Outsiders might be surprised to hear that some Hungarians mourn the loss of empire — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban first among them. On Thursday, he will unveil a Memorial of National Unity that includes the names of 12,000 historic municipalities “torn from their homeland” following the signing of the Treaty of Trianon, which formally ended the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary 100 years ago. The commemoration ceremony will be merely the latest installment of Orban’s long-running manipulation of history for the sake of his own political agenda and continuation of power.
In the wake of World War I, the victorious Allies imposed harsh punishments on the Central Powers.… Seguir leyendo »
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron — the self-designated cheerleader for a more ambitious and integrated Europe — concluded at the end of a fruitless six-hour teleconference with European Union leaders that “what is at stake is the survival of the European project.” A day later, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in a rare late-night address to the nation on a day that saw the highest number of deaths in Italy from coronavirus, warned that “everyone [must] understand the seriousness of the threat faced by Europe before it is too late.” Answering his own question, Mattarella noted that E.U. leaders have not.… Seguir leyendo »
This week, the American people and the world have become much more familiar with Greenland, the world’s largest island. We know that two U.S. presidents, Harry Truman (in 1946) and Donald Trump (Friday) have expressed interest in purchasing it. President Truman quoted a price of $100 million in 1946; we never learned the figure President Trump had in mind. But the offer was moot before it was proffered: Greenland is not for sale, but very much “open for business,” according to Greenland’s foreign minister and the prime minister of Denmark.
Over the past few days, there have been many questions about the possible motivations behind the president’s interest in and enthusiasm for Greenland.… Seguir leyendo »
Until the rerun of the Greek elections scheduled for June 17, we will witness an unprecedented game of brinkmanship. The game will be played along the following lines.
European political leaders will state unequivocally to the Greek electorate that it is time for them to make a stark choice: Vote for parties that will continue with the agreed reforms (the dreaded austerity) and stay within the European family or vote for parties opposed to the austerity measures and leave the euro and perhaps the European Union.
This clear and concise message was recently voiced by Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter. She declared that if Greece does not stick to the terms of its bailout program, it will not receive further aid from the EU or the International Monetary Fund.… Seguir leyendo »