policy victory with the decision by Ukraine to suspend talks on an association agreement with the European Union.

Oct 7, 2013

EC chief pens second haiku tome

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy proudly presented his second volume of haiku at the Japanese ambassador’s residence last week. Published three years after his first volume, “Haiku 2″ is not only accompanied by drawings but also Japanese translations of the original Dutch verses. ...

Jun 25, 2013

EU talks start with nontariff barriers

Japan and the European Union began their second round of free-trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo, with both sides seeking to discuss elimination of tariffs and nontariff barriers to promote trade and growth. While the first round of talks in Brussels in April was mostly ...

EU-U.S. trade deal faces raft of challenges

| May 15, 2013

EU-U.S. trade deal faces raft of challenges

Supporters of a U.S.-European free-trade deal have begun damping expectations about its immediate benefits amid a series of emerging disputes that could complicate the creation of the world’s largest trade zone. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met Monday and affirmed ...

Slovenia may fail to avoid bailout despite austerity plan

May 15, 2013

Slovenia may fail to avoid bailout despite austerity plan

The European Union’s top economic official warned Monday that Slovenia may not have done enough to escape becoming the eurozone’s sixth bailout case. Speaking after talks among eurozone finance ministers in Brussels, EU Economy and Euro Commissioner Olli Rehn said a decision on the ...