Russian Bear and Ukraine

By John J. Metzler - Russian tanks and mechanized infantry are churning dangerously close to Ukraine’s borders. Politicians are in overdrive trying to find new adjectives and soundbites to describe the combustable situation.  Diplomats throughout Europe and the USA are trying to stop the clock on what’s presumed to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most recent military [...]

Putin’s gas weaponization

By Jo Harper (DW) – Berlin -  Germany is pumping Russian gas back into Poland as Gazprom cuts supply to the EU. As Russia plays its hybrid war games with an increasingly divided EU, the new front appears to be the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.

Strange activity at the Yamal pipeline could be a taste of things to [...]

Playing Fire in Balkans

By Ivana Stradner – (Foreign Affairs) – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Yugoslav wars, Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II. Although the Balkan states moved toward democratic governance and integration with NATO and the European Union in the immediate aftermath of the wars, consistent neglect on the part [...]

Wind Turbines – The Truth

By Gero Rueter (DW) –  Wind power forms a crucial part of the transition to renewable energy. But it faces fierce criticism from some parts of society. Is it justified? There are many misconceptions about wind farms (Deutsche Welle analysis by Gero Rueter). As electricity grids rely more and more heavily on wind power, criticisms have become louder.

There [...]

He Will Mandate Vaccine

WebPublicaPress (New York / Berlin) - Germany could make coronavirus vaccines mandatory as early as February or March 2022, according to chancellor-in-waiting Olaf Scholz. But he insisted that the issue would be decided in parliament, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported,
As Germany faces record-breaking infection numbers and fears of the omicron variant abound, Angela Merkel’s designated successor Olaf Scholz is calling for a [...]

Austria’s Full Lockdown

WebPublicaPress (New York / Vienna) — Austrians went back into lockdown after fierce protests over the weekend, for a period of at least 10 days and potentially 20. Elswhere, Germany logged its highest seven-day incidence of the pandemic. DW has the latest, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported quoting other media sources.
Austria has struggled with rising COVID infections, [...]

Migrants as Pawns in Putin’s Hybrid Warfare

By John J. Metzler - The setting is remote.  The players are highly improbable.  Yet in the deep and forgotten forests along the Belorussian/Polish frontier, thousands of migrants from far off Syria, Iraq, and even Afghanistan are massing and milling trying to enter Poland. Why?  Because Poland forms the easternmost frontier of the European Union (EU) and thus becomes the         path to freedom [...]

Inzko’s Law in Bosnia

By Predrag Zvijerac (RFE) – The outgoing international high representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina has imposed amendments to Bosnia’s Criminal Code that prohibit and punish the denial of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, drawing an angry reaction from Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik who again called for the dissolution of the Balkan country.
The changes to the country’s [...]

Bosnia Worst in Balkans

By Dragana Erjavec (Radio Free Europe – RFE) SARAJEVO — Bosnia-Herzegovina has dug itself into a COVID-19 hole. Enfeebled politically and administratively, it was already knee-deep in trouble before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country hard — it has the third-highest per capita death rate in the world after Peru and Hungary.
But now it is slipping [...]


By John J. Metzler - European majorities seem troubled and deeply disillusioned over the ongoing COVID pandemic, which has turned into a crisis of confidence in the European Union, and equally stirred lingering doubts about the United States as a partner and ally.  
This gloomy assessment is reflected in a current poll which “finds that confidence [...]

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