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Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern is Senior Analyst for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook.
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The Rise and Fall of Baltasar Garzón

Friday, February 17th, 2012 - by Soeren Kern

The global Left has been deprived of one of its most ambitious legal activists.

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United States of Europe One Step Closer to Reality?

Monday, December 12th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

The make-or-break summit convened in Brussels to avert the collapse of Europe’s single currency set the stage for yet another anti-democratic European power grab.

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Europe Declares War on American Ratings Agencies

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

European leaders hope they can sweep Europe’s financial problems under the rug by shooting the (American) messengers of bad news.

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Europe’s Debt Crisis Arrives in Italy

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

Will Italy become the next European country to need help managing its debts?

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Seven Reasons Why Corruption Reigns in Spain

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

Where it's safer to be a crooked politician than a thief robbing banks or stealing handbags from old ladies.

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Europeans Are Major Force Behind Second Gaza Flotilla

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

Socialists have joined arms with Islamists in a "Red-Green Alliance" aimed at isolating and delegitimizing Israel.

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Europe Becomes Obama’s Re-Election Campaign ‘Prop’

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

Obama’s six-day trip to Europe — high on style but low on substance — was far more about creating photo opportunities than it was about strengthening the transatlantic relationship.

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A Socialist Debacle in Spain, But Uncertainty Reigns

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

Spain’s governing Socialist Party just suffered heavy losses in municipal elections, but the opposition conservative party hasn't outlined a long-term plan to restore the country's economic health.

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Spain’s Socialist Utopia Mugged by Reality

Saturday, May 21st, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

A massive wave of social unrest in cities across Spain, dubbed the Spanish Revolution, reflects the failure of the social welfare state model to provide Spanish youth with a future, much less a present.

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The European Media Reacts to Death of Osama Bin Laden

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

European journalists have focused on whether the killing was permissible under international law; some are now calling for an international commission to investigate the American action.

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Why Is (Pacifist) Spain Selling Cluster Bombs to Libya?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

While Spain’s Socialist government publicly preaches the virtues of post-modern pacifism, in private it is busy selling weapons to some of the most odious and repressive regimes in the world.

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How Postmodern Socialism Destroyed Spain

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

A case study on how incompetent politicians, blinded by postmodern socialist ideology and prone to reckless government spending, combined with voter apathy, can drive a nation into the ditch.

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European Dis-Union in Libya

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

In the absence of American leadership in Libya, Europeans are looking more and more like the Keystone Kops. It would be funny if it were not so serious.

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Why Are Pacifist Europeans Declaring War on Libya?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

An unintended but highly illuminating irony of the military intervention in Libya is that it has exposed the duplicity behind European pacifism.

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Europe’s Ticking Demographic Time Bomb

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

The days of Europe’s highly vaunted cradle-to-grave social welfare state are numbered.

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Free Speech on Trial in Austria … and Europe

Friday, January 21st, 2011 - by Soeren Kern

The trial of Austrian anti-Sharia activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for “denigrating” Islam has major implications for free speech in Europe. (Also read Michael Ledeen: "Islamophobia")

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Europe’s Future Lies, Ominously, with Spain

Monday, November 29th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

The European Union is facing an existential crisis, and all eyes are now on Spain to see what happens next.

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NATO Decides Its Future

Friday, November 19th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

NATO members are preparing to meet in Portugal for what may be one of the most crucial summits in the alliance’s 61-year history.

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Europeans React to Pummeling of Dems in Midterm Elections

Friday, November 5th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

European media elites are almost unanimous in their assessment of the outcome: the much-ballyhooed Barack Obama — and his efforts to remake America in Europe’s image — is in trouble.

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Tea Party Movement Is Europe’s Latest Anti-American Bogeyman

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

Fearful that disenchanted voters in Europe may try to replicate the American Tea Party movement on European soil, media outlets across the continent are resorting to anti-Americanism in an effort to discredit American voters.

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Is Cash-Strapped Britain Losing the Will to Defend Itself?

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

Dramatic defense cuts signal a global military withdrawal by a Britain that lacks both the economic means and the political will to continue projecting power beyond its own shores.

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Is Turkey Using Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds?

Sunday, August 15th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

Just weeks after the global media outrage over Israeli "crimes against humanity" in Gaza, the mainstream media is keeping strangely silent over allegations that Turkey is using chemical weapons against its own citizens in Kurdistan.

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Europeans Debate Leaked Afghanistan War Logs

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

European media are divided over the significance of the leaked Pentagon documents, but many are urging the West to cut and run from Afghanistan.

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Britain Debates New ‘Post-American’ Foreign Policy

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

Britain wants to boost its geopolitical influence abroad. But efforts to weaken London’s “special relationship” with Washington will only end up reducing Britain’s role on the global stage.

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Europeans React Skeptically to McChrystal Debacle

Friday, June 25th, 2010 - by Soeren Kern

There's a feeling that the departure of McChrystal is an indictment of Barack Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan, and may increase the pressure on European governments to withdraw their troops from the country.

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