Germany: The “Schulz-Train” reveals a fascist mind-set

If a right-wing, or even a moderately conservative, politician did that, there would probably be a criminal investigation, and calls for him to step down immediately. But not so in the case of Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament, who as the newly-elected leader of the German Social Democrats aspires to replace Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor after the national elections in September. In his case, we are to accept that it was just a joke gone wrong. Continue reading

March for Life 2017 in Romania: 110,000 participants in 138 cities

The cities with the biggest turnout were Bacău (10,000 participants), Oradea (11,000 participants) and Bucharest (8,000 participants).

Compared to the 2016 edition, the number of organizing cities has risen by 26% (in 2016 the march took place in 110 cities), while the number of participants has risen by almost 50% (in 2016 there were around 75,000 participants in total). Continue reading

The “Schulz-Effect”: Socialists lose first election under his leadership

Following the sudden ascendance of Martin Schulz as their new leader, Social Democrats in Germany have gone through a  delirium of optimism, hoping that the former EP President’s “popularity” and “leadership” would boost their chances to win the national elections in September. The media wrote about “Saint Martin”, “Martin the Saviour”, and of a “Schulz-Effect” – and opinion polls suggested that the Social Democrats were now ahead of Angela Merkel’s CDU. Only last week Schulz was elected the new president of the Socialist Party with 100% of delegates’ votes.

Well, the hype didn’t last long. Continue reading