Europe’s most prosperous country goes to the polls today and are expected to give Chancellor Angela Merkel her fourth term. Merkel was first elected in 2005 and has been leader of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, since 2000. Her popularity and longevity is a rarity in modern Western politics. She has had […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]