All The View From Europe Articles

Framing continental issues through an American lens

  • Keeping Luxury Offline

    It might soon be hard to find a discounted Louis Vuitton bag on eBay, thanks to a ruling made by the European Commission this week.  The new regulations, which come into effect in June, allow brands more control...

  • Seducing the Americans

    After a series of snubs, Europe is suddenly getting a bunch of positive attention from the US. What happened? Maybe Washington is impressed that, after a prolonged struggle to deal with Greece’s debt problems,...

  • More Poet Than President

    What kind of international political influence would the United States have if Barack Obama’s most notable characteristic were his love of haikus? Probably not very much. For the European Union, a bloc in...

  • Remembering (or Forgetting) Copenhagen

    Three months after the Copenhagen Climate Conference’s failure to reach a legally binding global emissions-reduction deal, there hasn’t been much talk of what the next step will be. But the Europeans, for whom...

  • So Much for Solidarity

    The EU's reluctance to bail out a floundering Greece raises all kinds of questions about whether or not European states will ever unify. But we sort of already knew that they don't want to. Talks of solutions to...

  • It’s Tymoshenko vs. the World

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said that she’d challenge last week’s presidential election results before she’d even lost to opposition candidate Viktor Yanukovych. But reversing this year’s results...

  • Peeling the Orange Revolution

    The excessively volatile and unpronounceable nature of Eastern European politics can make them seem futile, if not impossible to follow. But today’s elections in the Ukraine could lead to a second wave of the...

  • The Berlusconi Attack and its Potential to Breed Conspiracy Theory

    There's always a lot of chaos and confusion surrounding a physical assault made on a political figure, but yesterday's attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has the potential to shake open an...

  • Launching Old Europe Into the Internet Age

    Europe's obsession with tradition has made its venture into the Internet age a relatively slow one. BigThink recently posted about Italy's troubles with censorship, blogging and the government's tight grip on the...

  • Cash For Clunkers Backfires in Germany

    Back in February, White House environmental advisor Van Jones discussed a “Cash for Clunkers” program on BigThink as an effective tool for promoting clean energy. The plan, which provides drivers with rebate...

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