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…

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…

The Estrada doctrine is obsolete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…

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…

Billions Down the Drain

Something has got to give in the Mexican standoff between President Trump and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives. Chances are that sooner or later, some money will be appropriated, a few billion dollars rather than the full amount that the president is trying to exact while he holds hundred of thousand of…

The Loneliness of Macron

There was a time when political crises in the liberal democracies originated among the elites that were the only stakeholders of power. Since then, things have changed in a tumultuous fashion as crisis is no longer internal but proceeds directly from the people with the elites unable to control it. France is a dramatic example…