Weekend Roundup: Refugees and the ‘Left Behind’ Rock Europe


Nathan Gardels is the editor-in-chief of Noema Magazine.

A flood of desperate refugees from across the Mediterranean and the related surge of indignant fringe parties, including now from iconic, self-satisfied Denmark, are battering the discredited political establishment in Europe.

Writing from London, Mark Leonard argues that the contest in Europe today is not between right and left; it is a revolt of the left behind masses against the “cosmopolitan” and “metrosexual” elites. Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, says in an interview that what Europe needs is “pragmatic solutions, not big debates” when resolving the Greek financial crisis.

In the southern nations enduring austerity policies, that revolt has brought left populists like Syriza to power in Greece and bolstered Podemos in Spain. Moving north, it has empowered the anti-immigrant, anti-EU National Front in France and the anti-refugee Danish People’s Party. Writing from Copenhagen, Fabrizio Tassinari and Christine Nissen explain how Europe’s concept that security is best guaranteed by opening borders instead of erecting barriers is being tested. Joergen Oerstroem Moeller chronicles how the Greek crisis evolved despite the fact that it has received massive infrastructure investment from the rest of Europe. Christoph Asche of HuffPost Germany talks to young Greeks who want to change their country. Former World Bank Vice President Otaviano Canuto traces the fiscal crisis of nations to their lack of saving a “rainy day” fund reserve to counter cyclical downturns.

In this week’s “Forgotten Fact,” we look at why Greece’s bailout money doesn’t really end up in Greece.

Roque Planas reports from Santo Domingo and Laguna Salada on another refugee crisis, this one involving the expulsion of Haitians from the Dominican Republic.

World editor Eline Gordts considers why other nations change gun laws after massacres like the one last week in South Carolina, but not America.

As deadly attacks surfaced in three countries on three different continents on Friday, World editor Charlotte Alfred looks at how the world is reeling from the wave of terror that rocked Tunisia, Kuwait and France. Friday also saw a historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage across the country. We look at how the rest of the world reacted to America’s giant step toward equality for its LGBT citizens.

Noted scholar John Esposito and his colleagues claim that the recent elections in Turkey and Tunisia prove that Islam is compatible with democracy. India’s political enfant terrible, Shashi Tharoor, says that India, China and the rest of the leading emerging economies will no longer wait for a seat at the table of the American dominated world order and are creating their own global institutions. Keynesian scholar Robert Skidelsky writes “Eurasia is an idea whose time has come” and that China’s effort to build a new Silk Road across the region is reminiscent of the 13th century Pax Mongolica. Harvard’s Joe Nye dismisses the notion that China will be more economically powerful than America anytime soon.

As the battles between the Islamic State and Kurdish fighters continue, WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Akcakale, Turkey at the Turkey-Syria border that the biggest obstacle to Kurdish victory over ISIS might not actually be ISIS. One Syrian tells her, “We’re between everyone’s feet. Syria’s over.” She also reports on a group of Syrians trying to do something revolutionary: film a television series.

In multimedia posts this week we capture the brazen Taliban bombing of Afghanistan’s Parliament building and the resilience of Syrian women refugees who tell their stories in a new documentary short. We also look at what the world looks like from its most beautiful peaks and learn why Chinese tourists aren’t going to South Africa for vacation.

In an exclusive interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that mainstream media are rife with censorship.

Writing from Stockholm, Johan Rockström lauds Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on ecology. He says he hopes the pope’s message will stem the ongoing erosion of critical “planetary boundaries” that will doom the Earth to a warming trend and in turn disrupt the narrow band of a livable climate that allows our human species and others to flourish. Former French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy explains in an interview how the global health organization, UNITAID, is fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria through small donations attached to airline tickets. As the United Nations charter turns 70, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes the opportunity to look toward a safer and sustainable future for the world. Marking Father’s Day, U.S. President Barack Obama claims that he has become a better father despite the demands of occupying the Oval Office. Futurist Vivek Wadhwa explains why India is ready for its next tech revolution. In our Singularity University series this week we look at “the sins of the future.” Finally, our column from Fusion highlights a new documentary about Malala, who says she’s “still an ordinary girl.”


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