Why Does the Radical Right Oppose European Integration?

September 16, 2021

Right-wing opposition to the European Union, rooted in the perception that integration and all kinds of international cooperation are a threat to the nation-state and its sovereignty, is evident and self-explanatory. Excessive protectiveness of national interests lies at the heart of far-right...

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging

April 01, 2021

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European single market on January 1 has sent trade in goods plummeting amid much confusion. By contrast, Brexit was carried out in an orderly manner in the financial sector, despite significant movement of trading...

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

September 16, 2020

The Guardian offered its readers what is certainly the most comic and hyperreal sentence of the week when it reported that “Boris Johnson accused the EU of preparing to go to ‘extreme and unreasonable lengths’ in Brexit talks as he defended breaching international law amid a mounting...

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

June 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 disease began to spread in Europe, France and Germany prohibited the export of medical equipment, while Italy asked in vain for supplies of protective equipment under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Neither the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) nor the...

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans Need to Step Up

May 25, 2020

In the coming weeks, crucial decisions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are likely to be made. After three rounds of elections and difficult tactical maneuvers, a coalition government under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was recently sworn in. The coalition agreement between the...

Political Fragmentation May Be the Prelude to Rebuilding Europe

May 28, 2019

The results of the European elections reflect far more than the simple play of party politics and the media’s obsession with hyperreal contests. The European parliamentary elections have weighed in with tallies gleaned from 28 nations. Perhaps the most awaited results came from the United...

How Will Slovakia Vote in the European Elections?

May 24, 2019

Is there any hope that the European elections will bring positive change for Slovakians? This year marks the 15th anniversary of Slovakia’s accession to the European Union. But in Svidník, only a few people bother. Located in the northeast, Svidník is the main city of one of the poorest...

The Pros and Cons of Brexit

February 12, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Malcolm Sawyer, professor emeritus of economics at Leeds University. In June 2016, a majority of Britons decided in a referendum that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union in what has become known as Brexit. The UK is the...

Theresa May Promises More Talks But No Walks

February 08, 2019

Newspapers have their own ways of talking about talks and influencing imminent disasters. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. Published simultaneously on February 7, following a meeting in Brussels between British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders, here are two contrasting versions of...

EU Tells May to March On

January 31, 2019

Before being swept from power and leaving Britain unmoored, Theresa May has had one last sweep with her parliamentary broom.  In a January 30 headline, The Daily Mail can't contain its excitement at what it sees as a historic moment: “Sweeping victory for May as she wins all but one vote in...

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