French more accepting of infidelity than people in other countries
French President Francois Hollande has been dealing with revelations of an affair he has been having with an actress, but he leads a country that has a more tolerant view than others of these matters.
Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality
Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.
Facing re-election, Merkel gets mostly high marks for handling of economy
Angela Merkel’s high marks on dealing with the euro crisis may be one reason she leads her chief rival Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.
As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition
The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]
UN approval before using military force lacks widespread global agreement
The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing approval of taking action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A 2011 Pew Research poll found publics in most countries surveyed did not support the principle of obtaining UN approval first.
As U.S. considers Syrian strike, support for NATO has waned
While the U.S. and several of its allies in NATO review options for military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, such action is reportedly not likely to be under the umbrella of NATO. Support for NATO in member countries has waned.
Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels
New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.
Greeks, stung by recession, lukewarm on U.S. relations
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece visits the White House for the first time today, at a time when anti-U.S. feeling in his country is running high.
As France celebrates Bastille Day, a dark mood pervades
On July 14, 1789, a large mob descended upon the Bastille prison in Paris, overrunning the garrison and executing the jail’s defenders. This event, which came after years of escalating tensions between the nobility and commoners over issues such as debt, taxation, and enlightenment ideals, became a flashpoint for the French Revolution. Two-hundred and twenty-four […]
Despite Public Fears, European Inflation Remains Tame
Although a Pew Research Center survey found concern in European Union countries about rising prices, the European statistical agency said the EU’s annual inflation rate in April was 1.4%, down from a rate of 2.7% in April 2012.