Macron and Merkel Discuss Significant Changes to Schengen

Berlin and Paris want stricter controls on the flow of migrants. They will have to come up with a new regime for the Schengen area by November 1st in order to get them.

Macron and Merkel Discuss Significant Changes to Schengen

France, with the support of Germany, has a plan to rewrite the Euro-area Schengen area rules. Because the current exceptions granted by Brussels for ‘temporary controls in exceptional circumstances’ expire in November and can no longer be renewed, time is of the essence. Paris and Berlin – plus the other countries that are ready to support […]

EU pushing ahead in support of open science

EU pushing ahead in support of open science

April saw lots of activity on the open science front in the European Union. On April 19, the European Commission officially announced its plans to create an “Open Science Cloud”. Accompanying this initiative, the Commission stated it will require that scientific data produced by projects under Horizon 2020(Europe’s €80 billion science funding program) be made openly available by default. […]

Why is the U.K. a Target?

Why is the U.K. a Target?

Terrorists seem to target nearly every Western democracy in random waves. The United States has long been a target, even before the world-changing attacks on September 11, 2001. France lost 86 people in Nice last year when a truck rammed through a crowd and 130 the previous fall in attacks in Paris. The most consequential attack […]

Merkel Wins Key Victory in Regional Elections

Merkel Wins Key Victory in Regional Elections

Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) scored a major victory today in elections held in North Rhine – Westphalia. That party defeated the Social Democrats (SD) in a major upset. North Rhine – Westphalia is the largest German state and its heavily industrialized cities have for years been reliably in the Social Democrat column. […]

Erdogan Compares German Government to Nazis

Erdogan Compares German Government to Nazis

Germany has long been home to a large Turkish population – today amounting to 1.4 million compared to Germany’s total population of about 80 million. Those 1.4 million Turks are largely eligible to vote in the upcoming April Turkish referendum on its Constitution. Turkey’s Justice Minister was scheduled to address a rally of Turks within […]

What is Fascism in the 21st Century?

What is Fascism in the 21st Century?

This is the first in a regular column where our Editor’s share their personal views on the most recent happenings. A recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher took up the topic of whether or not the administration of Donald Trump is an exercise in modern fascism. Maher said, “Before the election I was […]