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Austerity and Demoralisation

Austerity and  Demoralisation

The high unemployment that we have today in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere is a tragedy, not just because of the aggregate output loss that it entails, but also because of the personal and emotional cost to the unemployed of not being a part of working society. Austerity, according to some of its promoters, […]

Europe’s Troubled Cousin

Europe’s Troubled Cousin

For Europeans, Turkey is a conundrum. Why can’t Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan just be reasonable about the protests about Gezi Park? The question seems to be on everybody’s mind, yet European leaders continue to speak softly, as if not to awaken the beast. There have been a few critical remarks here and there, as […]

Letters to the Editor: March 2013

To the Editor In urging the British Prime Minister to rethink his position on Europe, Joschka Fischer (“Eclipse of British Reason”, TVR February 2013) advises David Cameron to re-read Winston Churchill’s 1946 speech at the University of Zurich. He quotes approvingly Churchill’s words “We must build a kind of United States of Europe.” Revealingly, Fischer […]

EU-Parliamentarians: It’s Time to Vote ‘No’!

EU-Parliamentarians: It’s Time to Vote ‘No’!

  It’s time the European Parliamentarians finally take a stand against their national leaders. This was the advice of Helmut Schmidt, otherwise no fan of commotion and coups d’état, to the social democratic MEPs in Brussels in early December, in a moving appearance with Jacques Delors. If the members could vote down the miserly EU-budget, […]

Collateral Damage of the EU Rescue

Collateral Damage of the EU Rescue

The eurozone is now in its sixth year of crisis – and of efforts by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the international community to end it. Policymakers are becoming ensnared in a creeping interventionism that, as British Prime Minister David Cameron has put it, may alter the eurozone “beyond recognition” and violates Europe’s basic […]

Eclipse of British Reason

Eclipse of British Reason

When placed under too much strain, chains tend to break at the weakest link. Figuratively speaking, the same applies to the European Union. So most assumed that any process of EU disintegration would start in the crisis-ridden European south (Greece first and foremost). But, as British Prime Minister David Cameron has now demonstrated, the European […]

United Kingdom Adrift

“Frankly the deal on the table was just not good enough. It wasn’t good enough for Britain, nor was it good enough for a number of other countries.” British Prime Minister David Cameron left no doubt on 26 Nov. how he would like to redefine the U.K.’s relationship with Europe, taking a hard stance against […]

Short-Sighted On EU Expansion

Short-Sighted On EU Expansion

A grim Norbert Lammert, president of the German Bundestag, frowns narrowly from Der Spiegel’s online edition into a point somewhere in mid-distance. The headline: “Lammert Proposes to Suspend EU Enlargement.” The EU has “to take the latest report very seriously,” he said on 13 October. “Croatia is obviously not ready for EU membership… I don’t […]

Greek Immigration

Greek Immigration

After 14 consecutive years of economic growth, Greece went into recession in 2008. Now Greece faces its fifth straight year of recession with more than one in five workers unemployed. For 15 to 24-year-olds, youth unemployment is sitting at a frightening 52.7%. Even more worrisome, is the resultant outward-bound flow of Greeks in search of […]

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