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"Macron has repeatedly said he was the only barrier between the French voter and populism".

Macron must avert misfortune in 2027

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

More than 17 percent: the gap is still large between extreme right and the Elysee. But the task ahead for the re-elected President is extremely difficult, he has to close a deep rift in French society

"Fighting disinformation with censorship is a mistake, wrote the European Federation of Journalists in a press release in which it opposed the EU measure".

Freedom of the Press? Apparently not always…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The decision to ban Russian media in the European Union did not deserve much attention

"Macron must be careful not to suffer the same fate as US President George Bush in 1992, who campaigned on his foreign policy after the Gulf War".

La France: the tale of two countries

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 13, 2022

In France, the political earthquake of 2017 continues. Emmanuel Macron is doing well with the ‘couche superieure’ of the French society; Marine Le Pen can count on the votes of ‘la France d’en bas’

The latest report form the IPCC climate panel was released on Monday, focusing on this one question: how can we reduce greenhouse emissions quickly and dramatically to avoid an inhospitable climate future?

It is enough!

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The first Kyoto climate treaty is now in his early thirties. Despite all promises, annual CO2 emissions have increased by no less than 60 percent since then

Maybe you remember that during his presidential campaign, Biden often reproached Donald Trump that ‘words matter’. Isn’t that especially true in times of war?

Biden’s nine words too much…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 30, 2022

‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power’, the nine explosive words Joe Biden uttered Saturday night at the end of a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw

"War or not, in Poland the dismantling of the rule of law and democracy continues shamelessly".

Rule of law? Not now: it is war

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Last week the heads of government of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia took the train to Kiev

Will China learn form Russia and invade Taiwan by force as well?

Ukraine, China, Taiwan, US

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Taiwan is a democratic island that has been autonomous for years and which, according to China, ‘must return to the motherland’

"Behind the scenes, Western politicians have heavily influenced the politics of corrupt Ukraine".

The Cold War reborn

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 9, 2022

For decades there have been warnings about what it would mean if NATO moves east

"It is clear. The situation demands more political urgency. Our planet is in danger".

The war against climate change also demands political urgency

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The consequences and impact of climate change are greater than previously thought, the UN climate panel says in its new report. Poor countries suffer the most, but also for Europe too

"What will be Putin’s answer on the new western sanctions on Russia? Russia is the second-largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia and the world’s top producer of natural gas".

Ukraine-Russia tensions: oil price surge on supply fears

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Military analysts say Russia currently has too few soldiers on Ukraine’s borders to completely conquer and take over the country

After a three hour talk with German Chancellor Scholz, Russian President Putin confirmed withdrawal of some troops on the Ukrainian border.

The continuing story…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 16, 2022

What a disappointment for President Biden, Warlord Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and other hawks

Russia wants to work more with long-term contracts, not illogical, the company wants certainty.

Russian gas: eastward or westward?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Let it be clear. Russia is honouring its long-term gas contracts. Gazprom has only stopped selling gas in short term. Nobody can force it to do that

"The situation is changing. Even Ukraine has suggested a Russian attack is not imminent".

War with Russia, a chance for Johnson?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Boris Johnson is in big troubles, not only with his voters, but also in the UK Parliament with the opposition and with MP’s of his own Conservative party

By including some nuclear and natural-gas electricity generation, ‘Brussels’ seeks to unlock hundreds of billions of euros in private and government investment for climate-friendly projects.

EU’s crazy war on natural gas

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The European Commission this month said nuclear and natural-gas power can be climate-friendly after all

A few years ago, Roberta Metsola joined her Maltese EP colleagues in saying they were ‘categorically against abortion’.

European Parliament elects an anti-abortion President

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Roberta Metsola has been elected as the youngest ever President of the European Parliament and the first woman in the role for 20 years

Looking at the map, you see Russia flanked at the western and south side by 9 NATO memberstates: the 3 Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Is Russia preparing to invade Ukraine?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, January 10, 2022

Are Russian forces getting ready for war in Ukraine? That is the (faked?) fear among Western leaders and the comedian who is now President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky

According to German daily Bild, Scholz is looking for a ‘fresh start’ for Germany’s policy on Russia and might be planning a meeting with Russian President Putin.

New Bundeskanzler on collision course with Green top ministers

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The Green party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck succeeded in establishing themselves a prominent position in the German government

A day after Lithuania decided to recall its diplomats from Beijing, the 27 EU leaders meeting in Brussels devoted little time to the unprecedented spat.

‘China humiliates the EU’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, December 20, 2021

As EU member state Lithuania sought to deepen diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Beijing made an example of the Baltic country by flexing its massive trade muscle and stopping imports of Lithuanian goods

 Would a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics make a difference? Not for the participants and the millions of watchers at home.

Would a diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics make a difference?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Would a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February make a difference? Should western politicians stay away because of ongoing human rights violations in China?

Tajani tweeted: ‘Long live Christmas. Long live the EU of the common sense’.

European Commission’s ‘woke’ U-turn

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 1, 2021

At the end of October, Helena Dalli, the Maltese European Commissioner for Equality launched ‘Commission guidelines for inclusive communication’

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