Denis MacShane

Europe: The Rise of the Extreme Right

Sweden has revealed the future direction of Europe, and not for the first time. For decades, Sweden led the way in defining the mixed model of free trade and social solidarity that became the European ideal. Not anymore.

Denis MacShane: Turkey and Europe's Conflicts

In the cold war years Turkey was unquestionably accepted as the West's most important frontier nation. Now it seems to prefer coddling Iran over backing the U.N. Security Council's harder line against Tehran. Disputes with Israel, once a key friend of Turkey, have become so bad, there is almost a rupture between the only two democracies in the region.

Greece: Germany's Election Complicates a Rescue

As the drama of Europe's debt crisis slowly unfolds, all eyes have been diverted to the wrong national subplot. The new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in Britain is surprising and historic, but it is not the potential stalemate that matters most to Europe's future and its ability to contain the Greek crisis. That stalemate is in Germany, where a once widely admired politics of coalition and compromise has glued up.

Europe's New Politics of Fear

There is a new divide in Europe. Not an iron curtain, but an iron intolerance as politicians revert to blaming minorities for their nations' woes. In Western Europe it is Muslims.

As Europe Dithers

Not since the 1930s have international politics been in such flux. Rising states such as China, India, Turkey, and Brazil, as well as a newly assertive Russia, are challenging the old democracies as never before.

The Death of Switzerland

The economic crisis and rising xenophobia are breaking down the great Swiss myths and undoing this once unique model nation.

The Dismal Race to Lead Europe

Who wants to be President of the European commission? In theory it's one of the most powerful jobs in the world. You head the world's biggest economic bloc, receive an automatic invite to G8 meetings, and your calls get taken by prime ministers and presidents the world over.

Denis MacShane On How The Left Can Rise Again

This should be the left's big chance in Europe. Capitalism is in crisis. Growth is collapsing. Unemployment is rising, and the state is back in business. The time is ripe for the left to push a coherent alternative to the right's free-market vision of the world.

Beware the European Street

Everyone knows about the "Arab Street," to which most policymakers listen with care. But now may be the time of the European street. More and more disenchanted citizens are deciding that the politics of the street make more sense than their ruling politicians.

Denis MacShane on What A McCain Victory Would Mean

If John McCain becomes the next U.S. president, it will send europe into a fit of despair not seen on the old continent in decades. After all, Barack Obama is Europe's candidate, so much so that French President Nicolas Sarkozy—so happy to spend a vacation day with George W.

'Welcome To Natoland'

Of all the lazy thinking in Europe's capitals, the laziest is the notion that the next U.S. administration will usher in a new era of sweetness and light in transatlantic relations.

Commentary: A Revolution Is Possible

The 18th-century French philosopher Diderot, visiting the Netherlands in 1773, reported that it "was more interested in getting richer than getting bigger." France, by contrast, has always been more obsessed with le rang—rank and status.

The Dynamic Duo

Want to know Europe's dirty little secret? You won't hear it from the locals grousing as the EU goes into talks on a new constitution. But the truth is that the Union is working.

A Man With Vision?

The pictures on the BBC news last week were grim. Third World despair as queues of hungry, homeless men and women huddled under thin tents or gratefully accepted soup and bread from charities.

And Now Come The Realists?

When Donald Rumsfeld quit, no one in Europe noticed. He had long been a dead man walking. But it was different with the news that John Bolton had resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

No Problem With the Veil

Must one be more muslim than Mohammed?" It's astonishing how often I am asked this question. Europeans are finally waking up to the fact that it is Islamism, not Islam, that is hostile to everything Europe holds dear.

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