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The Vote That Could Wreck The European Union

It has been many years since France last had a revolution, or even a serious attempt at reform. Stagnation, both political and economic, has been the hallmark of a country where little has changed for decades, even as power has rotated between the established parties of left and right. Until now. This year’s presidential election, the most exciting in living memory, promises an upheaval.

Read Here – The Economist

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Merkel Must Change To Meet Germany’s Challenges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

The New Star Of Germany’s Far Right

Populist parties have been flourishing across Europe, and are already in power in Hungary and Poland, but a far-right resurgence in Germany is uniquely alarming, both because of its history—the postwar constitution was designed to curb populist influence—and because of its dominant position on the continent.

Read Here – The New Yorker

Number Of Refugees To Europe Surges To New Record In 2015

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A record 1.3 million migrants applied for asylum in the 28 member states of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in 2015 – nearly double the previous high water mark of roughly 700,000 that was set in 1992 after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Read Here – Pew Research Center

When Religion Is Taken Hostage

The situation in Turkey brings a question back to the center for consideration: are Islam and Liberal Democracy compatible? For those who answer yes, the country in Asia Minor has long been a shining example that both these schools of thought and ways of life can coexist. But such an answer was muddled when the Republic’s founder Atatürk had the intention to push Islam as far as possible out of the public sphere and individual private life.

Read Here – The European

Angela Merkel’s Open Door Has Left Her Fighting For Survival

A deep collective angst has taken Germany over ever since Angela Merkel decided to open the borders to over a million refugees last summer. The fervent optimism of the “refugees welcome” movement has long since faded, and now people are scared.

Read Here – The Telegraph

Could Market Economy Status For China Spell Disaster For Europe?

China gaining market economy status is a cause for concern within the EU. Ultimately, though, it is for Europe and its WTO partners to ensure that this status comes as part of a negotiated deal to protect against unfair dumping practices.

Read Here – EuropeanCEO

Brexit Shatters The West’s Political Consensus

Right now a political tidal wave is rising in the West, an inchoate deluge driven by years of failed centralization and economic policy, one that threatens to drown traditional parties and submerge political establishments. There is no stopping this storm; the challenge of our time is to ensure that it forces productive change, that it washes away outdated immigration frameworks and superfluous bureaucracies, and not the bulwarks of liberalism that have made the West great.

Read Here – The National Interest

What Good Is A United Europe To America?

With less than a month until British citizens vote on whether the U.K. should stay in or leave the European Union, Americans could be forgiven for being preoccupied with their own political dramas. Still, President Obama conspicuously weighed in on the British debate in April, writing in The Daily Telegraph “with the candour of a friend” that the vote’s outcome would be “of deep interest to the United States.”

Read Here – The Atlantic

“No To Everything”

As the European Union begins to disintegrate, who can provide the leadership to save it? German Chancellor Angela Merkel is widely credited with finally answering Henry Kissinger’s famous question about the Western alliance: “What is the phone number for Europe?” But if Europe’s phone number has a German dialling code, it goes through to an automated answer: “Nein zu Allem.”

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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