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Without the US, Europe is fighting a losing battle

By Thomas Straubhaar

Henry Kissinger, Francis Fukuyama, Amitav Acharya: In addition to the former U.S. Secretary of State many other clever geo-strategists currently think about a new “world order” – as the title of Kissinger’s latest book reads.

The right-wing populist politics of condemning anti-Semitism in Europe

An old specter is haunting Europe: anti-Semitism. Incidents of anti-Semitic speech, harassment, and violence have been rising, not only since the deadly attacks on Jews in Brussels last year and in Paris and Copenhagen a few weeks ago.

Divide and Conquer

One of the most important stories in the ongoing confrontation between the West and Russia has been that of Western unity. Despite a wide array of different histories, interests and geography, the U.S.

Turkey and the European Union: Cooperating on Asylum and Migration, For All the Wrong Reasons

There is not much good news regarding Turkey’s relationship with the European Union. Even though opportunities for cooperation do exist (on trade and foreign policy, for instance), any attempt at rekindling the relationship seems to drown easily in tensions driven by negative domestic developments.

Turkey and the Euro-Atlantic Community: Turbulence and Ties of Interest

2014 was another year characterized by turbulence in Turkish relations with Europe and the United States. In Turkey’s neighborhood, large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory fell under the control of the Islamic State group and Russia annexed Crimea.

The Eurozone in 2014: Some Improvements, but More Must Be Done

Sometimes a figure says more than 1,000 words. The euro devaluated 9 percent against the U.S. dollar in 2014. At the beginning of that year, one had to pay $1.37 for €1. At the end of the year it was only $1.21 to €1 (and late January 2015 $1.13: €1).

The Islamic State Group and the Tragedy of the Yazidis

The recent emergence of the radical so-called Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria and its cruel exercise of power has created outrage around the world. Last year, a broad-based international coalition was created with the aim of eliminating this dangerous terrorist organization.

The Growing Transatlantic Divide on Israel

It is looking more and more as if the United States and Europe are about to go their separate ways on the best approach to Israel, the Palestinians, and the moribund peace process.

The Islamic State, Saudi Arabia, and the Recurrent Purification Impulse in the Arab World

Since last summer, the world’s attention has fixated on the so-called Islamic State and its capacity to inspire young people from Syria and Iraq to Paris to Ottawa to undertake acts of violence in their name.

Self-Inflicted Wounds: The War on Terror’s Continuing Toll on Liberal Values

The erosion of liberal principles in the course of the war on terror continued in 2014 and shows little sign of abating in 2015. Key countries in North America and Europe appeared willing to sacrifice privacy, accountability, and liberty in a quixotic search for absolute security against small-scale if horrific attacks.