Iran escalation: Europe’s rightful restraint

They remember well the failures of the Iraq war and aren’t cowed by Mike Pompeo’s disapproval. Following the killing of Qasem Soleimani by American forces in Iraq, Washington and Tehran have spent days saber-rattling. Recent explosions in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad have intensified hostilities—President Trump is making direct threats against Iran on […]

Europe has no moral high ground in the Syria-Turkey conversation

Erdogan was their best friend when the EU needed a place to park millions of unwanted refugees. In response to its offensive against the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a number of European nations have implemented arms embargoes on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has confirmed that Rome will cease arms […]

[Reportage] Wiseler-Lima iwwer Agrëff a Syrien : « Behuele vun der Tierkei ass inakzeptabel »

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One war Europe won’t join

Regular readers of my contributions to this site may have noticed that I am in no way a fan of the European Union. Yet even with the EU, the stopped clock principle applies: they have to be right sometimes. And when Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, said that everyone […]

Macron the warmonger

The European Parliament, united for its plenary session in Strasbourg, France, had the pleasure of listening to its favorite political leader earlier this week: French president Emmanuel Macron.

The State of Emergency: A Monster of Our own Creation

When former French president François Hollande declared a state of emergency in November 2015, after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the government was clear on its intentions. Former prime minister Manuel Valls recommended the country remain in the state of emergency until ISIS was defeated. By that standard, it’s going to be a long time before civil […]