From the Doug Saunders column: “If there is one big intellectual idea that motivates people to vote for far-right movements, it is declinism: the notion that your country’s best days are in the past and that its economy and culture are being defeated.”
In the old days, Russia and Nazis were mortal enemies. In the era of Vladimir Putin, Russia is cultivating such groups as allies in the hopes of unsettling Europe.
The lede: “New Islamic State efforts to sow terror in Europe are pushing counterterrorism authorities to their limits, forcing citizens and their leaders to resign themselves to a new era where attacks may be a fact of life, not an exception.”
The lede: “The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party has signed what he called a cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party and recently met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the designated national security adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump of the United States.”
As I checked Twitter feverishly on Thursday night, the news I was dreading to hear broke around 10:50 p.m. MDT: The BBC was projecting a victory by the Leave side of the Brexit referendum. The final tally wouldn’t be known for a few hours later (about 7:20 a..m. in London). The Leave camp had won […]
The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon visits Peterborough in Britain and Styria, Austria to find that a dislike of the other and a desire to return to an imagined version of the past and avoid a fervidly imagined future are driving citizens in both places towards populist, right-wing politics.
Adopting the letter-to-a-friend approach, the Globe and Mail penned a solid editorial advising residents of the U.K. why they should vote “remain” in the Brexit referendum.
The Globe and Mail wrote a strong editorial condemning the deal reached between Greece and its creditor nations, particularly Germany, saying austerity alone won’t put Greece back on a strong economic track.
From the New York Times (“Greece Financial Crisis Hits Poorest and Hungriest the Hardest“): As Athens takes on the aura of Soviet Russia, with lines of people outside banks waiting to receive their daily cash allowance, some aid groups are seeing their supply channels narrow. By some accounts, lines for food, clothing and medicine have […]
About 61 per cent of Greeks who voted in Sunday’s convoluted (the question was 73 words long) said no to more austerity measures in exchange for European financial support. Now the tea leaves will be aggressively read to see exactly what that means for the proud, destitute Greeks.