Europe's new 'Eastern bloc'

Europe's new 'Eastern bloc'

PRAGUE — For Central and Eastern European countries, accession to the European Union has driven democratic reform and economic development. But after financial and refugee crises left the bloc reeling, the link between liberal democracy and social well-being is not as evident as it once was. As narratives of a decadent, failing West take hold, […]

Could President Trump be the savior of Europe?

Could President Trump be the savior of Europe?

Could President Donald Trump be the savior of Europe? It’s an unusual thought, particularly given some of the trade-war rhetoric being hurled across the Atlantic. But fiscal stimulus in the United States provides an opportunity for Europe to do some spending of its own—and to get a bigger growth impact than it normally would. With […]

Netanyahu is picking the wrong friends in Europe

Netanyahu is picking the wrong friends in Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu | Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Opinion Siding with Hungary over Brussels undermines Europe’s positive anti-Semitism efforts. By William Echikson 4/12/18, 4:02 AM CET Here’s something for Benjamin Netanyahu to consider: The Israeli prime minister should spend less time in Europe praising nationalists like Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán and more […]

Europe wants to make it easier to sue companies

Europe wants to make it easier to sue companies

Europe wants to give consumers more legal muscle. The European Commission proposed new rules on Wednesday that would allow its citizens to band together and seek compensation from companies. The rules aren’t as friendly to consumers as US class actions. But they should give people in the European Union a new tool to address wrongdoing […]

Orbán's triumph sends shockwaves through Europe

Orbán's triumph sends shockwaves through Europe

Hungary’s anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán basked Monday (9 April) in a bulldozer election triumph that delighted other nationalists but sent a chill through civil society groups and portended fresh battles with Brussels. After a campaign centred on resistance to immigration and trumpeting a strong economy, nearly complete results showed that Orbán’s Fidesz party snapped […]

Our new European party can unite Britain's feuding remainers and leavers

Our new European party can unite Britain's feuding remainers and leavers

The European Union and the UK are on a cliff edge. Left to its Brussels-based establishment, the EU continues to turn against most of its people who, as a consequence, turn against Brussels. Meanwhile, facing an immensely damaging Brexit, the people of Britain are becoming despondent. This is the moment for British and continental progressives […]

Europe plays risky hand in game over post-Brexit stability

Europe plays risky hand in game over post-Brexit stability

Three weeks ago, Brian Quintenz, a commissioner at the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, gave a speech at the annual futures trading industry shindig in Florida. His subject was some legislative changes the EU is planning to rules governing central counterparties — the vital institutions that sit in the middle of derivatives trades, guaranteeing […]

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