Divisions over Britain’s exit from the European Union are once again dividing Conservatives, leaving Prime Minister Theresa May with no good options. Read more
Damon Linker wonders what’s worse: that Republicans believe the FBI was doing the bidding of the Democratic Party by using opposition research funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign to get a court order to approve surveillance of a Donald Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page — or that they are only pretending to believe it in order to whip the Republican electorate into a conspiracy-addled froth of indignation against the legitimacy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation? Read more
An Austrian proposal to extend dual citizenship to German-speaking inhabitants of South Tyrol has heightened already tense relations with Italy over the region.
However, secession — in the wake of failed independence bids in Catalonia and Scotland — remains unlikely. Read more
Angela Merkel is expected to step down as leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic party (CDU) some time during or after her fourth term as chancellor.
Der Spiegel reports that she is grooming Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the prime minister of Saarland, as her successor.
But there are at least two more candidates: Ursula von der Leyen, the current defense minister, and Jens Spahn, a lawmaker from North Rhine-Westphalia. Read more
Another reason why you shouldn’t read only American and British news about Europe is their fixation on personalities.
Not so long ago, we were told the EU’s very survival hinged on Angela Merkel.
Now it’s Emmanuel Macron’s turn. Read more
Giuliano Ferrara, founding editor the center-right daily Il Foglio, writes about the Italian election for Politico:
- The center-left Democrats have governed the country capably. Many of the structural reforms recommended by the EU have been implemented. Unemployment is falling. Incomes, investment and productivity are up. As a consequence… the party is highly unpopular.
- The anti-establishment Five Star Movement has failed over and over again, most spectacularly in the city government of Rome. So… they are the single most popular party.
- On the right, Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini have failed to provide the appearance of being anything but a motley crew hastily assembled around a patchy political program. And because of that… they are viewed as the safest, most responsible choice.