The economic meltdown in Greece is producing some peculiar situations. In protest to proposed salary cuts, the union of judges and prosecutors in Greece has decided to go on a partial strike.
A small archipelago in the East China Sea — known to Japan as the Senkaku Islands and to China as the Diaoyu Islands — is at the center of a series of increasingly angry anti-Japanese demonstrations in China as Japan claims that the tiny islands, which are controlled by China, belong to Japan.
The new Socialist president of France, Francois Hollande, has stated that he is planning to soak the rich in his nation even more, through a new tax rate of 75 percent on income over €1 million (about $1-1/4 million).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing opposition from her political allies against the European Union bailout, as they challenge her in Constitutional Court.
The Communist Chinese policy of birth control by coerced abortions to reduce the birth rate of couples to one child is a very real and grim fact. It has now come to light that the U.S. company Apple is helping with that policy by allowing forced pregnancy screenings of its female employees in Apple's Chinese facilities.
Spain has long battled Basque separatism. That separatism may become more powerful as the Spanish economy melts. Separatism is also alive and well elsewhere in Europe — presenting an obstacle to EU integration.
The unemployment rate in Greece was last reported at 24.4 percent for this past June, according to official figures released September 6. This means that almost one out of every four Greek citizens seeking work cannot find a job. According to Trading Economics, "Historically, from 1998 until 2012, [the] Greece Unemployment Rate averaged 11.57 percent." Just one year ago it was 11.6 percent.
Unsurprisingly, the level of unrest in the country is increasing daily. Yesterday, 50 members of the Greek Police Officers’ Association — protesting government-ordered budget cuts to their salaries and pension benefits — actually picketed police facilities in northwest Athens and blocked riot police buses heading to the city of Thessaloniki.
World food prices are jumping dramatically, spiking 10 percent in July. But critics contend that it is not the fault of bad weather, but rather of bad government.
LifeSiteNews reports that the European Court of Human Rights has found that an Italian law that prohibits genetic screening of in vitro embryos “…violates the right to respect for private and family life.” Consequently, the court found that the Italians law violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The ruling drew strong support from far-left politicians such as Nichi Vendola, a homosexual activist who called the decision a “wise judgment.” But Maurizio Sacconi, a former welfare minister in Italy who served in the center-right coalition, said, “I’m sure that the Italian government will appeal against the judgment. The defense of a state law is a must in principle and in this case also justified on the merits. Italy cannot in any way, in the absence of conscious parliamentary will, surreptitiously take the path of genetic selection.”
German political leaders, as well as other European politicians, seem to doubt that Greece is on the right track, meaning possibly unmanageable problems for the eurozone may be right around the corner.