It is not simply the euro zone that is threatened by the dramatic economic discrepancies that now exist among its members. Now it is the European Union itself that is in danger, mainly but not entirely because of the economic crisis inherited from Wall Street abuses
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the answer to Europe Union's problems is more political integration. But, one is left asking what closer political union can bring to the EU without a full transfer of national sovereignties to European institutions
Forward Christian Benteke scored two goals in the second half to help Belgium pull away en route to a 4-2 victory over the United States. The Belgians defeated the US for the fourth straight time
The European Union has voiced concern about low fertility as a major demographic challenge. If it stays at these low levels, the population quickly moves from growth to decline, which is already happening in Germany, despite immigration
When the proposal was initially made for a common European currency, it seemed to be a good idea. Although inexpert in economics, it struck me as an effect of a false analogy with the United States that was common in Europe at that time
The Netherlands got their first king in more than 120 years when Queen Beatrix abdicated Willem-Alexander as Europe's youngest monarch.
A huge orange-hued party followed the abdication. More than 25,000 people witnessed the signing of the abdication act from the Dam, the main square opposite the Royal Palace in Amsterdam where the signings were shown on giant screens.
Following the signing, new King Willem-Alexander, 46, his Argentine-born Queen Maxima, 41, Beatrix and other members of the government moved to neighboring Nieuwe Kerk for the enthronement ceremony.
Shortly before the oath, the new king thanked his mother for giving "many beautiful years during which she was our queen".
"I'm treading in your footsteps. I have a clear vision of my office. But no one knows what the future brings," he said. "Wherever that path leads and however far it goes, I will carry your wisdom and warmth with me," he said.
Britain's Prince Charles, Spain's Prince Felipe and Japan's Prince Naruhito and his wife, Crown Princess Masako attended the ceremony. Leaders from around the world congratulated the new king.
U.S. President Barack Obama described the Netherlands as a valued friend and hoped to see close cooperation in future.
"On behalf of the American people, (First Lady) Michelle and I congratulate His Majesty Willem-Alexander on the occasion of his investiture as King of the Netherlands, and we wish the very best to him and Queen Maxima as they assume their new roles," the president said in a statement.
When the Peace Palace, home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, opened in 1913, it was hoped it would herald a new era in international relations: one in which force of argument rather than force of arms settled international disputes
Dutch football club FC Den Bosch has apologized to AZ of Alkmaar's striker Jozy Altidore for the racist chanting he received from a small group of spectators during a match
Just as the EU has transformed Europe, it has also transformed Brussels. Brussels today is multicultural, hosting politicians and businesspeople (and immigrants) from around the globe -- and featuring a world of ethnic restaurants
Dutch champion Ajax put Premier League titlist Manchester City on the brink of a second straight group-stage exit with a 3-1 victory in a Champions League showdown
Amsterdam is a laboratory of progressive living and tolerance, bottled inside Europe's most 17th-century city. This city is a patchwork quilt of canal-bordered islands
The Nobel Committee recently awarded its prestigious top prize to 500 million people who have, for the last 65 years, made a conscious decision to live together in peace and harmony: the European Union
Seventeen economically disparate nations bound their fortunes together in creating the euro zone, and it is exactly this that has thrown the European project into crisis
The euro should now be recognized as an experiment that failed. The political goal of creating a harmonious Europe has also failed
The great economic crisis has given birth to a smaller and tighter monetary union in Europe, under the influence of a Germany that is undergoing a certain estrangement from its European partners. This amounts to a possibly dangerous wager on what the European Union will ultimately become
The euro crisis is now threatening to turn the European Union into something fundamentally different. The member countries are divided into two classes -- creditors and debtors -- with the creditors in charge
Moody's cuts its outlook for three European nations with triple-A ratings -- Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg -- as more uncertainty in the euro-zone debt crisis unfolds
Nearly every step towards total union has revealed still more of the inherent factors of disunity in Europe and has dramatized how distant 'Europe' has become from the simple and lucid ambitions of its origins
The European Union is at risk of being destroyed by the euro. The credit crisis has created divisions in Europe which are undermining what was supposed to be mutual confidence and solidarity
Denmark scored the first major upset, shocking heavy favorites Netherlands, 1-0 in the opening match of Group B or otherwise known as 'Group of Death'. In another Group B match, Germany defeated Portugal, 1-0
The stage is set for the 2012 Euro Cup following Friday's draw that saw host Poland and Ukraine getting the top draws while Spain placed in a tougher group. Poland was drawn in Group A along with Greece, Russia, and Czech Republic
The next crisis will be political, not in the sense of what conventional politician is going to become prime minister, but in the deeper sense of whether Europe's political elite can retain power
Like ghosts from the past, we see political violence, xenophobia, migrants being scapegoated and extreme nationalism creeping into our public debates -- even into our parliaments. This is a Europe diverging from its founding principles
Over the past two years, the eurozone members have done a remarkable job managing the short-term symptoms of the crisis, although the costs have been great. Yet the long-term challenge remains
Europe's new fiscal compact treaty attempts to force regional reform without challenging sovereignty
Even before the financial sector and sovereign debt crisis began to destabilise Europe's banking system, European leaders were voicing fears that the Old World might be slipping towards global irrelevance
2012 could be the make-or-break moment for the embattled eurozone. Europe could either continue on the path of ever-greater integration - or return to being a regional group of rival states.
With no end in sight for the two-year-old euro crisis, the question now is can the EU survive it while remaining united?
What made Europe a compelling political, economic, and social alternative wedged between Anglo-American free marketeers and Soviet nomenklatura is rapidly becoming a thing of the past
- France Planning Eurozone Breakaway
- The Perverse Side Effect of the Euro
- Europe's Crisis Is a Global Issue
- Europe's Economic Measures Too Little Too Late
- Crisis Gratuitously Self-Inflicted
- Europe's Structural Reforms Are Serious
It was short-term good news in that it defused 'the bomb' -- the possible catastrophe vortex of failing banks and defaulting sovereigns. The bad news is that it will induce a recession. Banks will create a credit crunch in trying to meet capital adequacy ratios, and the new austerity will create a fiscal contraction
The crisis won't be over until the underlying flaw of the euro is fixed -- namely the separation of monetary and fiscal policy. German public opinion has to realise that the euro was built on imperfect foundations and that these imperfections must be corrected. Meanwhile, the Italian president of the ECB will need all his technical and political expertise to keep the Eurozone together
The European Union is presently a source of great instability that leaders have yet to tackle. This column argues the current policy response is misguided. The adjustment programmes are bound to fail to achieve sustainable budget deficits, and may result in an unprecedented destruction of economic activity
Many people travel across the Atlantic in search of 'Old World' Europe and to witness traditional culture in action. These days, the easiest way to experience traditional culture is by exploring Europe's great open-air folk museums
Since 2010, the Netherlands have been governed by a right-wing coalition, that, under pressure of the populist Freedom Party, is in the process of breaking with a century-long tradition of tolerance. Nowadays, multiculturalism is seen as an evil by the ruling Dutch right-wing coalition
European Union leaders have brokered a deal to reduce Greece's debt and hopefully stem the continent's lingering debt crisis. The deal is a major move forward, but it is still only one step in restoring stability on a continent beset by economic woes
EU leaders announced a new plan to contain the debt crisis in the euro area, after private banks and investors agreed to write off 50% of Greek debt from their books
Time is running out for EU leaders to put an end to the Eurozone crisis. This column explains how leaders could find a definitive solution to Greece insolvency, isolate solvent countries from possible Greek contagion, improve EU governance by creating a true European parliament, and refocus on a pro-growth policy mix
Europe faces a banking crisis it has not wanted to admit even exists
It is important to understand that the crisis is not fundamentally about Greece. After all, Greece represents only 2.5 percent of the eurozone's GDP, and the bloc's fiscal numbers are not that bad when looked at in the aggregate. The real crisis is the more fundamental question of how the European continent is to be ruled in the 21st century
Five NATO governments made it known that they want American nuclear weapons removed from their territory. They include the Benelux three, together with Germany and Norway. The five reportedly will ask that all the European NATO governments endorse their position
Conventional wisdom has it that the eurozone cannot have a monetary union without also having a fiscal union. Euro-enthusiasts see the single currency as the first steppingstone toward a broader economic union, which is their dream. Euroskeptics do, too, but they see that endgame as hell -- and would prefer the single currency to be dismantled
France, like all of Europe, is caught in an economic tsunami, and France is teetering at the edge of the precipice. Every week, it seems, presidents and prime ministers hold urgent meetings searching for a solution, culminating with the G-20 convocation recently. Still, the problem grows only worse
Repressive regimes of the Middle East and North Africa had all the equipment they needed to quash Arab Spring protests, thanks to arms exporters
Peter Zeihan discusses the collapse of the Franco-Belgian bank Dexia and examines its effects on the European debt crisis
The plans all are financial solutions to a particular set of financial problems. But regardless of whether they are realistic in addressing the financial problem, the question of whether the financial issue really addresses the fundamental dilemma of Europe -- which is political and geopolitical -- remains
Dutch carrier KLM is set to begin using used cooking oil for some of its flights. The announcement comes less than two years after the airline flew the first biokerosene-fueled passenger flight in Europe