1. Reagan’s Rebellion and the End of the Cold War

    Both the American right and the European left fail to appreciate Ronald Reagan’s true significance.

    In university, I once attended a panel discussion about the Cold War where one of the organizers of the large antinuclear demonstrations that took place in the Netherlands in the early 1980s startled the audience by saying he believed…
  1. Cameron Backs Down on Migration, Calls for Modest Reforms

    The British prime minister backs away from radical reforms that could have cost him friends in Europe.

    British prime minister David Cameron's latest proposals to curb European labor migration are notable not so much because of what they entail but because of what he left…
  1. Moldova Next? Voters Asked to Choose Between Europe, Russia

    The stark choice Moldovans face in parliamentary elections is reminiscent of recent events in Ukraine.

    Moldovans are asked to choose between further integration with the rest of Europe or better relations with their former Soviet master, Russia, in parliamentary elections on Sunday. The stark choice is reminiscent of recent events in Ukraine where…
  1. Tax Authority Transfer to Scotland Raises Questions in England

    More devolution of powers to Scotland raises political questions in England as well.

    The Scottish Parliament was promised control over income tax and welfare policy on Thursday in an attempt to placate Scottish nationalism after a referendum failed to deliver…
  1. Dutch Reject Turkey’s Accusations of Racism

    The Dutch reject as “inappropriate” and “bizarre” Turkish accusations of racism in their country.

    Dutch politicians rejected Turkish accusations of racism on Wednesday with social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher saying the criticism was "ill-informed and inappropriate." Opposition parties were even less ceremonious in their response. The christian democrats…
  1. Mas Calls for Early Elections as Proxy to Secede from Spain

    Catalonia’s regional president says the region could secede within a year and a half after elections.

    Catalonia's regional president, Artur Mas, said on Tuesday early elections could trigger secession from Spain, provided all separatist parties in the region joined a single electoral list. Although Mas wouldn't commit to calling early elections, he told…
  1. Merkel Alarmed by Ukraine’s NATO Ambitions

    Germany’s rejection of a referendum on NATO membership shows the limits of its support for Ukraine.

    German chancellor Angela Merkel opposes NATO membership for Ukraine and worries that a planned referendum in the country about joining the alliance could aggravate Western relations with Russia. The Bloomberg news agency cites a German official saying Merkel…
  1. Russia Suspends Coal Supplies to Ukraine

    After promising to resupply Ukraine with gas, Russia appears to have found a new energy weapon.

    Russia suspended coal supplies to neighboring Ukraine last week in a move that could leave the former Soviet republic literally in the cold this winter. DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy company, said the suspension was unexpected and unexplained. Ukraine has relied on…
  1. As Deadline Nears, Obstacles to Iran Nuclear Deal Remain

    Negotiations have yet to resolve the security dilemmas that underpin Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Iran and world powers are almost certain to miss Monday's deadline for a deal to resolve the country's twelve-year standoff with the West over its nuclear ambitions. The most likely…