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  • EU Disconnect on Display in Croatian Elections

    Turnout in Croatia’s first European Union (EU) parliamentary elections on April 14 was a meager 21 percent. The low turnout is just the latest example of the disconnect that exists between EU decision makers in Brussels and average voters in the individual member states. The fact that less than a … More

    Obama Administration Snubs Thatcher Funeral

    President Obama’s decision not to send any significant member of his Administration to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London was a regrettable decision that did disservice to the U.S.–U.K. Special Relationship. The decision not to send a senior Administration official such as Vice President … More

    Margaret Thatcher Remembered Fondly in the Falkland Islands

    The recent passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was met across the globe with an outpouring of tributes, condolences, and celebrations of her life. Nowhere is Lady Thatcher more revered than in the Falklands Islands, where her courageous leadership following the 1982 Argentine invasion helped ensure the freedom … More

    EU Begins Woefully Inadequate Training Mission in Mali

    European troops have begun training Malian forces to help ensure security and stability following a planned French withdrawal in July. From the start, the mission is unlikely to succeed. The program has too few European trainers and will train a paltry four Malian battalions—roughly 2,600 soldiers—to secure a country twice … More

    Hezbollah Terrorist Conviction in Cyprus: When will the EU Act?

    A Cypriot court on Thursday sentenced a member of the terrorist organization Hezbollah, Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, to four years in jail for planning to attack Israeli citizens and targets in Cyprus. Yaacoub’s conviction a week earlier marked the first time a Hezbollah member had been found guilty in a European … More

    Cyprus: Last-Minute Bailout Doesn’t Address Eurozone’s Underlying Systemic Issues

    A last-minute accord struck early Monday morning between Cypriot authorities and International Monetary Fund and European Union officials is being hailed in Brussels as a breakthrough. In reality, the agreement simply papers over serious structural fractures within the eurozone and is likely nothing more than a temporary solution to long-term … More

    Eurozone Crisis Creates Another Challenge for Merkel

    As opposition to the euro continues to build within the eurozone, Germany, the motor of the eurozone—frankly, the only thing holding it all together—is not immune. Recently, a new political organization has formed in Germany called Alternative for Germany. So far the group is only a collection of like-minded euro-skeptic … More

    Cyprus Rejects Draconian EU Bailout Plan

    The parliament of Cyprus today emphatically rejected a European Union (EU) bailout plan that would have taxed private bank deposits. The plan did not garner a single vote in support, while 36 members voted against the plan; 19 parliamentarians abstained and one was absent for the vote. The deeply unpopular … More

    Unemployment Remains a Stumbling Block in the Eurozone

    January’s unemployment numbers for the 17 countries of the eurozone has moved closer to 12 percent. This underscores the strong economic headwinds that face these member nations as they continue to grapple with an ongoing economic crisis. This same data reveals deep internal chasms within the eurozone between the economically … More

    European Union Loophole Allows Iran to Circumvent Full Force of Sanctions

    A technical loophole is allowing the theocratic regime in Iran to skirt the full force of economic sanctions meant to compel the country to give up its nuclear ambitions. A recent letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to the presidents of the European Council and European Central Bank … More