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The Dutch Donald: Geert Wilders Rides Populism Wave

The Dutch Donald: Geert Wilders Rides Populism Wave

March 06, 2017, 03:59 PM

With Dutch parliamentary elections approaching in mid-March, right-wing populist Geert Wilders is hopeful he can emerge on top. Already, he has managed to push other parties further to the right. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]


Erdogan's Turkey: The Absurd Trial of Journalist Ahmet Sik

Erdogan's Turkey: The Absurd Trial of Journalist Ahmet Sik

March 03, 2017, 04:50 PM

Turkish investigative reporter Ahmet Sik once uncovered the practices employed by the shadowy Gülen sect. Now, he is on trial for being an alleged member of the movement. The case highlights the capriciousness of the Turkish judiciary under Preident Erdogan. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

'Geert Peddles Illusions': Dutch Populist's Brother Speaks Out

'Geert Peddles Illusions': Dutch Populist's Brother Speaks Out

March 01, 2017, 01:27 PM

Geert Wilders routinely incites against Muslims and immigrants to court voters. In an interview, Paul Wilders explains how his brother became an Islamophobe and how he lives -- in hiding, with security and under constant fear of death threats. Interview Conducted By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]


Cut From the Same Cloth: Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

Cut From the Same Cloth: Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

February 23, 2017, 05:18 PM

Right-wing populist Geert Wilders is currently leading in the polls ahead of elections in the Netherlands  -- despite a campaign that has been conducted largely from his mobile phone. Like Donald Trump, the main weapon in his arsenal is Twitter. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

February 21, 2017, 11:52 AM

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

February 17, 2017, 06:07 PM

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

Battling for Hearts and Minds: Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine

February 17, 2017, 10:45 AM

The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn't stopped the violence -- in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn't change, unifying the country will prove impossible. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

February 17, 2017, 10:27 AM

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]

Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

Division and Fear: The Daily Mail's Dark Worldview

February 14, 2017, 12:39 PM

Britain's Daily Mail is infamous for spreading hatred and fear. The newspaper has become even more shrill following Brexit. Wikipedia banned use of the publication as a reference last week, but the decision is unlikely to change much. By Mark Rice-Oxley more... Comment ]


The Smart Phone Revolution: Young Romanians Take On Corruption

The Smart Phone Revolution: Young Romanians Take On Corruption

February 13, 2017, 02:13 PM

Romania finds itself gripped by the largest protests since 1989 as the country rallies against corruption. The pro-EU demonstrators are young, organize via social media and are targeting the country's political elite. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]