EU survives dramatic test

Americans should welcome the election of Emmanuel Macron to the presidency of France, not only because he succeeded in arresting the crushing wave of populism in France but for the astonishing feat that he performed in passing himself off to the French electorate as the alternative to the strongly entrenched political system. This is indeed…

Times fraught with heavy worries in EU, U.S.

The European Union is celebrating 60¬†years and the treaties signed in Rome on March 25 with the shared duty of facing the new challenges: in short, to respond to the social crises in its member countries, to calm the pervasive fears of its peoples, to face the threats to their security and to give new…

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…

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…