In German Election, Merkel Is the Safest Choice

German chancellor Angela Merkel listens to a debate in parliament in Berlin, June 27
German chancellor Angela Merkel listens to a debate in parliament in Berlin, June 27 (Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann)

Polls predict that German chancellor Angela Merkel will cruise to a comfortable victory in this week’s parliamentary elections. We would welcome her reelection.

Although the liberal Free Democrats, who emphasize economic freedom and individual responsibility, are more aligned with the Atlantic Sentinel‘s views, their leader, economy minister Philipp Rösler, looks unfit for the chancellorship. Merkel, by contrast, has proven herself to be a wise leader since she first assumed office in 2005 — sometimes pragmatic, otherwise steadfast. Read more “In German Election, Merkel Is the Safest Choice”

British Express Ruling Party Discontent in Local Polls

View of Bideford, England from the River Torridge
View of Bideford, England from the River Torridge (Shutterstock)
  • Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has lost 335 seats in local elections, although it retains control in a majority of counties.
  • The Liberal Democrats, who rule in a coalition government with the Conservatives, have lost 123 seats.
  • The opposition Labour Party has won 291 seats and with it control of Derbyshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire.
  • The United Kingdom Independence Party won 139 seats. It failed to win control anywhere but has wiped out the far-right British National Party. Read more “British Express Ruling Party Discontent in Local Polls”

Atlantic Sentinel Responds to Final Obama-Romney Debate

Incumbent president Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, debated foreign policy in Boca Raton, Florida tonight in what was their third and last televised debate before November’s election.

The Atlantic Sentinel‘s Christopher Whyte said the debate was “not a blowout for either candidate.” Both held their positions well on a number of fronts, he said. Read more “Atlantic Sentinel Responds to Final Obama-Romney Debate”

Atlantic Sentinel Responds to Second Obama-Romney Debate

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American president Barack Obama participates in a televised debate with his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in Hempstead, New York, October 16 (Obama for America/Scout Tufankjian)

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, met in Hempstead, New York on Tuesday night for their second televised debate before November’s election.

The stakes were particularly high for the incumbent whose lackluster performance in the first debate in Colorado two weeks ago disappointed many Democrats. Read more “Atlantic Sentinel Responds to Second Obama-Romney Debate”

Atlantic Sentinel Responds to First Obama-Romney Debate

Democratic president Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, met for their first in three televised debates in the city of Denver tonight, the capital of Colorado which is one of nine states that can sway November’s election in either candidate’s favor.

The Atlantic Sentinel‘s Steve Keller said “this was a really wonky debate.”

President Obama seemed to go in with an eye toward playing defense and Mitt Romney playing offense. Both did so effectively.

Left-wingers were disappointed Obama didn’t “take it” to Romney and try to knock him out. Keller, however, wasn’t surprised Obama came across as more professorial. Read more “Atlantic Sentinel Responds to First Obama-Romney Debate”

The World Is Waiting for President Huntsman

Former Utah governor and Republican Party presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman listens to a question from a voter in New Hampshire, November 12, 2011
Former Utah governor and Republican Party presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman listens to a question from a voter in New Hampshire, November 12, 2011 (Luke N. Vargas)

Among the Republicans contesting their party’s presidential nomination this year, there is only one man whom the world would definitely prefer over Barack Obama.

The world may be a bystander in America’s presidential election, but it watches carefully. Americans in November elect the most powerful man on the planet and conservative primary voters, starting this January, may be choosing that man.

Although we recognize that their economic predicament takes precedence over questions of foreign and trade policy, in today’s global society, where the collapse of a single American investment bank can bring down the whole of the developed world’s economy, the three are in fact intertwined.

So we have a stake in the matter. Especially at a time of economic calamity, Americans need a president who recognizes that access and openness to investment and trade is of paramount importance. There can be no recovery, in America or elsewhere, if nations slide into protectionism; if “Made in America” is not an emblem of pride and of quality but a harbinger of nationalist revival and an attempt to reverse the trend of globalization.

One nation’s growth cannot come at the expense of another. Nor can there be an industrial renaissance in the United States if it cannot afford anymore to champion freedom and opportunity abroad. Read more “The World Is Waiting for President Huntsman”