The US among strange bedfellows in Europe

Strange things are happening in “Old Europe,” as Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld famously called it in 2003. At that time, transatlantic differences were over Iraq, when two major members of “Old Europe” condemned the war against Saddam Hussein that was destined to open a disastrous Pandora’s box in the Middle East. Now, once again, the…

Merkel is right about helping immigrants

The most significant statement uttered by a European leader after the latest jihadist slaughter of innocent civilians in a Berlin Christmas market was made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel when she said: “We will continue to support those persons who are asking to integrate in our country.” It takes courage to overcome the strong emotions…

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…