Fact Tank Aug. 19, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2013

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 […]

Pew Research Center May. 16, 2013

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.

Fact Tank May. 16, 2013

Despite public fears, European inflation remains tame

Eurostat, the European statistical agency, announced today that the European Union’s annual inflation rate in April was 1.4%, down from a rate of 2.7% in April 2012. Nonetheless, across eight EU nations surveyed by the Pew Research Center in March 2013, a median of 67% said rising prices were a “very” big problem in their […]

Global May. 14, 2013

France and Germany: A Tale of Two Countries Drifting Apart

A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany.

Global Jan. 15, 2013

Public Attitudes Toward the Next Social Contract

The recent deliberations in Washington about the fiscal cliff have triggered a national debate in the United States about the nature, extent and future sustainability of key elements of the U.S. social safety net.

Global Nov. 17, 2011

The American-Western European Values Gap

Americans’ values differ significantly from those of their Western Europeans counterparts. Although this gap is long-standing, current polling shows Americans coming closer to Europeans in not seeing their culture as superior to others.

Religion Dec. 6, 2010

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe

Scholars discuss the purpose and findings of a major study that examines several of the oldest, largest and most influential Muslim groups operating in Western Europe today many of which are virtually unknown to non-Muslims.

Religion Sep. 15, 2010

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe

The Muslim population in Western Europe has grown from less than 10 million in 1990 to approximately 17 million. A new report profiles some of the oldest, largest and most influential religious networks and movements affecting Islamic relations in Europe.