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Two days after the European elections the European parliamentarians took the initiative. The leaders of the groups in the European Parliament met and agreed to propose Jean-Claude Juncker as candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. The European Council, convoked by its president Hermann van Rompuy for yesterday night, was stunned by this quick… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The current crisis almost brought us to a dead end – certainly more evident in the US and Europe than perhaps in the other continents. But nevertheless the situation is frightening. Europe seems to be crumbling; the sovereign debt crisis threatened the whole European project. In Spain, in Britain and elsewhere the youth no longer… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The recent uprisings in the Maghreb region have exposed the double standards with which Europeans apply “universal values”. We are happy to talk ad nauseum about our own popular movements that brought our peoples out from under the yoke of dictatorship, poverty and oppression. Recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in North Africa reflect… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter