Perspective: The Unfolding Refugee Crisis (12/3)

By Chris Matteo

While addressing the European Parliament in mid-October, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz maintained that, '''Willkommenskultur' is prevailing over growing fear and scepticism.'' At this point only a few weeks later, Mr. Schultz would perhaps admit that this sentiment is fading even in his own country, much less around the rest of the EU.


COP21: The First Week of Climate Conference (12/3)

By Walter Nicklin in Paris

A few days into the much anticipated 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,  the mood here in Paris seems more optimistic than not.  That’s at least partly due to having defined “success” downward, as the parties long ago recognized: (1) that a formally binding treaty (especially given domestic U.S. politics) would be all but impossible; (2) that strictly limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celius above preindustrial levels, a goal originally proposed by the European Union two decades ago, should not be the conference’s top-down organizing principle.


Will Climate Action Be Another Casualty of the Paris Terror Attacks? (11/20)

WalterNicklen2015By Walter Nicklin

With less than the two weeks to go before the COP21, the Paris attacks have perhaps done more harm to the UN conference than U.S. climate-change deniers could ever have hoped to achieve -- a perverse and happy outcome for the fossil-fuel-dependent Islamic State, which, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, derives $40 million a month producing and exporting oil.


American in Paris – Thoughts on the Terror Attack & What May Follow (11/17)

By Paul Horne

Editor’s Note: These comments are from an American international political economist and long-time resident in Paris where he is now.

Paris – Nov. 16, 2015. Three days after jihadists massacred at least 130 people and wounded 350 in Paris, France is facing another shock: How to deal with the consequences of Daesh’s attack on French and European society.


CIA Director John Brennan on the Paris Attacks (11/16)

By Michael D. Mosettig, former Foreign Editor of PBS’s The News Hour

Despite the events in Paris, CIA Director John Brennan kept his commitment to open a think tank conference 60 hours after the deadly attacks. But show up he did for a discussion that included the suggestion that some European governments re-think their post-Snowden curbs on intelligence gathering but rejecting suggestions that the European Union would have to end its policies of free movement.


The opening salvo: Cameron’s wish list for Europe (11/13)

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has finally announced what he would like to achieve by negotiating with the European Union about Britain’s future role in the EU. Or has he? In a letter sent to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk there is little to suggest that Cameron is about to enter the decisive phase of the negotiations on the basis of a specific list of detailed requests. Cameron outlines some generic and already well-known areas in which Britain would like to see progress.

After the Torpor, Green Shoots? ‘Modest Recovery’ Forecast for Europe as Global Economic Outlook Strengthens despite Emerging Markets Difficulties (11/9)

By James D. Spellman, Strategic Communications LLC

Despite global economic difficulties, especially those spilling over from the downturn in China and other emerging markets, a modest recovery is forecast for Europe next year. These “green shoots” come as the European Central Bank decides in early December whether to expand its programs to jumpstart economic growth and avoid deflation, “quantitative easing 2.”