Category: Europe

Ramstein

Investigating America’s influence on German politics

Today, America’s largest permanent military operation outside the US is in Germany. The American government uses Ramstein as a base for its controversial drone operations. Local citizens, who question the legitimacy of the arrangement, discover they have no say in what some foreign powers can do in their own country

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Merkel’s Legacy

The departing German chancellor leaves her country with a fractured domestic political scene and myriad intractable social challenges, the EU as weak as it has ever been, and grave international crises no closer to resolution.

Denmark Free Speech

Something’s Rotten In The State Of Denmark

Danish lawmakers have gone on the offensive against interference in public debate, sparking criticism that a new proposal, which could entail criminal liability for expressing opinions similar to those of Moscow, may become a step toward silencing public debate.

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Le Pen: The EU is not Europe… it is not the Europe we want

France’s Marine Le Pen wants to break away from the European Union and move towards a union of individual nations, saying that the current block is “an ideological structure” and not “real Europe.”
“The European Union is not Europe… it is not the real Europe that we want,” the president of France’s National Rally (formerly Front National) told her supporters in the southern town of Frejus on Sunday.

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Spaghetti Democracy

Italian President Sergio Mattarella, dancing to the tune of the EU, has appointed IMF official Carlo Cottarelli as the interim prime minister tasked with forming a new government, undermining the result of the elections.

Antonio Masiello/Getty Images Luigi Di Maio, Leader of Five Star Movement (M5S) arrives in parliament after a new day of meetings for the formation of the new government on May 10, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Italy on Collision Course with EU

After 11 weeks of negotiations, the populist parties that triumphed in March’s Italian elections have agreed on who should be Italy’s new prime minister: Giuseppe Conte, a 53-year-old law professor with no previous political experience and little political conviction.

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