Posts About European Union
When the going got rough, the same allies who once cheered Obama's decision turned conspicuously quiet.
As the United States guts its education system, young Europeans are protesting in the streets for more support for theirs. What gives?
Europe votes against its own institutions, even as non-EU countries clamor to become part of them.
Europe is the perfect partner for the U.S.'s new focus on societal security instead of just terrorism.
As the EU has grown larger, it has also grown more divided than united.
The economic crisis brings Europe a new wave of xenophobia - which is likely to only worsen the recession there.
The U.S. is listening to European interests, but not letting them dictate policy.
Let's hope last week's visit was the start of a new era in American involvement in the region.
In an interlinked economy, long-term benefits go to countries that know how to regulate.
Put aside your egos, leaders: defend the EU or watch it erode.
The inhabitants of the Old World still have not shown anything resembling a common soul, and probably never will.
The results of the referendum in Ireland only show that people in a small country like to pull on the mustache of the lion.
The Irish, of all people, hold Europe's fate in their hands with a single vote.
Tony Blair has managed to present himself as a flexible politician while choosing politics over policy. He promised to be a grand modernizer and many of his achievements are noteworthy. But the past 10 years have seen more media spin than effective reform; Britain has moved away from Europe and lost economic competitiveness.
When Putin made his hard-line speech at the Munich conference on security, the Turkish public got truly excited. Given what they perceive to be the arrogance of the West, not to mention its double standards, many Turks side with Russia.
There are so many common problems in the world that have not been solved. Famine, AIDS and terrorism are planetary emergencies, yet rich and poor nations remain far apart. And governments elected every four years care little about long-term global warming.
Africa's future prosperity lies in individual countries pooling their markets, resources and goals. The African Union can learn from the EU, if its members learn to pay the costs of union. They need mandatory governance standards, and will have to cede some sovereignty.
Whether Europe is the way of the future will depend on what Europe does with its own people. One of the main challenges Europe faces today is how to integrate its immigrant communities. The continent may need its own civil rights movement, and it cannot succeed without Turkey.
Greece, a small country on the tip of the Balkan Peninsula, was the poorest member by far when it joined the EU's predecessor in 1981. But Greece was able to fight for attention and development aid, benefiting members to come. Today the EU has 27 members, many poorer than Greece. The union needs to continue to listen to them.
As China and India rise to global economic powers, it's becoming clear that Asia would benefit from a common market in the model of the EU. But is Asia politically ready for such a leap? The East needs new visionary leaders to start the debate over its future.