1. Netherlands to Reduce Tax Burden, Raise Defense Spending

    The Dutch will keep their deficit under the European treaty limit while reducing taxes to help job creation.

    The Dutch government promised to reduce taxes and overturn defense cuts on Tuesday as the small European nation's economy is projected to grow 1.25 percent next year. In a speech read out…
  1. After Month of Unrest, Pakistan Back to Square One

    Pakistan’s government is weakened but civil-military relations are back to where they used to be: with the army in control.

    For the last month or so, most of South Asia has been transfixed on the situation in Pakistan. Except for minor diversionary hiccups involving the Islamic State and its victories in Iraq, the subcontinent's media has…
  1. Sweden’s Left Short of Majority, Hopes to Lure Centrists Into Coalition

    Sweden’s Social Democrats must convince centrist parties to back them or form a minority government instead.

    Sweden's Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven reached out to smaller centrist parties on Monday after failing to win an outright majority for his coalition in an election the day before. "The…
  1. Salmond Confident Independent Scotland Can Join European Union

    First Minister Alex Salmond says it would be “ridiculous” for the rest of Europe to deny an independent Scotland membership.

    Scottish leader Alex Salmond expressed confidence on Sunday his country would be welcomed into the European Union if it voted to secede from the United Kingdom, arguing that its rich fishing waters and energy potential could make…
  1. Sweden’s Social Democrats Ahead in Polls But Without Majority

    Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrats look certain to win the election but could struggle to form a majority government.

    Swedes looked certain to return a leftist majority to parliament on Sunday but the Social Democrats, ahead of the ruling liberal party in the polls, could struggle to form a government. Surveys put the Social Democrats at around…
  1. Swedes Ought to Reelect Reinfeldt

    Sweden’s prime minister leaves his country a much better place than he found it eight years ago.

    John Fredrik Reinfeldt's government in Sweden looks certain to lose an election on Sunday. That is unfortunate. His government, in office since 2006, has done much to transform the Nordic country. Once…
  1. Iran, Syria Are No Allies in Defeating the Islamic State

    Enemies of America that enabled the Islamic State in the first place can hardly be expected to help defeat it.

    The governments of Iran and Syria may be opposed the Levantine militant group that calls itself the Islamic State but they are hardly allies in the fight against it. Rather, they helped create the…
  1. Iraq Installs New Government as Sectarian Divisions Deepen

    Iraq has a more inclusive government but Kurdish and Shia militants are carrying out reprisals against Sunnis.

    Iraq's parliament approved a new government with Kurdish and Sunni deputy prime ministers on Monday, ending weeks of gridlock that enabled the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State to rout the Iraqi army and conquer large…