The European Union has just concluded its quinquennial ritual of choosing the leaders of its major institutions. This process has, especially since the introduction of the spitzenkandidaat process in 2014, been subject to much criticism for not being very transparent. This is clearly an invalid debate for two reasons. The first is that none of
Josh Friedman embarks upon a day of border hopping in Central Europe complete with a look inside and out of the microstate Liechtenstein and an examination of the complex web of borders or lack thereof in the region. Find out which Central European borders goods and/or people can traverse freely. When it comes to
"I don't want these people in Bulgaria," Dinko Valev, Bulgaria's renowned "refugee hunter," says of the asylum seekers entering Europe during recent migrant waves. Valev (aka Dinko from Yambol) obtained fame and possibly fortune after he tied up a group of asylum seekers, filmed them lying on the ground and called the police to pick them up.
With major national elections less than two months away, prominent European nationalists gathered in Koblenz, Germany Saturday for a 2017 populism kick-off conference. The gathering was a meeting of Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parliament group that includes the likes of France’s National Front, Holland’s Party of Freedom and Germany’s Alternative for
In a deadly start to Christmas week, a Turkish police officer assassinated Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, and a man drove a truck through Berlin’s central Christmas market, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. Additionally, a gunman opened fire in a Muslim prayer center in Zurich Switzerland, wounding three people. All
European Commission VP Kristalina Georgieva walking to the Saturday night banquet at the 2016 Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Hannah Borno By JOSH FRIEDMAN At a conference attended by two prime ministers, the king of the Netherlands, the CEO of Shell and the chairman of Google, one would think a European Union
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger strolls to dinner at the 2016 Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. Protesters heckle Kissinger as he traverses what has been dubbed "the catwalk" or "the walk of shame" at Bilderberg 2016.
Josh Friedman reports from Dresden, Germany, the site of the 2016 Bilderberg conference. Who is in attendance? What is going on? Longtime Bilderberg correspondents Dan Dicks and Luke Rudkowski add their input: So does Charlie Skelton, who has been covering Bilderberg for The Guardian since 2009:
Welcome to Sumte, Germany:
Josh Friedman kicks off a trip around Germany in Frankfurt, the city of the euro. As the refugee crisis has taken center stage in Europe, many people have forgotten that all is not well with the currency that is supposed to be ensuring stability across the continent.
Josh Friedman reports from within the march. Hundreds of far-right German nationalists marched through the city of Dortmund Saturday. Many of the demonstrators yelled chants calling for national socialism while walking through the city streets. German riot police marched alongside the nationalists, creating a barrier between them and the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of counter-demonstrators
Hotel de Bilderberg, site of the first conference The Bilderberg Group, an organization of European and North American elites from business and politics, has announced its 2016 meeting will take place June 9-12 in Dresden, Germany. Bilderberg meetings occur annually at hotels or resorts in Europe or North America. The meetings are closed
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Seven countries issue passports that provide more visa-free travel options than the U.S. passport, according to recently released rankings. German citizens have the world's top travel document. Henley & Partners (H&P), a residence and citizenship planning firm, ranks passports based on the number of countries and territories to which they provide visa-free access.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's job approval fell from 58 percent to 46 percent in the monthly "Deutschlandtrend" polls commissioned by public broadcaster ARD, Deutsche Welle reports. Also, 81 percent of those polled said the German government does not have the refugee situation under control.
Relive the 2015 edition of the European refugee crisis in a series of video reports from the Balkans and beyond. More than 1 million asylum seekers arrived in Europe in 2015, the majority of whom beached in Greece and traveled across the Western Balkans to reach more prosperous European Union states. Interviews with asylum seekers from
The European Central Bank, also known as the ECB was struck by protests today. The whole affair involved the arrest of nearly 400 anti capitalists with one agenda. They seek to try to make Mario Draghi and their colleagues go back on opening the new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Once again the Occupy Movement shows its