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German chancellor Angela Merkel is usually a model of diplomatic politeness when she talks in public about Germany’s allies. Not last Tuesday, however.
Towards the end of a speech in Berlin, she criticised the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and to a lesser extent the European Central Bank for responding to the global economic crisis with an unorthodox and irresponsible splurge of money creation. Unless the central banks reversed these policies, she warned, the western world would find itself in the same kind of mess 10 years from now that it’s in today. Read more
Well, that’s a good start, isn’t it? The Netherlands was the first of the European Union’s 27 countries to release exit polls on how its citizens voted in the European Parliament elections. And guess what? The Party For Freedom (PVV), a right-wing anti-immigration party led by the anti-Islamic populist Geert Wilders, is expected to finish second with more than 15 per cent of the vote and at least four of the 25 Dutch seats in the EU legislature.
In truth, people outside the Netherlands shouldn’t be surprised by the PVV’s success. Wilders has been riding high in Dutch opinion polls for quite some time. Back in March, one survey even suggested that his party would become the biggest party in the Dutch parliament if an immediate election were held. Read more
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