The migrant crisis is still a growing burden for Europe

  © Getty French President Emmanuel Macron’s government introduced a bill last week that would accelerate the expulsion of migrants who do not qualify for asylum and make illegal border crossings a criminal offense punishable by one year in jail and a fine. And Hungary … Read More

Germany, France urge Russia to pressure Syria for ‘immediate’ ceasefire

posted in: News, Russia

A man walks next to damaged buildings following air strikes today in the rebel-held town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta The German and French leaders have urged Russia to exert “maximum pressure” on Syria for an “immediate” implementation of a UN ceasefire … Read More

EU and Asia— a match made in heaven or hell?

SINCE Chancellor Angela Merkel has been recently bogged down by negotiations on forming a new governing coalition for Germany, the scene has been left clear for another European leader to take center stage – and, no, I do not mean … Read More

France: Migrant Crisis Spirals Out of Control

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb described the level of violence in Calais as “unprecedented.” He attributed the fighting to an escalating turf war between Afghan and Kurdish gangs seeking to gain control over human trafficking between Calais and Britain, which … Read More

Time for Germany to wake up from its political slumber

posted in: Germany, News

Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature that many Germans hold of themselves in their minds. Far from the aggressive bully of 20th-century war propaganda, the perfectionist engineer of Madison Avenue car advertisements or the rule-following know-it-all of … Read More

Netanyahu tells Macron to take Trump seriously, fix Iran deal

 French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris. (photo credit: PHILIPPE WOJAZER / REUTERS) PARIS – A day after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix “disastrous flaws” in a deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program, … Read More

The US should wish the EU a happier year

posted in: European Union, News

Geopolitical tensions across the European Union were cresting as 2017 came to a close. The most important global issue to watch in 2018 may be whether the year brings resolution and harmony — or further fracturing of the world’s largest … Read More

Political Uncertainty Lingers in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won the national election for the fourth time in September. However, she is yet to form a stable government in Berlin. Many people in Germany and other European countries feel that Germany is heading towards a … Read More

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