Tag: Europe

Brexit and the failure of European unification

The citizens of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union.   In doing so, they have undone a half-millennium of work toward pacifying the most war-torn continent on the planet earth.   Europe has always been at war with itself. The Pax Romana never fully pacified the Germanic tribes. Strife was frequent […]

After the referendum: Chaos was predicted and chaos has ensued

IT IS just 50 hours since the referendum result was announced. In that time, Britain’s prime minister has resigned, there has been a coup against the leader of the Labour party (still playing out as I write), sterling has had one of its biggest one-day falls in history, the banks are starting to talk about […]

Historic Brexit vote sends shockwaves through Europe, with calls for a slimmer EU

The British people’s vote to leave the European Union sent shock waves through that continent on Friday morning, strengthening those forces within the remaining 27 member EU states who want their governments to make a similar exist.   EU officials did their best to do damage control with its council president Donald Tusk stating: “this […]

Brexit Vote Sends Pound to 31-Year Low, Pummeling Markets

LONDON — Stock markets crashed, oil prices tumbled and the pound fell to a 31-year low on Friday as Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave the European Union shocked investors and dragged the region, the world’s largest economic bloc, into a new era of uncertainty.   Investors rushed to dump European shares as soon as markets […]

The Economist explains: What happens now that Britain has voted for Brexit

BRITAIN has voted for Brexit. What happens now? Nothing immediate, is the answer for EU nationals living in Britain and Britons living elsewhere in the EU, as well as for businesses on both sides of the Channel. It will all depend on negotiations that could take years—and no one is sure quite how many years, […]

Abbas to European Parliament: ‘Help us end the occupation’

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas strongly criticized Israel during his Thursday address to the European Parliament in Belgium but stressed that his hands were outstretched for peace.   Abbas said Israel is growing more extreme, both in terms of the settlers and the IDF, which he said carries out “unlawful killings.” He also said that […]

Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019

Russia is likely to deploy advanced nuclear-capable missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad by 2019, casting the move as a reply to a U.S.-backed missile shield, and may one day put them in Crimea too, sources close to its military predict.   That would fuel what is already the worst standoff between Russia and […]

‘Brexit’ Referendum: 46 Million Eligible to Vote on Future in EU

Europe held its breath Thursday as the U.K. began voting in a national referendum on whether or not to quit the European Union, with the outcome predicted to be on a knife-edge after a months-long and bitterly divisive campaign.   Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) with a record-setting 46.5 million people […]

Abbas: Israel must end its regional hegemony if it’s serious about peace

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to end its “regional domination” during a press conference he held Wednesday in Brussels in advance of his scheduled address the next day before the European Parliament.   “If Israel seeks peace with its Arab neighbors it has to start by ending its hegemony in the region […]

What impact will the Brexit referendum have on Israel?

While it may have huge ramifications for Britain, Europe, and the world’s economy, Britain’s decision on Thursday to leave or remain a part of the 28-state European Union will have little impact on Israel, Yigal Palmor, a veteran diplomat, said on Wednesday.   Palmor’s comments followed a statement made on Monday evening by Prime Minister […]