1. British Housing Shortage Requires Concerted National Effort

    Until there is a significant chance in British policy, the dream of owning a property will remain just that — a dream.

    In the past, revolt and unrest in Britain were typically sparked by the cost of bread and corn. Today, it is the price of housing. This month, the average price of a home in London reached £500,000. The average housing price…
  1. Madrid’s Intransigence to Blame for Catalan Separatism

    It is the central government’s refusal to give Catalans a say in their future that has caused support for independence to surge.

    Undeterred by Scottish voters' "no" to independence, Artur Mas, Catalonia's president, called a similar referendum to break away from Spain last month. To comply with Spanish law, the referendum would not be binding -- although it is difficult to imagine how the…
  1. Don’t Blame Turkey for “Dragging Its Feet” in Syria

    Expecting Turkey to come to the aid of Kurdish separatists without even a plan to remove Bashar Assad is unreasonable.

    Turkey's reluctance to be drawn into the war against the Islamic State should hardly surprise American policymakers. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made it plain just last month that his country can only support such a strategy if it simultaneously seeks to dislodge the regime…
  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. Scottish Referendum: A Testament to British Civilization

    That Scots get to choose their own destiny shows how seriously Britain takes its commitment to freedom and self-determination.

    However Scotland votes on Thursday, the simple fact that it will have a referendum on independence peacefully and only after careful deliberation testifies to Britain's greatness. It wasn't so long ago that the peoples of Eastern Europe fought and died to liberate themselves from Soviet oppression. Only in recent years has…
  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…
  1. Abe’s Refusal to Shake Up Japan’s Labor Market Spells Decline

    Young Japanese can’t find the job security they need to start a family. Their government is doing nothing to help.

    When Prime Minister Shinzō Abe finally unveiled his plans to make Japan more competitive in June, the proposals underwhelmed. While he promised to lower Japan's corporate tax rate, currently the highest in the developed world, to below 30 percent, Abe shied…
  1. Israel Was Right to Reject American Ceasefire Proposal

    Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to have only taken into account the concerns of Hamas.

    When Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for a ceasefire between Gaza militants and Israel reached the latter's cabinet on Friday, it reportedly united liberals and…