Is the Euro Destined to Fail?

May 16, 2017

Has Europe’s common currency been cheating death for too long? The current political climate around the globe is leaning toward nationalism. Within this social construct of isolationism, its ideology does not lean in favor of the European communal currency, shared by 19 nations across the...

A Fifth Act for the Fifth Republic

May 11, 2017

France offers us an unfolding drama with a cast of thousands. On May 7, nearly two-thirds of French voters boldly elected Emmanuel Macron president for the next five years. Or should I say two-thirds of French voters bravely refused to consider electing the representative of something that is...

The World This Week: Another French Revolution

April 30, 2017

The French vote for outsiders because Charles de Gaulle’s Fifth Republic is failing to tackle challenges facing the country. This week, a 600-year-old oak tree that George Washington loved was cut down as the White House proposed tax reform. The Economist, no left-leaning lily livered...

The Feminization of the European Far Right

April 20, 2017

In Europe, the far-right strategy is to lure women for support. The name of Austria’s far-right party — the “Freedom Party,” led by Barbara Rosenkranz — is striking both for its simple, faultless suitability to any faction across the political spectrum and how the far right’s...

Young Voices of the French Far Right

April 20, 2017

Will France elect the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen? France is heading to the polls on April 23. Following the shock results in Britain and the US in 2016, the French are on edge as they grapple with the prospect of a far-right president. But not everyone seems to think...

How France’s Far-Left Candidate Turned From No-Hoper to Contender

April 19, 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's transformation since the 2012 election makes him a more appealing candidate. For the past two weeks, France’s dramatic election campaign has been shaken by the surge in the polls of left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The election, which until recently had looked...

These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate

April 03, 2017

While France teeters on the brink of the far right, left parties elsewhere are showing surprising strength. Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold...

French Election Will Decide Europe’s Future

April 02, 2017

If a pro-European candidate doesn’t win the French election, Europe’s nationalist protectionist agendas may dominate the region. Is a “European Spring” in the making, just as the European Union (EU) celebrates its 60th anniversary? In this opinion piece, Peter Vanham, global leadership...