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    Europeans Enamored with Obama, Less So with American Values

    Europeans remain enamored with President Obama—far more so than the American public that re-elected him. “He Is Our President, Too,” cheered a headline in an international European paper after the November presidential election. European publics by majorities of 80–90 percent hold a favorable view of Obama. This is certainly an … More

    Surprise, Surprise: Nobel Prize Awarded for Politics, Not Substance

    Many self-righteous and smug Eurocrats will be celebrating the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded earlier today in Oslo, Norway. Wisely and sensibly, some European leaders, such as British Prime Minister David Cameron and Czech President Václav Klaus, decided not to attend today’s ceremony. It was clear to … More

    Prevention of Airline Carbon Taxes Should Be a Model for Carbon Regulations

    President Obama recently signed legislation that prevents the European Union (EU) from taxing U.S. airline emissions for planes that travel to and from EU countries. Although the EU announced it would delay the tax from its broader cap-and-trade-like system for a year, the new law protects U.S. airlines from the … More

    U.S. Air Force in Poland: A Small Step in the Right Direction

    Last week marked an important milestone for U.S.–Polish defense relations: A small detachment of U.S. airmen arrived at Lask air base in Poland and established the first permanent U.S. military presence in the country. While this modest increase in the U.S. Air Force’s presence in Europe is a step in … More

    Russia Ramps Up Missile Tests

    Russian President Vladimir Putin recently oversaw a strategic exercise—including a series of coordinated missile tests—that drew on Russia’s nuclear “triad” (bombers, intercontinental-range ballistic missiles [ICBMs], and submarine-launched ballistic missiles [SLBMs]). Both the ICBM and the SLBM reached their respective targets after having traveled distances of more than 6,000 kilometers. Less … More

    As Spain and Greece Burn, Estonia Offers a Lesson

    Over the past few days, new strikes and riots have convulsed Greece and Spain. Conventional wisdom (including from economist Paul Krugman) suggests that cuts in government spending—often described as “austerity”—are a primary cause of the economic downturn in these nations and across much of Europe. This “demand deficiency” hypothesis leads … More

    Will America Catch the Eurovirus?

    In a new Backgrounder, “How Contagious Is Europe’s Economic Crisis?”, we discuss several channels through which a European crisis could be transmitted to the U.S. economy and note the key policy responses needed in the U.S. and in Europe. Current effects. The U.S. is already affected by lower demand for … More

    From Spain to Libya: Why U.S. Troops in Europe Remain Vital

    After the treacherous murder in Libya of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens earlier this week, it was announced that a U.S. Marine Corp Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST), consisting of approximately 50 specially trained Marines, would be deployed to Tripoli to enhance security at the U.S. embassy there. From where did … More

    Why the Department of Defense Should Be Watching the Dutch Elections

    Later this week, voters in the Netherlands will elect a new government after the center-right coalition government, led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, collapsed in April. Unsurprisingly, the top election issue is the eurozone crisis and how it is affecting the Dutch economy. Other issues, such as the continued Dutch … More

    Italian Prime Minister Warns of EU Collapse

    In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine on Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti warned of the “psychological break-up” of Europe if the euro crisis is not soon resolved. To which there is only one thing to say: The European Union has been a schizophrenic construct from the very … More