To hear it from politicians and political commentators, Germany is helpless in the face of a mounting refugee crisis — after accepting more than a million over the past few years, the country is bursting at the seams.
But that’s just a convenient — if dangerous — narrative for our immigration-wary times. In fact, Germany is moving at full speed with a plan to channel those refugees into its work force. Germany’s political class is doing the country an egregious disfavor by soft-pedaling its muscular, state-of-the-art efforts in labor market integration.
Germany does indeed face a demographic crisis, but it’s not from the influx of refugees.… Seguir leyendo »
The original East bloc was the swath of countries cutting through Cold War Europe’s middle — from Poland to Bulgaria — that endured four decades of Soviet-imposed communist rule.
The unloved labels of “East bloc” and “Eastern Europe” were demonstrably cast off when the velvet revolutions of 1989 swept across the region, upending the Moscow-loyal regimes and paving the way for free elections and multiparty democracy.
Europe’s communist satellites — and soon after the Baltics as well as Yugoslavia’s northern states, reclaimed their identity as Central Europeans — proudly asserting sovereignty and reconnecting to nationalist and democratic traditions dormant since 1945.… Seguir leyendo »