If Korea joins the talks now, the controversy and social divide over the hard-won Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement would resurface and motivate the opponents of the bilateral deal to demand renegotiations on the free trade pact that is already in effect.
European leaders' outrage is synthetic; we're all in this game. But the NSA's data collection power is not necessarily an advantage.
Outrage is good, defense is better — also among friends.
After the victory against the intransigent Republicans, the first leader President Obama met at the White House was Enrico Letta. Letta did not want to raise the public debt rate. Like President Obama, Italian Prime Minister Letta won a confidence vote in Parliament after a challenge by former Prime Minister Silvio [Read more]
The United States, which emerged from the womb of Great Britain and replaced it as the Western colonial power, did not learn its lesson from the experience of others and not even from its own experience.
To understand the United States’ budgetary debate it’s not enough to focus on disputes between the Democrats and the Republicans. In every American electoral district there are voters who would support opinions and policies outside their party’s lines.
Because Obama, Merkel and Hollande are all facing domestic problems, they feed their citizens half-truths. They ride the wave of indignation about “those people on the other side of the Atlantic” rather than tell the whole truth about their own intelligence services.
It's frightening how they tamper with mutual [Read more]
Governments weigh national security interests against the rights of its citizens in secret. That development strikes at the heart of democracy.