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Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

Observations of an Expat: Macronian Clouds on the Horizon

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms All Hail Macron! All Hail Macron! The new French President is the latest international political darling, man of the hour and flavour of—well at least a month.

Merkel and Macron agree to draw up roadmap to deeper EU integration

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Michel Rose German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Monday to draw up a roadmap to deeper European Union integration and opened the door to changing the bloc’s treaties to facilitate ambitious reform.

Macron wins French Election but is that good or bad news for British Brexiteers?

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Mr Macron has had a decisive victory in winning the French election. Marine Le Pen has also reminded everyone that she remains the official opposition Party.

Merkel’s conservatives win Saarland vote in boost for national campaign

Ralph Orlowski/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Hakan Erdem German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social Democrat rivals and boosting her prospects of winning a fourth term in September’s national election.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

Dutch PM Rutte on course for big victory over far-right Wilders

Yves Herman/Reuters   By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling The Netherlands’ centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on course for a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism.

The D-Day commemoration is not a symbol of endless US militarism

AFP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Every year, on June 6, commemorative activities and memorials are held for the anniversary of the Normandy landings, popularised by the slogan D-Day.

Dutch poll test of anti-immigrant feeling, Turkish dispute

Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters   By Philip Blenkinsop The Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday in an election seen as a test of anti-immigrant and nationalist feeling magnified by a deepening dispute with Turkey.

Germany’s ‘man of the streets’ Schulz plots path to defeat Merkel

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters   By Paul Carrel and Holger Hansen His only experience of governing in Germany is as a town mayor. She is Europe’s most powerful leader. Yet Martin Schulz wants to end Angela Merkel’s 11-year run as chancellor and fundamentally shift Germany’s role in Europe. He might just pull it off.

Still unbeatable? Truck attack shows Merkel’s vulnerability

Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters   By Noah Barkin For months, Germany’s Angela Merkel has looked like the one safe bet in European politics. As Britain’s David Cameron, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and France’s Francois Hollande all succumbed to the scorn of angry voters, the German chancellor promised to fight for a fourth term and seemed destined to win […]

EU globalisation fears most acute in Austria and France

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters   By Noah Barkin Fear of globalisation is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]

Observations of an Expat: Pax Americana—The End

AP photo   By Tom Arms It is the beginning of the end of Pax Americana. For 71 years the world has sheltered under the wings of the American eagle. The result has been one of the longest periods of prolonged peace, prosperity and political advancement in world history.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Vladimir Putin’s MENA

Joseph Eid/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Russian Federation is no longer the superpower as that term was defined post-World War II. After the illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressions in Ukraine, the West suspended Russia’s G8 membership and imposed vast economic sanctions devastating the ruble. By most accounts this left Russia a […]

Kenya’s political ‘titanic battle’ only a year away

By Joe Khamisi After the weekend of political jamborees, defections, financial wastages, hyperboles, and sideshows, the race for the 2017 general elections in Kenya has begun in earnest.

A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Frank Augstein/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and […]

Why Vladimir Putin Favours Hillary Clinton in the American Presidential Campaign

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner While the Trump campaign has vociferously applauded the Kremlin and its alleged support, the reality is that the joke is on Donald Trump. The other reality is that Moscow would much prefer to deal Secretary Clinton as president.

Unveiling the Olympic coverage in Rio

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters   By Ahmed Tharwat The contrasting images of the fully clothed Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team playing the scantily clad German team was at the forefront of the media’s coverage as well as the internet during the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Observations of an Expat: Erdogan and Putin cosy up

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.

Healing America’s Racial Divide

By Cynthia M. Lardner Deep-seated hatreds, prejudices and inequities as to African-Americans have divided America since the days of slavery. The United States has never accepted responsibility and atoned for the vestiges of slavery, with prejudice and the disparate treatment of African Americans continuing to this very day despite civil rights legislation dating back to […]

To Gre-main or not to Gre-main: Avoiding the Grexit

By Anant Mishra Introduction Greece is caught up in a major financial crisis leaving the financial experts bewildered on the Gre-exit. Now, in its sixth year of crisis economists are focussing on Greece. More importantly, since the beginning Greece failed to maintain a stable deficit as it continued to repay the financial debt, deepening their […]

Brexit vote, UK political confusion keep world markets on edge

Reuters   By Kylie MacLellan and Anirban Nag Britain’s vote to leave the European Union continued to reverberate through financial markets, with the pound falling to its lowest level in 31 years, despite government attempts to relieve some of the confusion about the political and economic outlook.

British EU vote unnerves world leaders and markets

Toby Melville/Reuters   By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard Britain plunged deeper into political crisis on Sunday after its vote to leave the European Union last Thursday, leaving world officials and financial markets confused about how to handle the political and economic fallout.

Reflections on Anzac Day: Respect the dead, heal the wounded, end all imperialist wars

By Rupen Savoulian April 25, 2015 marked exactly one hundred years of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) offensive against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish empire at Gallipoli. There were many moving, and emotional commemorative activities on the day, as Australians like myself remembered those who fell in what was an ultimately […]

Inside the Mind of Vladimir Putin

Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik   By Cynthia M. Lardner   Introduction   The Russian Federation, when examined as the antagonist, views itself as having been left disconnected from post-World War Two Europe. Russia believes itself to be irrevocably tied to Europe dating back to the Byzantine Era. When the Cold War ended Russia expected to […]

Netanyahu’s poisonous nonsense about World War Two

By Rupen Savoulian In October 2015, at the meeting of the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an extraordinary claim about the genocide of the Jews during World War Two; killing the Jewish population of Europe was not the idea of Hitler and the Nazi Party, but was originally espoused […]

The European Union – building lethal walls

By Rupen Savoulian The scandal is not the mass migration of refugees into Europe – the scandal is how the European Union is treating them.

Observations of an Expat: The bad taste diplomatic row

REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz   By Tom Arms Germany is in the throes of a bad taste debate. Actually it is a real live, honest to God freedom of speech row with potentially far-reaching international repercussions. But the spark that lit this bonfire was an extreme case of extremely bad taste.