Tag - europe



Sep 9, 2014
Which countries will NATO protect from Putin?
There is logic to the U.S. and EU response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Soviet revanchism that even Putin appears to accept, if not acknowledge. It is that European countries have been divided into three levels of NATO 'protection.'
Sep 5, 2014
Europe led by a country that doesn't want the job
Europe's stagnant economy and the crisis in Ukraine point to gross failures of leadership. Europe's de facto and reluctant leader — Germany — is especially to blame.
WORLD / Society
Aug 28, 2014
Residents see Europe as best for gays and lesbians, Africa worst: poll
Most people in European nations say their community is a welcoming place for gays and lesbians, according to a poll released on Wednesday that also showed many in African countries see their homelands as hostile to homosexuals.
Japan Times
Aug 26, 2014
When Europe slowly surrenders to intolerance
One unfortunate truth to emerge about the nature of the global anti-Israel movement this summer is that many protesters are challenging Israel's very right to exist, not its policies in the territories that it came to occupy in 1967.
Aug 14, 2014
Eurozone growth grinds to a halt
The eurozone's economy unexpectedly stalled in the second quarter of the year, dragged down by shrinking growth in Germany and stagnant France, ringing alarm bells about the health of the bloc's economy as it braces for impact of sanctions against Russia.
Aug 12, 2014
The less Muslims and Jews know each other, the more hatred grows
The memory of Jews has been rubbed out through much of an Arab world that has become less cosmopolitan in the past half-century. So when an imam calls for 'death to Jews' these days, it is a call most easily pronounced by those who know nothing of those they wish to see dead.
WORLD / Society
Aug 7, 2014
Wikipedia fights back against Europe's 'right to be forgotten'
Wikipedia fought back against Europe's "right to be forgotten" by listing the online encyclopaedia's articles removed from search results, snubbing a court ruling that allows people to stop personal information appearing under Internet searches.
Jul 11, 2014
If only the U.S. had stayed out of WWI
Did U.S. intervention in the latter stage of World War I end up in just prolonging the European slaughter? David A. Stockman, first-term budget director for President Ronald Reagan, says it did as well as trigger a cascade of offenses later on in the 20th century.
Jul 1, 2014
Escaping Moscow's bear hug in Eastern Europe
Three former Soviet republics — Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine — have now signed association agreements with the EU, but it would be naive to think that Russia will give up easily on influencing their geopolitical decisions.
Jun 21, 2014
EU should embrace Albania's pot industry
If Brussels considered legalizing marijuana throughout the EU, then Albania, with its well-developed cannabis industry, could be welcomed to the union as a country with a legitimate, honorable specialization.
Jun 13, 2014
Europe needs greater unity in multipolar world
One aspect of the Ukraine crisis that both Russia and the West need to understand is that the rest of the world appears to be relatively unconcerned about it.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2014
World Cup 2014 views from Tokyo: South Korea, France, the Netherlands and Spain
A South Korean sales rep, two Dutch Embassy workers, a French consultant and a Spanish ventriloquist discuss their teams' chances in the World Cup.
Jun 3, 2014
Sex and drugs to be counted in Europe's GDP
In the next few months all EU countries that do not already include illegal and gray-market businesses in their gross domestic product calculations will have to do so. After all, there is no substantive difference between the services of a prostitute and a corrupt bureaucrat.
May 23, 2014
How Putin won big in Chinese natural gas deal
Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved what Western leaders feared — a long-term deal to supply natural gas to China at a respectable price. But Russia could end up China's satellite if it does not at least partially rebuild a relationship with the West.
May 23, 2014
A right-wing shock for Europe?
A new European Parliament will be elected this weekend on the heels of French poll that says fewer than 40 percent of France's citizens think the European Union is a good thing.
May 19, 2014
Europe's economic Iron Curtain
Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall fell, a just-released set of gloomy economic forecasts demonstrate how the countries formerly under Moscow's sway are still painfully connected to Russia and to one another.
May 8, 2014
First lady accents tour with side trips
Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made several diplomatic visits while accompanying her husband on his six-nation swing through Europe ending Thursday, government officials said.
Japan Times
May 3, 2014
Japan, EU to hold cyberspace talks
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders will agree at a summit in Brussels on May 7 to launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity, according to a draft of a statement that is expected to be issued after the meeting.
Apr 29, 2014
Reverberations of the Ukraine crisis
Having annexed Crimea, Russia has lost Ukraine, turning it from friend to foe. There can be no return to business as usual anytime soon.
Apr 22, 2014
Europe lacks leadership over Ukraine
The sad truth about February's revolution in Kiev is that the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych ended the regime of one-clan dominance, but not the oligarchical system of governance that underpinned it.


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