Daily Archives: May 29, 2012

Gideon Rachman

GERARD CERLES/AFP/Getty Images

Gerard Cerles/AFP/Getty Images

The latest Pew poll on Europe has been given the provocative headline “European unity on the rocks”. And the survey results do indeed show that in six of eight countries surveyed, majorities believe that European integration has damaged their economies.

This is now true even of Spain (by a narrow majority) – and of France, Italy and Britain by large majorities. The only two places surveyed where majorities still think the EU has been good for prosperity are (predictably), Germany and Poland. 

By Gideon Rachman

Is this the moment when the world moves from “we can’t do anything” to “we have to do something”? The shock of the massacre of more than 100 people in the Syrian town of Houla, accompanied by horrifying pictures of dead children, is reminiscent of the impact of the shelling of Sarajevo market in 1994. The next day, the UN secretary-general called for air strikes on Serb positions surrounding Sarajevo.