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A Path for Le Pen?

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The first round of the French Presidential elections was held on the 24th of April and Europe breathed a sigh of relief as Marine Le Pen, the anti-EU leader of the National Front, came in second place to political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. The two outsiders were neck-and-neck in last weeks of the campaign, leading to […]

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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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The Bomb

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The Bomb The European Union in 2017 has the appearance of a sickly old man with so many ailments that it is hard to know whether he’ll be carried off by pneumonia, blood poisoning or stroke. The continent lurches from crisis to crisis while Brussels struggles to find policy responses that go beyond “kick the […]

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The New Face of Europe

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Paris continues to be rocked by protests and urban violence directed at French police and allegations that they are deliberately targeting minority groups and poor neighborhoods. Most protests have been peaceful, but there have also been violent incidents with hooded and masked provocateurs burning cars – now a French tradition – and hurling paving stones […]

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Catalonia-Spain Endgame Scenarios: 2017

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Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.  In 2014, I charted five potential paths for the Catalan independence movement. I mapped the most likely progression for each […]

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Saving NATO: Europe Must Commit to a Common Defense Fund

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A version of this article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2015. Unfortunately for NATO, there is still a need for me to update it yet again in 2017. The Telegraph reported this week that the UK Ministry of Defence was unable to meet recruitment targets set for it. As a consequence, the […]

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The Road to Revolution

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Disclaimer: This article is an attempt to explain the circumstances driving the current political crisis in the West. It is not an endorsement of any of the radical politicians mentioned herein. A recent Foreign Policy article calls for “elites to rise up against the ignorant masses”. The author, James Traub, calls it the new political […]

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Crisis of the West

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The American election, which has been setting new lows for our Republic since last year, continues to plumb depths previously unknown to our free people. The news media continues to be focused on Mr. Trump’s leaked “locker room” tapes, in which the GOP candidates unabashedly admits to sexually assaulting numerous women by “grabbing their pussies” […]

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Entrevista con Jordi Sànchez i Picanyol, Presidente de la Assemblea Nacional Catalana

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Common Sense tuvo la oportunidad de entrevistar a Jordi Sànchez i Picanyol, el Presidente de la Assemblea Nacional Catalana, una organización cívica dedicada a la promoción de la lengua y cultura catalana junto con la independencia de España. El Sr. Sànchez i Picanyol fue elegido en sustitución a  la Sra. Carme Forcadell i Lluis cuando […]

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Interview with Jordi Sànchez i Picanyol, President of the Catalan National Assembly

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Common Sense had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jordi Sànchez i Picanyol, President of the Catalan National Assembly, which is a civic organization based in Barcelona and dedicated to promoting Catalan language, culture and Independence from Spain. Mr. Sànchez i Picanyol became the leader of the assembly after the former leader, Carme Forcadell i Lluis, […]

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