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The Risks of Democratic Party Unity

November 24, 2017

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Victories in state-level elections in New Jersey and Virginia on November 7th have buoyed Democratic hopes for an anti-Trump wave among the population that will lead to a big victory in next year’s mid-term elections, and permanently damage President Trump heading towards 2020. Yet there is significant risk in hoping that anti-Trump sentiment will be […]

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Catalonia and the ‘Europe of Regions’

October 24, 2017

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- by Andrew Spannaus – Political debate across Europe has been shaken by the clash between the pro-independence faction in the Spanish region of Catalonia, and the national institutions of Spain, raising thorny issues about autonomy, national sovereignty and the European Union. The Catalans, who organized a referendum on independence that was formally prohibited and […]

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Positive Signs for Italian Industry

October 13, 2017

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Orders for Italian machine tools jumped in the third quarter of 2017, seeing an increase of 14.7% compared to the same period last year. The data published by the Research and Business Culture Center of UCIMU, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation manufacturers’ association, show the excellent performance of the internal market, +68.2% compared […]

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Poverty Remains High in Italy

October 6, 2017

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Poverty levels in Italy remain significant, but essentially unchanged in recent years, after the rapid rise starting 2010 following the international financial crisis and the Euro crisis in particular. In its “Discussion Note” for September 2017, the Prometeia research association stresses that in Italy the categories “at risk of poverty” and “working poor” are above […]

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Populism, Poverty and the German Elections

September 22, 2017

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With German Chancellor Merkel expected to win reelection on Sunday, the European elites may celebrate having turned back a populist surge, but their neo-liberal policies continue to fuel discontent, says Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus The citizens of Germany will head to the polls this Sunday, in the last of a series of elections in […]

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Lavrov Still Seeks Cooperation with US

September 21, 2017

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed his hope that relations between the United States and Russia can improve under the Trump Administration, despite recent setbacks. “Well, the relations are very difficult and at a very low point, which is the legacy of the [Barack] Obama administration,” Lavrov told the Russian news agency TASS. In his […]

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

September 21, 2017

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After over two years of fighting and bombing by Saudi Arabia, that supports the goverment forces against the Houthi faction, the conflict in Yemen does not seem close to a final solution. According to a report published last Monday, September 18, by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately two million […]

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New Sanctions on North Korea

September 13, 2017

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- by Andrew Spannaus – The United Nations Security Council has approved new sanctions on North Korea in relation to the nuclear test of Sept. 3. The measures ended up being weaker than what the United States had originally requested, due to the compromises needed to guarantee support from Russia and China, which agreed to […]

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At War Against China

September 9, 2017

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(free) – by Paolo Balmas – In an interview with the American Prospect published just two days before leaving the White House on August 18th, 2017, then chief strategist of the Trump administration Steve Bannon argued that the United States is at war, an economic war against China. According to Bannon, Washington should focus “maniacally” […]

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The Deep Roots of Europe’s Migrant Crisis

August 17, 2017

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- by Andrew Spannaus – European nations have been thrown into a political crisis by the hundreds of thousands of migrants coming north from the Middle East and Africa. The number has grown in recent years, due to a mix of wars and poverty, resulting in a visible increase of the influx of foreigners across […]

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