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Molenbeek, Europe’s capital of jihad?

Jeroen Dewulf, director, Institute of European Studies | November 18, 2015

Belgium has a sad record. With some 450 jihadists, it is Europe’s largest contributor per capita of ISIS fighters in Syria. The country has also been mentioned in connection to a series of recent ISIS attacks: In May 2014, a returned jihadist from Syria opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. In January 2015, … Continue reading »

Why the rift between Eastern and Western Europe on the refugee crisis?

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | September 9, 2015

It has been hard not to notice in recent days the difference in attitude between European Union member states on solidarity towards the refugees crisis in Europe. Germany and Sweden have decided to show solidarity. Demonstrations in various European countries have shown a welcoming attitude towards the refugees from war zones in Syria and elsewhere. … Continue reading »

The road not taken: How the migrant crisis in Europe could have been ameliorated

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | August 15, 2015

I was visiting my family in Kent in southeast England. I rounded a bend and there was a queue of cars and trucks. Obviously an accident. I bumped over the median, read my map, and found another route. Another vehicle queue as far as I could see. Another accident? No. This was a tiny part of … Continue reading »

Depression’s advocates

Brad DeLong, Brad DeLong | July 31, 2015

Over at Project Syndicate: Depression’s Advocates: Back in the darker days of late 2008 and 2009, I had one line in my talks that sometimes got applause, usually got a laugh, and always made people more optimistic. Because the North Atlantic had lived through the 1930s, I would say “This time we will not make … Continue reading »

The humiliation of Greece and Tsipras’s fatal mistake

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | July 15, 2015

A large part of Europe is still shell-shocked by the “compromise” that was decided in the Sunday, July 12 Eurozone marathon. Without repeating the list of reforms imposed on Greece, they are much harsher than what had been negotiated weeks and months before, even harsher than anything imposed on Greece since the beginning of the crisis. … Continue reading »

Urgently needed: An international initiative on Greece

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | July 8, 2015

Do not hold your breath on Sunday’s deadline for credible Greek proposals to come up to unlock the Greek crisis. This is mostly a trap to accelerate Grexit. At best, it is a Pontius Pilates move by German Chancellor Angela Merkel — to wash herself of the responsibility of Greece spiraling into chaos. Let us … Continue reading »

After the Greek ‘NO’: Europe quo vadis?

Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox professor of economics and professor of political science | July 6, 2015

Tsipras won the referendum, but where do we go from now? Most, if not all of my Greek friends, intellectuals I highly respect campaigned for the Yes. I understand many of their concerns. Greece was institutionally not ready to enter the Eurozone. Greece politics are dysfunctional and clientelistic — there has been fiscal irresponsibility, lack … Continue reading »

Misframing the Greek protest

Albena Azmanova, visiting scholar, Institute for European Studies | February 18, 2015

The calls these days to support the Greek people’s struggle against austerity are in abundance. The Campaign for Democracy group has issued one such petition. I signed this petition, as I do support the Greek people’s fight for social justice and regaining some control of their destiny. But what a pity this is being framed … Continue reading »

European partnership could signal a new direction for renewable energy

Patrick Donnelly-Shores, former student, College of Natural Resources | January 30, 2014

President Francois Hollande of France announced a new renewable energy partnership between the French and German governments last week. The idea, modeled on the Airbus partnership, would expand cooperation between the governments on renewable energy projects. Airbus, which began in the 1960s, was formed as a joint partnership between primarily between French and German corporations, with Dutch … Continue reading »

How bad is ‘European’?

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | January 19, 2012

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been, as have other GOP candidates, castigating President Obama for presumably wanting to “Europeanize” the United States. On January 6, 2012, for example, Romney asserted that the President was “dragging ‘the soul of America’ toward a ‘European-style welfare state’.” Romney and others have accused the President of loving America … Continue reading »

The end of the West’s duplicity in a transforming Middle East?

Beverly Crawford, Professor emerita, Political Science and International and Area Studies | May 3, 2011

Post co-authored by Beverly Crawford and Nora Reikosky. Like the collective gasp of horror heard round the world on 9/11, we now hear a global sigh of relief at the news of Osama bin Laden’s demise. President Obama tells us that we can all breathe easier now. But can we?  Will Osama’s death mark an end … Continue reading »