#4. Merkel Can’t Lead Germany, Much Less the Free World
September 15, 2017
Angela Merkel is likely cruising to an easy re-election as Germany’s chancellor. Because many pundits in America refer to her as the “leader of the free world,” it is tempting to speculate that her electoral success is due to keen wisdom and firm leadership. In reality, quite the opposite is the case. In many ways, Angela Merkel is Germany’s Bill Clinton, minus the philandering.
#3. Why Protests Are Erupting All Over Poland
December 22, 2016
On Friday, the Polish government voted to severely restrict the ability of independent journalists to cover proceedings in parliament. The new law would give preferential access to journalists who work for state-owned media, which is operated by loyal party apparatchiks. Though the government is beginning to back away from this draconian law after protests erupted all over the country, it serves as another reminder of the fragility of Polish democracy.
#2. Britain Is Now a One-Party System, But That Could Change…
September 15, 2015
Before the British election in May, political analysts were nearly unanimous in their prophesying: The United Kingdom was entering a new era of politics in which it would be joining the rest of the continent in the chaotic world of multiparty coalition governments. The Conservative-Labour duopoly was declared dead. As is so often the case, the prognosticators were only half right. Labour is, indeed, dead. The Conservatives, on the other hand, are alive and kicking and will likely rule Britain for at least the next decade in what will be ade facto one-party system.
#1. These 3 Big Elections May Determine Europe’s Fate
January 5, 2015
On January 1, Lithuania became the newest member of the Eurozone, joining a club of eighteen other nations in a currency union that has troubled Europe’s economy for the past several years. Unfortunately, the celebration over Lithuanian membership will be short lived, because 2015 will prove to be a turbulent year. Indeed, three important elections pose an existential threat to the European Union as we know it.