The view from across the Atlantic, by Nick Ottens
Both are insecure.
A spying scandal shatters what little hope Catalan nationalists had of negotiating with Madrid.
The Dutch government was warned many times Russia could not be trusted and bought its gas anyway.
Western Europe refused to see the risks. Eastern Europe refused to invest in renewables.
Pablo Casado’s lurch to the right scared away moderates and failed to impress hardliners.
Spanish judges waste no opportunity to frustrate Catalan ambitions.
Earthquakes in Groningen, dirty coal mines in Poland and leaky Soviet-era gas pipes in Russia.
Maybe he focused on the wrong things.
A Franco-German plan to relax antitrust rules is defeated.
Liberalizations cut unemployment and encouraged business creation.
American alarmism about coalition politics is unfounded.
How many more “wake-up calls” do we need?
The Netherlands and Norway share first place.
The EU was long accused of not doing enough against climate change. Now it is doing too much?
Both countries struggle to find the right balance between public and private.