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The National Question

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It is common wisdom that Europe’s overly secretive and entangling web of alliances at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries were responsible for the horror of the First World War. When Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz and Sophie Ferdinand on the streets of Sarajevo, the inevitable countdown to war began and […]

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Victory Day: A Window into Russia

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Yesterday was Victory Day in Russia, one of the most important celebrations in that country’s calendar. It marked the official end of the Second World War for the Soviet Union, the day the Nazi serpent was finally crushed under the iron boot of the gallant Red Army and the articles of surrender were signed in […]

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Implications of European Disunion on Small State Independence

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Eight years after the eruption of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the European Union has failed to regain even a semblance of normalcy. Unlike the United States, which has returned to something approximating full employment[1], many member states remain stuck with stubbornly high unemployment, locked in deflation and experiencing almost non-existent economic […]

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French Regional Elections Warn of Impending Disaster for EU

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Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front (FN – Front National) has pulled off a historic electoral performance in last night’s regional elections in France[1]. These regional election will select the members of the regional assemblies of metropolitan France, Corsica, Guyana and Martinique as well as 18 presidencies: those presidencies where a majority is not achieved […]

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The Fear of the Other Europe by Reva Bhalla

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The Fear of the Other Europe is republished with permission of Stratfor. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Refugees are a natural byproduct of revolution. Stripped of status and security in the throes of political change, the masses will tend to sacrifice a life of […]

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Europe: The Coming Storm

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Europe’s leaders continue to maintain an outward appearance of calm and assurance, preaching the green shoots of growth, the improvements to European banks’ capitalization and to their successful management of this year’s slate of crises – from Ukraine to Greece to Syria. This is, of course, propaganda: somewhat true, but mostly false and meant to […]

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Au Revoir Charlie, Bon Jour Marine

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Anger. Outrage. Indignation. Rejection. But not surprise. Those were my feelings last Wednesday[1] when I saw the initial reports and videos of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Attacks against Western soft targets have become increasingly frequent, and Charlie was an obvious and appealing one for its always satirical and often sexually revealing or humiliating […]

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Europe: Too Much Germany and Not Enough Britain?

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On May 10th, Angela Merkel hosted her French counterpart, François Holland, in the German coastal city of Stralsund. The event was planned as a show of unity, with joint statements on the future of the Euro and the Union’s response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. And after 20 hours of discussions, the two did […]

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Spanish “Government By Decree” Continues To Hinder Investment

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Spain wants to attract foreign investment, yet the supposedly “pro-business” government continually makes these idiotic and egregious faux pas that reminds everyone that Spain remains solidly a Fifth World country. The story – in Spanish – explains that the Spanish Treasury has decided to levy fines on multinationals that aggressively plan their cash flows and […]

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Spanish Death Spiral Continues

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Spanish 5- and 10-year bonds are now priced as riskier than those of Ireland. In fact, the divergence between the Irish and Spanish issues has become a gulf since the Spanish bank bailout. This is, at least in part, due to the difference in attitudes between the two governments: Ireland adopted a “clean sweep” approach […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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