EU Migrant Crisis

Spain: The Final Test Case for Social Democracy in the EU

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Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE must find a workable solution to the migration issue; the future of social democracy in Europe may depend on it.

Is Libya the Unlikely Solution to the Franco-Italian Migration Spat?

An Irish boat rescues migrants off the coast of Tripoli; cc Flickr Irish Defence Forces, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Stabilizing Libya to stem the flow of migrants to European shores may be the one thing that Rome and Paris can actually agree on.

Whither Central Europe’s ‘Axis of the Willing’ on Migration?

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Will Sebastian Kurz’ “axis of the willing against illegal migration” sound the death knell for the Merkel era in Germany?

Populism in Europe: Fear, Greed, and Putin’s Meddling

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We must reject extremist positions and become stronger defenders of our values and political tradition.

Global Forecast (05-28-2018)

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New elections loom in Italy, the Trump-Kim summit gets back on track, and a Congressional bombshell on China Communist Party subversion in New Zealand.

Call Them by Their Name—Fleeing Venezuelans are Refugees, not Migrants

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It’s time to invoke the Cartagena Declaration and provide Venezuelans stranded abroad with the legal protections and funding they need.

Italy: Still Part of the PIGS Club?

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Has austerity and EU intervention forestalled the possibility of a Greece-like repeat in Italy, or merely delayed it?

Global Forecast (03-08-2018)

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A slog expected in Italian coalition talks, more details of President Trump’s tariffs come to light, and the Japanese economy didn’t have such a bad fourth quarter after all.

Italian Voters Turn on the Establishment

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The Italian general election swept away the establishment without indicating what exactly should replace it.

Turkey: NATO’s Rogue Member State

A US Patriot missile system deployed in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in 2013. cc Flickr U.S. Army Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Is it time to consider kicking Turkey out of NATO?

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