Arise King Boris, Father of Brexit and Foe of Brussels

December 17, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given Jeremy Corbyn a good old-fashioned thumping. The Conservatives won 365 seats out of 650 in Parliament, gaining 47. They smashed the “red wall” of solid Labour seats in northern England. The Johnson-led Conservatives achieved the highest vote swing...

The American Dog in the NATO Fight

July 18, 2018

Whatever pundits might have said, the recent NATO summit in Brussels has not ushered in a new era for the alliance. Shaken by US President Donald Trump’s statements, ranging from accusing America’s European allies of free-riding their NATO membership to alleging Germany’s dependency on...

We Won’t Be Mourning NATO Any Time Soon

July 12, 2018

Whatever Donald Trump says or does in Brussels, it will not be the end of NATO. As the NATO summit in Brussels started its second day in disarray, what used to be an eventless and business-as-usual reconfirmation of unity and strength of the Atlantic alliance has turned into a power play between...

The World This Week: Italian Referendum Puts Banks and Brussels in Focus

December 11, 2016

Italians voted against constitutional reforms to protect their imperfect democracy. They now have to deal with a banking crisis that threatens the EU itself. This week, Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, beat Norbert Hofer of the far right in the Austrian presidential...