The green wave a good thing for a new Europe

The parliamentary elections in Europe have a surprise winner but it will take time for many, particularly in the U.S. Congress, to digest its impact. The new force in the European Union is that of the Greens, protagonists of an electoral triumph in Germany where they won more than 20 percent of the vote. This…

Things have to change in Europe but they may not

The European elections of May 26 are keeping many European citizens breathless but at the same time reality tells us that the voting will be a waste of breath. The epochal charge of the sovereign nationalistic forces that threaten Europe from its eastern gate will not disrupt the orderly democratic course of united Europe, no…

Budapest and the not-so-Blue Danube

Americans may not know much about Hungary except that in 1956 it was the scene of brutality that suffocated in blood the yearnings of the Hungarian people for freedom from the Soviet yoke. The greatest landmark in Hungary is the Parliament Building in Budapest, a huge structure in the Gothic Revival style, overlooking the Danube…

A political miracle: A woman president in Slovakia

I happened to be in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, just a couple of days before a political miracle. A 45-year old woman, Zuzana Caputova, a European-minded environmentalist, was elected president. She beat the candidate of the ruling party Smer-SD, Maros Sefcovic, the energy commissioner of the European Union. The significance of Caputova’s victory is…

La cittadella europea sotto assedio

Nel marasma di conflitti e tensioni che agitano il panorama internazionale, e’ giunto il momento di chiedersi quale sara’ il futuro della “cittadella europea”. Tutto lascia pensare che non sia un buon futuro, assediata come e’ da due potenze mondiali, la Cina – che attacca l’Europa per rafforzare un predominio commerciale nel mondo – e…

Riding the wave of condemnation

Riding the wave of condemnation of anti-Semitism, the Democratic Party has started a chain reaction of unintended consequences. The winner is the Republican Party, delighted that the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot, and the loser is Israel, whose untouchable status in the U.S. Congress has been seriously dented by the arrival of a…

The Estrada doctrine is obsolete

It is reasonable to suspect that neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence has even heard about the Estrada Doctrine, formally adopted by the United States and other nations in 1980. According to this doctrine, the recognition of a government must be based upon its de facto existence rather than its legitimacy. It was proclaimed…