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NATO Today or, The Joys of Herding Cats NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 54 Minutes ago
      Worth noting that Europeans are still among the biggest defense spenders in the world, the UK and France are ahead of Russia EU as  a whole second only the U.S. Obama had wanted more troops in Afghanistan last, got squat Wha...
NATO Today or, the Joys of Herding Cats NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes ago
There is much abuzz with NATO these days. The Americans are on the record as being “worried” by the austerity-related defense cuts throughout Europe, and particularly in the United Kingdom. British and French. http://secretdefense.bl...
Loving vs. the Pope NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 57 Minutes ago
Pope goes to Barcelona to speak in front of the Sagrada Familia cathedral and attack Spain’s legally recognized gay-marriages.
John McCormick's "The European Superpower" NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 57 Minutes ago
A title like The European Superpower is inevitably going to be hyperbolic. Usually, this is linked to the kind of sensationalism meant to promote a book: provocative ideas, easy to contest, they’re more likely to make a splash. Ostensibly, the...
British Europhobes and Van Rompuy's Speech: What the Man Said vs. What the Trolls Pretended to Hear NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 57 Minutes ago
Trolls are a fact of live on the internet. What we consider a little less is that professional trolls also exist very prominently in our media and politics. The best way for a little-known politician or aspiring pundit to get attention upon hims...
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 58 Minutes ago
Resumption NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours ago
Activity on this blog has slowed a bit. There’s no good reason for that other than things piling up. There’s plenty worthy of comment on the EU’s response...
The French Ideology: Great Powerdom vs. Quality of Life NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
French identity relative to other countries today is based, among other things, on two major pillars. The first is as the last European nation which aspires to be an independent great power (si, si). In the context of the limits of NATO (re...
dfsf NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Der Spiegel challenges Merkel's false stereotypes about lazy, profligate Southern Europe NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
I have long thought that opposition to social democracy, welfare or even just plain old solidarity, is often basically grounded in prejudice and racism. One sees it in the US, in Belgium between Flemish and Walloons, in Italy even between north and s...
ECB’s Praet: Why yes, bankers will be sucking out 4-6% of your GDP indefinitely NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
The ECB’s Belgian member Peter Praet has an interview with the Portuguese Jornal de Negócios with the following exchange: Jornal de Negócios: The rules of the fiscal compact, namely the debt reduction rule, imply primary...
ECB’s Mersch: ‘identity cannot be reduced to a football team’ NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
I have occasionally come across leftists and Europhiles who claimed there is no such thing as national identity, that it’s a kind of really, really stubborn optical illusion. The people in charge of Europe have often shown more common sens...
A challenge for Nation-Statists: Why is Switzerland so successful? What’s wrong with Argentina? NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
It’s no secret that I personally find the arguments of thinkers like Raymond Aron in favor of the democratic and cohesive Nation-State to be highly compelling. In their overwhelming majority, the data supports Nation-Statists. All things being...
Marine Le Pen warns against ‘clash of civilizations’ NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Appearing on the radio station France Inter on Monday (19 January), Marine Le Pen was asked about a recent video statement from fellow Front National (FN) MEP Aymeric Chauprade that, in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, France was &ldquo...
Dieudonné’s Grievances: Is there a double standard on censorship in France? NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours ago
There are few things which are as little understood outside of France as the strange and remarkable career of the Franco-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. This is evident even from the more eloquent defenders of Dieudon...
‘Belgium has the most jihadist recruits per capita in Western Europe’ (and half come from Brussels) NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Bleri Lleshi has another interesting piece in the EUobserver, this time linking terrorism to poverty and injustice. Perspectives against extremism The three perpetrators in France all spent their youth excluded and marginalised from society. We...
Poll: 57% of Europeans have ‘negative view’ of non-EU migration NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
From the latest Eurobarometer poll (see also its statistical annex): For more than half of Europeans, the statement “immigration of people from other EU Member States” evokes a positive feeling (52%), while for 41% it evokes a negati...
ECB’s Cœuré: Eurozone will ‘always be fragile’ without Superstate NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Shortly after telling France24 what “deflation” is, French ECB Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré gave an interview to the German daily Die Welt. Money quote, when asked whether the euro could survive “...
Orbán criticized for using free speech rally to exercise free speech NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has used a free speech rally to argue against non-European immigration. Apparently he thought the murder of aged leftist cartoonists by “homegrown” violent Islamists somehow showcased some of t...
Cœuré: “Whatever the results of the elections, Greece must continue the reforms” NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
With the recent events in France, it can seem a bit trivial to focus on this ECB minutiae. I’ll have time to comment on the attacks and what seems to me to be the creeping normalization of the Front National at a later date. In the meantime, di...