German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the subject of a criminal complaint after commenting publicly that she was “glad” Osama bin Laden had been killed, with the judge who filed the charge accusing her of violating Germany’s law against rewarding or approving of crimes — in this case, homicide. If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison.
There seems no end to the Greek tragedy unfolding within the European Union. One year after a staggering €110-billion ($160-billion) bailout by the European Union barely saved Greece from bankruptcy, EU and IMF officials are meeting in Greece to consider another bailout in hopes of solving the ancient nation's massive debt crisis.
Last May's bailout engineered by European Union politicians was roughly €10,000 for every man, woman, and child in Greece, or approximately half of its entire gross domestic product for a year.
Opinions differ widely among nations as to which voting system is best: the American arrangement wherein two-parties are dominant or the multi-party system in Europe and so many other countries. If a country has a multi-party system, it must choose whether it will be a "first-past-the-post" method, in which the candidate with a plurality of the votes wins, or a system by which seats are apportioned according to political party slates.
The bailouts of the four "PIGS" countries (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) continues apace within the European Union. Only days after grim news in bankrupt Greece — rising bond rates, a significantly underestimated debt-to-GDP ratio, and a looming nationwide union strike to protest "austerity" measures — Portugal has received a €78 billion loan from the EU.