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Friends with Benefits

“Have you met us?” Jon Stewart, host of the satirical American TV-show, The Daily Show, asked the rest of the world. “Meddling in your affairs for our national self-interest is kind of our thing.” Recent revelations have further damaged U.S. credibility among its allies, as broad-sweep surveillance operations on foreign nationals and world leaders are […]

Ask the People

At 8:00, on 1 October – in spite of a U.S. government shutdown triggered by congressional Republicans’ resistance to Obamacare – the New York State Healthcare Exchange opened for business. It had about two million visits in its first 90 minutes. Healthcare.gov is a federal portal through which most states can search for affordable health […]

U.S. Voters and Global Supporters Meet for Obama

U.S. Voters and Global Supporters Meet for Obama

Swingin’ For Obama, a special evening of musical fundraising in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election, will take place at The Metropol on Tuesday 18 September. A plethora of musical artists from across the pond, including Carole Alston, Eddie Cole and Joey Green will play hits from across the spectrum of Americana musical styles. […]

Literary Events: Mar. 2012

Literary Events: Mar. 2012

OBAMERIKA “Yes we can” is what Barack Obama promised to the electorate. Little is left from this enthusiasm, which captivated the United States at the beginning of Obama’s presidency. A country struck by the economic crisis, hugely indebted, with broken roads and wretched schools. Wolfgang Geier, correspondent for the Austrian public broadcaster ORF in Washington […]

European Conservatives Ponder U.S. Elections

For several weeks before the recent U.S. election, there was much nervous speculation among Europeans as they watched the fluctuations of the poll numbers.  Now that the results are in, Europeans are perplexed by this turn back toward the politics of the Bush-Cheney era. Like the rest of the world, Europe cheered the election of […]

The G20: Is There Still Common Ground?

In the lead up to the Group of 20 Summit in South Korea this November, a global economy caught between recovery and stagnation seemed to be fostering a new type of indecision. The momentum behind policy coordination and consensus that characterized the G20’s first meetings was giving way to power struggles. As the heads of […]

Eacho on Obama’s First Year

The most heralded U.S. leader in decades has completed his first year in office – and many have been put to the task of assessing his progress; indeed, to offer an appraisal of the “change” that has been delivered so far. U.S. Ambassador William Eacho did exactly that in a speech to students and faculty […]

The Velvet Delusion

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the relatively non-violent overthrow of communism throughout Central and Eastern Europe, optimists predicted a new golden age of a world filled with peaceful democracies. History, for some, seemed to have come to an end. But the optimists have proved to be misguided, as the world’s […]

The Future of US & Europe

For many reasons, this is a good moment to reflect on the present state of transatlantic relations. Every day there is exciting as well as disturbing news from the other side of the pond. And here in Europe, a new leadership of the European Union will emerge, as Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will start […]

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