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Danziger

Danziger: Girls’ Night Out

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the […]

June 26, 2017
Macron

As Liberal Macron Decisively Defeats Far Rightist LePen, Europe Exhales

The immediate challenge to Emmanuel Macron will be to secure a majority in next month’s parliamentary election for a political movement that is barely a year old, rebranded as La Republique En Marche (“Onward the Republic”), in order to implement his program. Outgoing president Francois Hollande, who brought Macron into politics, said the result “confirms that a very large majority of our fellow citizens wanted to unite around the values of the Republic and show their attachment to the European Union.”

May 7, 2017

Battle Rages Near Aleppo As Syria Air Onslaught Continues

Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city’s opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.

September 24, 2016
Nigel farage

Outgoing Anti-EU Firebrand Farage Demands His Party Push For ‘Hard’ Brexit

Nigel Farage, the firebrand of Britain’s Brexit campaign, used his final speech as leader of the UK Independence Party on Friday to demand that his successor pushes for a “hard” EU exit that meets the demands of his party’s voters.

September 16, 2016
European union

Hollande, Merkel Urge Clear Vision For Addressing Europe’s Weaknesses

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it was crucial an upcoming European Union summit, the first since Britain voted to leave the bloc, addressed the EU’s weaknesses with a plan for reforms.

September 15, 2016
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomes Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, prior to a plenary session at the European Parliament on the outcome of the "Brexit" in Brussels, Belgium. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Website Boasts Nigel Farage’s Hilarious Leaked ‘Plan’ For Leaving The EU

One website claims to have gotten ahold of Nigel Farage’s plan to make everything right again in Britain. It’s a bit hard to read, though. See if you can figure it out.

July 1, 2016
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool

How Scotland And N. Ireland Could Retain EU Membership

There has as yet been no Brexit, and there will not be—because there is no such entity as “Britain.” There could, however, be a U.K. exit. But those who insist that a 52-48 vote is good enough to take the entire U.K. out of the EU would trigger a serious crisis of legitimacy.

June 28, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following a news conference, at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

5 Ways A Trump Win Could Be Worse For The Economy Than Brexit

As world markets crumbled, Donald Trump was in Scotland, inexplicably doing a commercial for his Turdberry golf course, celebrating the British vote to leave the European Union with a promise that America was “next.” Is that a threat?

June 27, 2016
brexit cartoon

Cartoon: Brexit Racism

It’s… It’s… Nigel Farage!

June 26, 2016
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appears via video link on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in this photograph received via the BBC in London, Britain June 26, 2016. Jeff Overs/Courtesy of the BBC/Handout via REUTERS

Scottish Leader Threatens To Veto Brexit

“What’s going to happen with the UK is that there are going to be deeply damaging and painful consequences… I want to try and protect Scotland from that,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

June 26, 2016
Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Belgium's Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (L-R) attend a press conference after a foreign minister meeting of the EU founding members in Berlin, Germany, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

EU Foreign Ministers Demand Quick Divorce From Britain

The Dutch foreign minister called for a speedy exit and warned of the danger of a political vacuum. “This will not be business as usual,” Didier Reynders said. The nationalist leader of Scotland, where nearly two-thirds of voters wanted to stay in the EU, has said a new referendum on independence from the rest of Britain was “highly likely”.

June 26, 2016
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron attends an Armed Forces Day National Event (AFDNE) at Cleethorpes in Britain June 25, 2016. Owen Cooban/MOD Crown Copyright/Handout via REUTERS

Regrexit: British Buyer’s Remorse

The Telegraph reported Saturday more than 1.5 million people had signed a petition on the House of Commons website seeking to have the vote rerun less than 24 hours after the results were determined.

June 26, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement after the Supreme Court left in place a lower court ruling blocking his plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation and give them work permits, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama Tries To Limit Fallout From British EU Exit Vote

The Brexit result rattled Wall Street and many other financial markets, with global stock markets losing about $2 trillion in value on Friday. Obama had warned during a visit to London in April against Brexit, or Britain’s exit from the EU, in an unusually strong intervention into British politics.

June 24, 2016
A vote remain supporter walks past a vote leave supporter outside Downing Street after Britain voted to leave the European Union. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Brexit Is A Warning To Young American Voters

“This generation are so passionate, they care so much about issues, but they are just not empowered to use the means of communication to get through to make real change. Both campaigns have been a disaster in terms of meaningful engagement on such complex issues.”

June 24, 2016
A British flag flutters in front of a window in London, Britain, June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

The Brexit: What Just Happened?!

It was only in the last 24 hours before the Brexit vote that it began to hit home just how massive, and maybe insane, it would be if the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union.

June 24, 2016
Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage arrives to launch his party's EU referendum tour bus in London, Britain May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Nigel Farage After Brexit Vote: Lies, Shamelessness

Farage is a despicable nationalist politician. It’s no surprise that he would lie to achieve his dream of, as he called it, “knock[ing] the first brick out of the wall” of the European Union.

June 24, 2016

Nexit, Frexit Or Italeave? British Vote Fires Up EU’s ‘Outers’

Right-wing and anti-immigrant parties in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and France demanded referendums on membership of the union, while Italy’s 5-Star movement said it would pursue its own proposal for a vote on the euro.

June 24, 2016
Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon speaks at the SNP's annual conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

New Scotland Independence Referendum ‘Highly Likely’: Sturgeon

“As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against her will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable,” Sturgeon told a news conference in Edinburgh.

June 24, 2016
A British Union Jack flag and an European flag fly on the Amiens city hall during a a Franco-Britain summit in Amiens, northern France, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Britain Votes To Leave The European Union

Britain voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged on Friday as results from a referendum showed a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago.

June 23, 2016
Illustration picture of postal ballot papers ahead of the June 23 referendum when voters will decide whether Britain will remain in the European Union

The Cultural Case for Brexit Deserves Respect

It’s not all about money. The economic arguments for Britain to stay in the European Union may be compelling, but the noneconomic ones demand respect. Preserving a way of life is a valid desire — and one widely shared.

June 21, 2016
A school girl arrives with flowers to leave in tribute to Jo Cox, near the scene where she was killed in Birstall near Leeds, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

In The Shadow Of A Murder, Britain To Vote On EU Membership

The murder of Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children who was an ardent supporter of EU membership, shocked the country and abruptly changed the tone of the caustic campaigning that has polarized the country.

June 20, 2016
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) makes a joint appearance with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as they launch the Britain Stronger in Europe guarantee card at Roehampton University in West London, Britain May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool

Cameron’s Folly: The British PM Calls An Election He Hopes He Will Lose

David Cameron has fumbled the most important question in recent British history: Whether or not to stay in the European Union.

June 3, 2016
Migrants are seen on a capsizing boat before a rescue operation by Italian navy ships "Bettica" and "Bergamini" (unseen) off the coast of Libya in this handout picture released by the Italian Marina Militare on May 25, 2016. Marina Militare/Handout via REUTERS

Between 700-900 Migrants May Have Died At Sea This Week: NGOs

“We will never know exact numbers,” Medecins San Frontieres said in a Tweet after estimating that 900 had died during the week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said more than 700 had drowned.

May 29, 2016
Alexander Van der Bellen, a former leader of the leftist Greens party now running as an independent, waves to supporters as he arrives for his final election rally ahead of Austrian presidential election in Vienna, Austria, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Far-Right Candidate Defeated In Austrian Presidential Vote

Austria has elected a 72-year-old former leader of the Greens party to be its next president, narrowly avoiding becoming the first country in the European Union to vote in a far-right candidate as head of state.

May 23, 2016
A banner encouraging people to support a local Brexit campaign hangs on the side of a building in Altrincham, Britain May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

G7 United Against Brexit But Can Only Hope For An ‘In’ Vote

“The G7 did not talk about a Plan B to respond to what would happen if Britain left the European Union,” said French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Saturday. “We talked about ways to help Britain stay in the EU.”

May 23, 2016