A Socialist Debacle in Spain, But Uncertainty Reigns
By May 24, 2011 Read More →

A Socialist Debacle in Spain, But Uncertainty Reigns

Spain’s governing Socialist party suffered heavier-than-expected losses in local and regional elections on May 22. The party now faces pressure to call early general elections amid fears that increased political uncertainty in Spain will exacerbate Europe’s debt crisis.

Spain’s Socialist Utopia Mugged by Reality
By May 22, 2011 Read More →

Spain’s Socialist Utopia Mugged by Reality

Throngs of Spanish youth have gathered in more than 50 cities across Spain to protest skyrocketing unemployment, cutbacks to social welfare benefits and rampant corruption among Spain’s political elite.

Posted in: Spain
Europeans React to Death of Osama bin Laden
By May 6, 2011 Read More →

Europeans React to Death of Osama bin Laden

Leading newspapers and magazines in Europe have provided saturation coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden. Although initial media reaction in Europe was overwhelmingly supportive of the American commando operation, media outlets in many countries quickly regained their composure and anti-Americanism has now returned as their default position.

Posted in: Anti-Americanism
Muslim Immigration Transforms Finnish Politics
By April 28, 2011 Read More →

Muslim Immigration Transforms Finnish Politics

Finland’s political map has been redrawn in the aftermath of parliamentary elections on April 17, when the nationalist True Finns Party won more votes than the governing party and now stands on the cusp of political power.

Posted in: Finland
France: Burqa Ban Goes Into Effect
By April 14, 2011 Read More →

France: Burqa Ban Goes Into Effect

France’s much-debated “burqa ban” entered into force on April 11. The new law, which prohibits the wearing of Islamic body-covering burqas and face-covering niqabs in all public spaces in France, comes amid rising frustration that the country’s estimated 6.5 million Muslims are not integrating into French society.

Posted in: France, Islam in Europe
Why Are Pacifist Europeans Declaring War on Libya?
By March 23, 2011 Read More →

Why Are Pacifist Europeans Declaring War on Libya?

An unintended but highly illuminating irony of the military intervention in Libya is that it has exposed the duplicity behind European pacifism.

Posted in: Geopolitics, Spain
Free Speech on Trial in Austria
By January 21, 2011 Read More →

Free Speech on Trial in Austria

The trial of Austrian anti-Sharia activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for “denigrating” Islam has major implications for free speech in Europe.

Spain Goes on Mosque-Building Spree
By December 30, 2010 Read More →

Spain Goes on Mosque-Building Spree

The city of Barcelona has agreed to build an official mega-mosque with a capacity for thousands of Muslim worshipers. The new structure would rival the massive Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, currently the biggest mosque in Spain. The Barcelona mayor’s office says the objective is to increase the visibility of Muslims in Spain, as well […]

Posted in: Islam in Europe, Spain, Spain
NATO Decides its Future
By November 19, 2010 Read More →

NATO Decides its Future

The leaders of the 28 member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meet in Lisbon, Portugal on November 19-20 to chart the future course of the transatlantic military alliance. The gathering in Lisbon is being billed as one of the most important summits in the history of the alliance.

Spain: A Political Risk Analysis
By June 1, 2010 Read More →

Spain: A Political Risk Analysis

Spain’s debt-laden Socialist government is caught in a Catch-22 situation in which it has failed to satisfy conflicting demands to cut its budget and stimulate job creation and economic growth. If the government cuts public spending to the level needed to reduce the deficit, it will drag down economic growth and make it more difficult […]

Britain’s Looming Defense Budget Squeeze
By April 22, 2010 Read More →

Britain’s Looming Defense Budget Squeeze

Although neither candidate has spelled out exactly where the budget axe will fall, military spending will almost certainly take a hit in coming years, regardless of who leads the next government. In fact, all three candidates say the status quo on military spending is unsustainable, and all are calling for a post-election strategic defense review […]

European Union: Global Security Actor or Paper Tiger?
By March 15, 2010 Read More →

European Union: Global Security Actor or Paper Tiger?

The future direction of European defense is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the NATO experience in Afghanistan has cast into stark relief the limits of European military capacities, not only at the operational but also at the political levels. On the other hand, the recently enacted Lisbon Treaty offers important new opportunities to […]