The recent outbreak of measles in Italy is another confirmation of how damaging the anti-scientific stance of protest parties can be. A misleading campaign with the motto “vaccinate less, vaccinate better” by the Five Star Movement convinced a worrying number of Italian parents not to follow the doctors’ advice.
Trump’s unpopular decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change undermines the objectives of the agreement while marking the lowest moment yet in an increasingly frail transatlantic relationship. But is it really all bad news?
Trump and Merkel’s latest clash over German trade policy revives a decade-long economic power struggle within Europe. Germany’s export is booming: is it a problem? Should Berlin invest more? German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at their joint press conference in the White House in Washington, D.C, on March 17, 2017. Both … Continue reading Trump vs Merkel: German Trade on Trial and the Eurozone Crisis
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has recently taken his vision of ‘illiberal democracy’ to a new level, passing legislation aimed at driving the American-Hungarian Central European University (CEU) out of the country, as well as launching systematic attacks against the university’s founder George Soros. But with the Hungarian parliamentary elections scheduled for 2018, have … Continue reading Resistance and Resentment in Hungary: Viktor Orbán, CEU and the Budapest Olympics
Populist parties, typically on the far-right fringe of the political spectrum, are on the rise in Western democracies, and many liberals cannot believe their eyes. The media publish scandalous news stories about populist claims and policies, liberal protesters take to the streets, and traditional party politicians refuse to cooperate with the growing anti-liberal forces. But … Continue reading It is the content, stupid!
Addressing a rapid increase in socioeconomic, cultural and religious diversity is a challenge for the world’s “humanitarian superpower”. Instead of constant accusations and disagreements, discussions should focus on how to turn this diversity into an asset and prevent it from becoming a dividing force.