1. Algerian President Hospitalized as Strike Points to Power Struggle

    Abdelaziz Bouteflika is released from a French hospital as cracks appear in his country’s secretive regime.

    Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was released from a French hospital on Sunday after a two-day stay, according to the BBC, at a time of rising unrest in his North African country. Earlier, the Reuters news agency and a local French newspaper reported that Bouteflika was…
  1. Danish Energy Sale to Goldman Sachs Meets Resistance

    Danes are critical of the partial sale of their national energy company to an American investment bank.

    Years of conservative rule ended in Denmark with the 2011 election of Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt, whose coalition also included the Social Liberal Party and Socialist People's Party. Two years later, the Socialist People's Party left the coalition over the decision to sell…
  1. Northern Europe Strengthens Defense Cooperation Against Russia

    Britain, the Baltic and Nordic countries step up intelligence sharing and crossborder air force training.

    Defense ministers from eight northern European countries agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation in order to counter an increase in Russian incursions of their airspace. Meeting in Oslo, the ministers from the three Baltic states, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom agreed to do…
  1. West Sees Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Fears Mariupol Attack

    NATO observes Russian military equipment moving into Ukraine, possibly to support an attack on Mariupol.

    NATO said on Wednesday it had observed columns of Russian military equipment entering southeastern Ukraine since the beginning of the week while the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe feared an assault on the Ukrainian port city of…
  1. Obama Brings China In from the Cold

    A deal on climate change points to a more significant achievement: committing China to world order.

    China and the United States announced a landmark agreement on curbing climate change on Wednesday. While significant in its own right, the biggest takeaway from the deal might be that the…
  1. Brussels Warns: Spain’s Labor Legislation Punishes Temporary Workers

    The European Commission urges Spain to eradicate the duality in its labor market.

    By Ana L√≥pez-Varela The Spanish labor market is bearing its teeth toward temporary workers by penalizing them excessively. That is the verdict of the European Commission, who highlight concerns in a recent report titled "Wage Adjustment in Spain: slow, inefficient and unfair?" (PDF) published by the…
  1. Why Russia Can’t Accept the Status Quo in Ukraine

    Freezing the War in Donbas would allow Ukraine to get its house in order and deepen its ties with the West.

    Russia might have escalated its involvement in the separatist uprising in southeastern Ukraine in order to force its neighbor into a more favorable ceasefire with its proxies there, suggests Edward W. Walker, a comparative political…
  1. Catalonia Votes for Statehood in Informal Referendum

    The vast majority of Catalans who participated in the “consultation” want their region to secede from Spain.

    More than 80 percent of Catalans voted for statehood in an informal referendum on Sunday that was denounced by the central government in Madrid. More than two out of an estimated 5.4 million eligible voters took part in what was dubbed a "citizens'…
  1. Obama Announces Offensive Against Islamic State

    The president says sending additional troops signifies a shift from a defensive to an offensive strategy.

    President Barack Obama said on Sunday sending an additional 1,500 American troops into Iraq signified a shift from a defensive to an offensive strategy against the radical Islamist group that calls itself the Islamic State. In an interview with CBS News' Face the Nation,…