Eastern Mediterranean Gas Won’t Solve Europe’s Energy Dilemmas

The energy ministers of Israel, Cyprus, and Greece are talking up possible natural gas exports from their countries as a way of diversifying Europe’s energy supplies away from Russia. They have lobbied the European Commission to conduct a feasibility study for an undersea gas pipeline to bring Israeli and Cypriot gas to Europe via Greece.

Erdoğan’s Ottoman Lessons

By Nora Fisher Onar

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speaking to an audience at a conference on religion, but also to his country and the world, recently declared that “like it or not” the Ottoman language of Turks’ imperial forbears “would be taught and learned” in high schools.

How War Can Come to Europe

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for the continuing insurgency in Eastern Ukraine mean that peace in Europe can no longer be taken for granted. For several reasons, the West’s current confrontation with Russia is arguably more serious and dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Pope Francis in the European Parliament: Much Ado About Nothing?

Pope Francis spoke in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on November 25. Afterwards press accounts mostly picked up on the pontiff’s criticism of the European Union as “somewhat elderly and haggard,” as “grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant,” as well as his critique of the EU’s handling of immigration.