Europe

EU Elects First Woman President: Germany's Conservative von der Leyen

EU Elects First Woman President: Germany’s Conservative von der Leyen

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July 19, 2019

Members of the European Parliament have made history by electing the first woman as Commission President. Germany’s outgoing defence minister Ursula von der Leyen won lawmakers’ support for the role. She was voted in by a narrow majority.

Italy Prepares to Round Up Sinti and Roma

Italy Prepares to Round Up Sinti and Roma

July 19, 2019

Evoking memories of the Holocaust, when so-called “Gypsies” were targeted, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini uses his authority to call for demolition of settlements of Sinti and Roma minorities in Italy, and rounding up those who do not carry Italian identification papers for mass deportation

A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee

A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee

July 16, 2019

Victor Grossman defected to East Germany while serving in the US military in the 1950’s. His latest book recounts his assessment of life in the US, in East Germany, and in the united Germany. We discuss the book with the author

Climate to Top Agenda Under Finnish EU Council Presidency

Climate to Top Agenda Under Finnish EU Council Presidency

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July 12, 2019

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne says he intends to promote the EU’s global leadership on climate change as he takes over the 6-month EU council presidency. He appears to be serious about responding to the demands of Europe’s young people, who’ve been calling for action in Fridays for Future demonstrations

Greece’s Syriza Government Loses Election After Imposing Harsh Austerity (1/2)

Greece Elections

July 9, 2019
Former Deputy Defence Minister Costas Isychos says Greek voters punished Alexis Tsipras for betraying his anti-austerity mandate
Why is Germany's Left Struggling to Gain Traction? 

Why is Germany’s Left Struggling to Gain Traction? 

July 7, 2019

Heinz Bierbaum, a former deputy chair of Germany’s Left Party, Die Linke, discusses the recent disappointing European Parliament results, the rise of the right, the possible collapse of the Merkel government, and the Greens as a new mainstream party

What's Behind Czech Demonstrations to Oust Their Prime Minister?

What’s Behind Czech Demonstrations to Oust Their Prime Minister? 

July 2, 2019

Prof. Petr Just discusses the mass demonstration in Prague calling on Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. How does he stay in power, despite his lack of popularity and multiple scandals, and how does this fit into the rise of right-wing populism?

German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support

German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support

June 27, 2019

Shir Hever discusses the bank’s decision to close Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East’s bank account. This is the second time since Hitler that a Jewish account was closed, this time because of pressure from Israel to block the boycott and divestment movement

Germany: Fighthing to keep the village

A German Village Fights for Survival Against Coal Mining

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June 25, 2019

Germany wants to phase out climate-damaging coal power by 2038. But before that, five villages in North Rhine-Westphalia are slated for demolition so that the lignite in the ground beneath them can be mined. Villagers are to be reimbursed and resettled, but now that Germany wants to phase out coal power, many want to fight…