Not a good outlook for Trumpism or Clintonism

It has already started. The very columnist of the Washington Post who throughout the primary campaign lambasted Bernie Sanders as a grouchy old man with “pie in the sky ideas” and no chance to be elected is now claiming that the “socialist”candidate for the Democratic nomination will prove his worth by strongly supporting Hillary Clinton in the November…

Would EU be better off without Brits?

A great question mark hangs over Europe these days: would Europe be better off if Brexit were to happen next June? Or, to put it another way, would both Europe and Britain be better off if the British electorate were to go for Brexit and divorce from the European Union? I believe that the answer…

U.S. elections worry Europeans

Only now are Europeans paying attention to the American electoral show and by the looks of their comments they are not entertained. In particular, they are watching with increased dismay the antics of the leading Republican candidate for the nomination, Donald Trump, and the exchange of insults that is now a feature of the acrimonious…

An extraordinary election year

Electability. This is the mantra that exudes from the increasingly bitter contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, a mano a mano battle that is quite likely to go on until at least the end of March. Between the two, Sen. Sanders is the one who challenges the traditional definition of “electable.”  Starting with his…

The Stormy Politics of Europe

Americans may not be aware of it, bombarded as they are in the trial by fire that is the interminable American presidential election, but something very disruptive is happening in Europe, where the migrant crisis has set in motion the galloping populism and the resurgent nationalism that threaten the laboriously built edifice of the European…

Europeans watching U.S. race for President

Europeans, who are by far the foreigners most interested in American elections, are anxiously asking themselves: is a self-proclaimed socialist electable in the premier capitalist nation in the world? One would think that the answer would be a resounding “yes, why not?” And yet the conservative voters in Europe, who are still a thin majority,…

The new face of Europe

The “Schengen Fortress.” This is the moniker that is being given to the new face of Europe brought about by the Islamist terror. Schengen is familiar to those Americans traveling to Europe as the border arrangement that allows them to travel freely almost everywhere on the old continent once a legal entry is made into…