UK Defense Secretary Tough on Iran, Tougher on Europe

Philip Hammond addressed the Atlantic Council this morning in advance of a meeting with Leon Panetta.

Krugman’s Fear Mongering

Paul Krugman’s latest column, “Depression and Democracy,” is simply bizarre.

A Reminder of Turkey’s Disposition

Just a reminder: Turkey is a NATO ally.

Eurozone Too Big To Save?

“The debt crisis is burrowing ever deeper, like a worm, and is now reaching Germany.”

Russia on Combat Alert over NATO Missile Defense

We’re hearing the howls of a wounded bear.

EU Bars Claim That Water Prevents Dehydration

From Europe, a case of regulation gone nuts.

Italy’s Unelected Government

Italy’s new government is comprised exclusively of un-elected experts.

Austerity Package Passes Italian Senate; Stage Set for New PM

Interesting and significant goings on in Italian politics.

Republican Candidates To Europe: Drop Dead

Last night, most of the leading Republican candidates for President acted as if Europe was on another planet.

Ciao, Silvio

Next Up: Italy

Greek Prime Minister to Resign

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will resign after the makeup of the nation’s new coalition government is decided

Europe’s Democracy Problem

My latest for The Atlantic: “For Europe, Some Fear a Conflict Between Union and Democracy”

ECB Cuts Rates

Greece’s Dangerous Gamble

The Greek referendum could be a disaster for the global economy. And might be the right thing to do.

Eurozone’s Perpetual Crisis

European leaders continue to kick the can down the road on a crisis that could bring down the global economy.

Brits End Gender Discrimination in Royal Succession

Commonwealth leaders agreed to drop rules that give sons precedence as heir to the throne and bar anyone in line for the crown from marrying a Roman Catholic.

Scotsman Jailed 8 Months For Facebook Comments

In Scotland, posting stupid things on Facebook is a “hate crime” punishable by serious jail time.

UK Blocking Internet Porn, Requires Opt-In [UPDATE: Maybe Not]

The British government has worked out a deal to block pornographic websites unless households specifically request them.

Two To Three Weeks To Prevent A Meltdown In Europe?

It’s time to start being concerned about Europe.

Russian Shocker!

NATO Support Endures

NATO is still seen as essential by 62 percent of both EU and U.S. respondents, demonstrating that the transatlantic military bond is still, despite a rough decade, firmly entrenched in American and European views of the world.

Poll: Americans Say Asia More Important To U.S. Interests Than Europe

A new poll shows that Americans are starting to look East.

Eurozone Crisis Panics Markets

A mustachioed German has once again sent the world into panic. This time, it involves euros not tanks.

Beer Bikes Banned By Bavarian Buzzkills

If you haven’t experienced the joys of peddling around Germany with 15 of your closest friends while enjoying several liters of Munich’s finest, you’re too late.

Four Years Prison For Facebook Posts

British courts are handing out swift and harsh sentences for people involved in last week’s riots, including four-year prison sentences for two 20-somethings for Facebook postings in support of the mayhem.

The Rights of Englishmen

What’s a little thing like freedom of speech when there are shops being looted and burned?

English Riots

Some thoughts on the riots (especially some US partisan responses to it).

Italy Raids S&P, Moody

Lost in the hubbub of S&P downgrading the US bond rating is news that the Italian government has the ratings agencies under criminal investigation.