Paul Hockenos

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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 »

Staying on an official visit in Hungary new Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, right, and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban inspect the honour guards during the welcoming ceremony in front of the parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)

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 »