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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Putin visits Orban
An unspectacular visit by Vladimir Putin is an important measure of the growing pressures on a united EuropeOn February 2, Vladimir Putin arrived in Budapest. That simple sentence written in this fast-moving and unpredictable Trumpian world actually tells us a lot.It is about common European values and an attitude toward a regime that wages wars in Europe to satisfy...
Closing Europe’s borders is not the solution to the refugee crisis, but it might help open a real discussion about it.by Dardis McNamee and Gregory WeeksOn January 18th, the eve of the EU Asylum Summit in Vienna, Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that Austria would be suspending the Schengen Agreement and policing its borders again.It has been an agonizing turn-around...
editorial born again facts
If the recent election has taught us anything, it’s that details do not matter anymore Trump rose to power not only by tapping into notions of helplessness and despair among working-class voters, but also by making campaign promises as vague as possible, starting with his signature “make America great again.”This tactic has now crossed the big pond. On January 17th,...
Reports of the end of Austria’s post-war idyll have been greatly exaggerated. But this presidential election may finally be the turning point. For the first time, instead of the Social-Democrats (SPÖ) and Conservatives (ÖVP), a right-wing populist Norbert Hofer (FPÖ), and a former Green party leader Alexander Van der Bellen take the stage as presidential candidates. Austria – a...
Austria’s refugee crisis has not only polarized the political landscape,  it has split the country’s ruling party right down the middle As every seasoned police officer knows, fights within families are among the most unpleasant confrontations on the beat.  As tempers escalate, ancient animosities come spilling out, household implements become lethal weapons and the basic social unit – the family...
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