To Embrace Biden’s Democracy Agenda, Start With Turkey

June 23, 2021

European Union leaders are getting ready to discuss Turkey once again. The timing of the European Council meeting on June 24-25 is crucial, taking place just after the G7, NATO and EU-US summits. Following four years of discontent between Brussels and Washington, this has been an exercise in...

Why Boris Johnson Isn’t “Charismatic”

July 30, 2019

Analyzing the character of Britain’s new prime minister, Atul Singh, in a delightful Fair Observer article that can only be described as “fair and balanced” in ways that Fox News has never attempted, calls Boris Johnson “the most charismatic politician of his generation.” Given...

Populists in the European Elections

May 28, 2019

The results of the European elections have revealed some breakthroughs for populists. There is concern about the impact of populism on rational decision-making in many Western democracies. But there is no agreement on what "populism" means. All politics appeal — to some extent — to...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Discontent” Continues with Sweden Democrats

September 11, 2018

Sweden’s summer of discontent presages an ill wind for Europe this fall and beyond. The election in Sweden on September 9 confirmed the trend throughout Europe of increasing numbers of voters ready to support populist, xenophobic, nationalistic, extreme right-wing parties. One Swedish...

Turmoil in Spain, Crisis in Europe

October 12, 2016

The problems facing the Spanish left mirror the crisis engulfing Europe. The current chaos devouring Spain’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has mixed elements of farce and tragedy. However, the issues roiling Spanish politics reflect a general crisis in the European Union (EU) and a sober...