The many shapes of culture war in Europe

Following the grisly attack against the staff of the satirical Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, all the talk in Europe is about the raging “culture war” between the Western and the Muslim worlds. Culture war is a term that is being abused not just in Europe but in the United States as well, although in the…

Momentous times for Europe, Germany permitting

Euro, the European currency, is under attack. Even in Italy, a country that had accepted being part of the euro system with a large majority of support, there are rumblings in favor of calling a national referendum on jettisoning the common currency and returning to the beloved but perennially weak lira. Attacking the euro has…

The Not So United States of Europe

Many Americans have become Euro skeptics. A more charitable description would be that they are puzzled by what they see in contemporary Europe. The threat of separation by Scotland from the United Kingdom has been lifted and not just the queen and the British government, but the European authorities themselves have heaved a great sigh…

In Europe, time to agree on course of solidarity

Surprise, surprise. Italy, the European nation that looked the sickest turned in the most balanced pro European result in the European parliamentary elections while France propelled a party, the way out rightist National Front. It spread an anti-European populist message and garnered an exceptional victory with 24.85 per cent of the votes. Its leader, Marine…

Waving the European Flag in Kiev is no solution

The young Ukrainians who overthrew the pro-Russian President Yanukovich and waived the flags of the European Union deserve better than the illusion of European help in lieu of concrete support. But the illusion is still there that tomorrow Ukraine will be admitted to the European Union and that this will solve all the problems of…