Stavros Jacobsen

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States’ rebellion against Trump climate change policies gaining momentum

Four months ago, on the day President Donald Trump announced he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Gov. Jerry Brown of …

John Kasich says cultural erosion helped Trump rise

WASHINGTON — On a breezy spring morning, Ohio Gov. John Kasich decides to ditch the black SUV in favor of walking about a mile from the CBS studio, where he has just been on <i>Face the Nation</i>, to his next interview about his new book at USA TODAY's bureau.<p>A videographer from TMZ Sports is waiting at …

Sheryl Sandberg: 'I felt like a ghost' after husband's death

The last words Sheryl Sandberg said to her husband Dave Goldberg were, "I'm falling asleep."<p>The two were on vacation in Mexico in 2015. While Sandberg napped, Goldberg's heart gave out in the fitness center. She went away a happily married wife, and returned home to her two children a widow.<p>Now the …

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies

The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril<p>In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone …

Economic Data

“I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?”

This is why.<p>There are two sets of reasons to care about your privacy even if you’ve got nothing to hide: ideological reasons and practical …

Privacy

Greece Heads Into Another Economic Crisis: Time To Finally Exit The European Union?

ATHENS, GREECE—Constitution Square has been uncommonly quiet. When looking at the parliament building from my hotel window last month all I could see were cars and pedestrians. The crowds of demonstrators, so common in recent years as the Euro crisis enveloped one of Europe’s poorer states, were …

Europe

As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward

The incoming Trump administration appears determined to reverse much of what President Obama has tried to achieve on climate and environment policy.<p>In position papers, agency questionnaires and the résumés of incoming senior officials, the direction is clear — an about-face from eight years of …

Think Twice

I’ve spent a lot of time recently listening to Bob Dylan’s second album. Not <i>Freewheelin’,</i> the LP with him and Suze Rotolo on the cover and “Blowin’ …

Tony Blair sees dangerous times ahead for Western democracies

WASHINGTON — Former British prime minister Tony Blair warns that political upheaval from Great Britain's Brexit vote in June to the collapse of the Italian government on Sunday signals the most dangerous time for Western democracies in decades.<p>"It does feel perilous, actually, because I think there …

Israel Prepares for the Age of Trump

Israel’s political scene reacted with surprising enthusiasm to Donald Trump’s shocking election last week. While the celebration from the Israeli …

Trump casts long shadow over Obama's last foreign trip

WASHINGTON — President Obama began his presidency with a series of foreign trips that critics derided as an "apology tour." Now, just a week after voters repudiated that presidency by turning the White House over to a bitter rival, Obama departs for what might be described as a humility tour.<p>His …

Αρθρο Στ. Δήμα: H Συμφωνία για το Κλίμα, ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΔΗΜΑΣ*

Η Συμφωνία του Παρισιού για την προστασία του πλανήτη από την υπερθέρμανση ετέθη σε ισχύ χθες Παρασκευή, λίγο πριν από την έναρξη της Διάσκεψης για …

An economist who was in the middle of the storm recounts Greece’s financial crisis

When economist George Papaconstantinou returned to Greece after working for a decade at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, he …

Turkey’s New Maps Are Reclaiming the Ottoman Empire

In the past few weeks, a conflict between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkey’s role in the liberation of Mosul has precipitated an alarming burst of …

Middle East

Eurobank: Η ένταξη στο πρόγραμμα ποσοτικής χαλάρωσης θα βοηθήσει την Ελλάδα

<b>Σε πρόσφατη ανάλυση της η Eurobank αναλύει τον τρόπο με τον οποίο θα βοηθήσει την Ελλάδα η ένταξη στο πρόγραμμα ποσοτικής χαλάρωσης. Βέβαια, για να</b> …

Now what? - The future of the EU

The future of the EUNow what?<p>AUGUST usually finds Europe’s politicians bronzing on the beach or lacing up their walking boots. But for the past few …

Europe

Post-Brexit Reflections

<i>Back in May, ahead of the referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union or leave, Guy Edwards penned an op-ed in the</i> Boston …

How worried should we be about national debt?

The argument for fiscal austerity, coupled with concerns about budget deficits in the UK and US, is gaining traction, but invalid<p>Most people are more worried by government debt than taxation. “But it’s trillions<i>”,</i> a friend of mine recently expostulated about the UK’s national debt. He exaggerated a …

“When in Rome...” learning (to understand the) English

In March 1972 fate decreed that I should go to an English school. Not by choice, but by necessity. The French school in Rome did not accept new …

Χρυσή τομή και Χρυσή Αυγή

Στην Ταϊλάνδη έχουν προλήψεις. Πιστεύουν στα κακά πνεύματα, στα φαντάσματα, στα φυλαχτά και στις βασκανίες. Για την ακρίβεια, έχουν τις ίδιες …

Adrift

THE campaign to leave the European Union repeatedly urged Britain to “Take back control”. It is now a week since voters narrowly opted for Brexit, …

Great Britain

The politics of anger

MANY Brexiteers built their campaign on optimism. Outside the European Union, Britain would be free to open up to the world. But what secured their …

Globalization

Με τον Σταύρο Δήμα συναντήθηκε ο Ζίγκμαρ Γκάμπριελ

Η υπουργός Διοικητικής Ανασυγκρότησης εξαπέλυσε επίθεση στον πρόεδρο της Νέας Δημοκρατίας με αφορμή τις εξαγγελίες του για τη δημόσια …

Why Brexit Might Not Happen at All

As I noted on Friday, Britain won’t be exiting the E.U. anytime soon. If and when the U.K. government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty of 2007, which grants member states the right to leave, there will be at least two years of negotiations about the terms of Britain’s future relationship …