Europe

National self-determination remains very much alive in Europe. People such as the Greeks and the Finns — who suffered for centuries under the rule of great empires before they established their own small nations — are resisting the attempts of European Union bureaucrats and politicians to tell them how to run their homelands.

The chickens of unfettered immigration came home to roost for Britons again this week. Four Muslims are on trial for beating a teacher because they didn't like him teaching about religions other than Islam. Meanwhile, a jury sent a teenage hitman to prison for life for the contract murder killing of a Turkish woman whose husband was suspected of taking out the contract.

The European Union is making rapid advances toward becoming officially recognized as a nation-state by the United Nations and the international community, prompting a fierce backlash from political parties and experts concerned with national sovereignty — particularly in the United Kingdom.

So much for freedom of speech and religion in Great Britain: A British doctor has been censured by the government’s medical licensing board, the General Medical Council (GMC), for having the audacity to discuss Christianity with one of his patients. What’s more, in choosing to fight this censure, the physician stands a chance of having his medical license revoked, ending a 28-year career in the profession.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who resigned Wednesday after being arrested on allegations that he attempted to sexually assault a chambermaid at Manhattan’s posh Sofitel Hotel, has been released from New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail on bail Friday afternoon.

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