1. Britain’s Osborne Proposes Benefits Freeze, Pension Tax Cuts

    George Osborne promises a next Conservative government will freeze benefits for working age Britons and overhaul pensions.

    Britain's chancellor George Osborne on Monday promised a next Conservative Party government would freeze welfare benefits for people of working age and abolish taxes on pensions. In a conference speech, he positioned his as the "party of…
  1. French Socialists Lose Upper House Majority

    Another setback for President François Hollande who is now France’s least popular leader in more than half a century.

    President François Hollande's ruling Socialist Party lost its majority in the French Senate on Sunday. Marine Le Pen's Front national won its first two seats in the upper chamber but the majority went to the mainstream conservative Union pour un mouvement populaire.…
  1. Conservative Party Defections Cast Cloud Over Conference

    Rather than worry about the upcoming election, Conservatives wonder who will be next to head over to UKIP.

    Today marks the start of the British Conservative Party's final conference before the general election in May. The affair was meant to be a large one this year, with several new policy announcements concerning, among other things, the growing…
  1. Britain, Denmark Join Coalition Against Islamic State

    The two NATO countries support the air campaign over Iraq but stop short of participating in strikes against Syria.

    Denmark and the United Kingdom joined an international coalition against Islamic State militants on Friday but like Belgium and the Netherlands, which announced they would send F-16 fighter jets to support the air campaign a day earlier,…
  1. Bashar Assad: Root of Islamic State’s Evil

    A strategy to defeat the Islamic State would be incomplete without a plan to remove its sponsor in Damascus.

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with America's PBS earlier this week he still considers his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, as much a threat to the Middle East as the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State. It was…
  1. Belgium, Netherlands to Support Air Campaign in Iraq

    The two European countries join the war against the Islamic State stop short of joining airstrikes against Syria.

    Belgium and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they would join Arab and American airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq but stop short of carrying out attacks in neighboring Syria where the group that calls itself the Islamic State…
  1. As Allies Battle Islamists, Turkey Still Focused on Defeating Assad

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan supports the Arab-American campaign against the Islamic State but says Bashar Assad is part of the problem.

    Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday his country "will do whatever it needs to do" to help defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But it seems his priority is still to dislodge the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In an…
  1. Hysterical Conference Speech Shows Miliband Is Unfit to Lead

    The Labour leader’s recriminations say more about his own delusions than the ruling Conservative Party he attacks.

    In a rambling conference speech on Tuesday, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband once more made clear why he's unfit to lead Britain. The country of haves and have nots that he imagines simply does not exist, nor are voters prepared for the class…
  1. Arab-American Alliance Launches Strikes Against Islamic State

    Bringing America’s Arab allies into the fold is no small feat. But airstrikes alone are unlikely to defeat the Islamic State.

    Convincing Arab allies to join in airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria is a political and strategic victory for American president Barack Obama. But it might not be enough to…