Europe’s Five Deficits
Last week’s European Summit in Brussels has become a pale afterthought in record time. The reasons are threefold. First, the summit has been overshadowed by other events, not least in Egypt, but also those surrounding the Snowden affair. Second, expectations were low to being with, since the summit preceded politically pregnant elections in Germany this […]
A View from Europe
Barack Obama’s sweeping triumph in the presidential elections, including in critical battleground states, prompted a sigh of relief in numerous quarters and most capitals of Europe, where Obama, despite his emphatic orientation away from Europe, is seen as representing more closely the ethos and Weltanschauung of the old continent. In his victory speech, which described […]
My Impressions of Judge Garzón
Two weeks after the ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court that convicted Baltasar Garzón and led to his disbarment as a magistrate, the media is close to unanimous in portraying the case as a Francoist assault on the democratic institutions in Spain and the revenge of malicious peers, envious of Garzón’s international standing. In […]
The European project is a global blueprint for social change, environmental protection and supranational governance. Yet nobody talks about Europe in such glowing terms today. Why has the shine come off the apple?