Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are trying to mediate between Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Russian president Putin to stop the bloodshed in Eastern Ukraine where nobody observes the cease-fire. On the contrary the fighting intensifies each day. The UN estimates that there have been more than 5,300 killed and almost one million displaced people since last April.

President Obama will stop the NSA spying on allies, the head of US Senate’s Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement after the scandal prompted by the news that the US spy agency intercepted German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel cell phone from 2002 along with 34 other world leaders. Too late. With this statement they admit it’s true. The trust is completely broken. The damage done.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Françoise Hollande are calling for bilateral talks with the US before the end of the year over the spying allegations on its citizens and in the case of Merkel on her own cell phone. The US denied this accusations.

Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

Don’t ask me why, but I recently began reading “The City of God” by St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo in the 5th Century and I was in shocked from the beginning realizing how right for our time is that compilation of books. The leaders of today’s world can learn a lot from this great man who witnessed one of the biggest crisis in history: the fall of Rome.

No matter the critics in Western Europe Mr. Putin is decided to go forward with his harassment to the NGO in Russia under the law that force them to register as foreign agents if they have some fundings from abroad. This time, after more than a hundred of raids in non-profit organizations and NGO  unannounced and […]

I believe it’s better for the Greeks to stay in the euro area, but that also requires that we set out a path on which Greece gets back on its feet step by step   (Angela Merkel, may 14, 2012). The solidarity for the euro will end only if Greece just says, ‘We’re not keeping […]