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A Turning Point for Europe

Posted by hkarner - 16. April 2017

The rise of European populism in 2016 gave new urgency to longstanding efforts to unify European Union and eurozone member states around shared social, political, and economic goals. Following the French and German elections this year, Europe may have a new opportunity – perhaps its last – to do just that.

APR 14, 2017 Benedicta Marzinotto, Project Syndicate 

FLORENCE – After the annus horribilis of 2016, when the United Kingdom decided to withdraw from the European Union and Donald Trump won the US presidency, the first months of 2017 have given Europeans new cause for hope.

In the Netherlands’ recent general election, the anti-EU populist Geert Wilders fell short of expectations, and suffered a relative defeat at the ballot box. And in Austria’s presidential election last December, the pro-European candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, defeated the far-right nationalist Norbert Hofer.

Many observers saw these elections as referenda on European integration itself. But the true test of European solidarity will come next month in the second round of the French presidential election, in which the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen has only a slim chance of beating a more centrist candidate such as Emmanuel Macron or François Fillon. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What We Really Need Is Fake Good News

Posted by hkarner - 16. April 2017

Date: 14-04-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Joe Queenan

Some proposals: Elvis is alive. Several teams won the Super Bowl 

Fake news is a huge problem, but not for the reason people think. Fake news isn’t harmful because it spreads lies. It’s harmful because it’s bad news. It depresses us and makes us feel threatened. What’s the point of fake news if it makes us feel worse than the real news?

Fake Rolexes and fake fur don’t make their owners feel bad. A fake Monet painting, if well done, can cheer a viewer immensely. Turkey burgers, artificial sweeteners and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter rarely ruin anybody’s day. Fake medications can be good for you—look it up, it’s called the placebo effect. Just because something is fake doesn’t mean it can’t be useful or life-affirming or fun. Without fake friends, fake resumes and fake emotions, life couldn’t go on. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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