Half a billion Americans?
The Economist crunches census data from both sides of the Atlantic and figures that the US will hit the 500 million mark sometime in the next few decades, surpassing the combined population of even the expanded EU. In typical style, the Economist looks at the economic and political reprecussions of this, but skips another interesting question: how will a doubling of the population change America itself? will it make the US more environmentally friendly? reduce urban sprawl? will the shifting population balance change the culture itself?
posted by costas
on Aug 23, 2002 -
Have the anti-Euro lobby shot themselves in the foot?
A video promoting opposition to the UK joing the Euro has been critisized for including a spoof of Hitler praising the currency. It's attracted publicity for the campaign, all right, but has it unmasked the "No" campaign as anti-Europe "little Englanders"? (Guardian link)
posted by salmacis
on Jul 3, 2002 -
?? If you've been suspecting that old territorial squabbles never go away, you're probably right.
posted by gimonca
on Jun 9, 2002 -
The Eurovision Song Contest
gets under way approximately three hours from now. Europeans, who are you rooting for?
(Anyone else, what are
we talking about.....?)
posted by CatherineB
on May 25, 2002 -
Anti-Immigrant feelings sweep Europe
As economies tighten, populations build, hostility to "outsiders" seems to happen everywhere, but as E.O. Wilson noted a few years back, there is bound to be people from third-world nations seeking better lives by moving to nations perceived as better off.
We are told that inexpensive labor is a boon. But is this all that matters?
posted by Postroad
on May 15, 2002 -
Australia and Europe incensed over U.S. lies on free trade
Bush: "The final provisions of the farm Bill are also consistent with America's international trade obligations, which will strengthen our ability to open foreign markets for American farm products".
In other words, free trade good when we sell to you, bad when you sell to us.
posted by magullo
on May 3, 2002 -
Time for a change of business strategy focus?
Nokia and VolksWagen are the examples given,
'the heart of productivity growth is what happens inside the firm, and firms are first and foremost organisations of human beings'
positive role models to lead us from downturn alley?
posted by asok
on Apr 29, 2002 -
Why Europeans And Arabs Hate America And Israel:
In this brash, provocative essay for The Weekly Standard
, good old David Brooks
blames what he calls bourgeoisophobia
. He may have gone too far in his desire to make his point, but there's something
in what he says. Is it envy? Is it anti-semitism? Is it hypocrisy pure and simple? There's definitely a ressurgence of the pushy, garish, ostentatious and arrogant "ugly American" stereotype after September 11. Apart from the conservative Daily Telegraph
, it's becoming more and more difficult for Atlanticists such as myself to avoid ritual America-bashing in the European mainstream press. What in the hell
is going on? My feeling is that Americans themselves are going out of their way to reaffirm their way of life and reinforce those prejudices. It's as if you vont
to be alone. Or is it, as I suspect, just us? [More inside
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 14, 2002 -
Anti-immigrant parties gain support in Europe
as they tap long-standing fears about security and the dilution of national identity. The deep running concern, as in Israel, is that their countries are involuntarily becoming multicultural as guest workers and refugees, mostly Muslim, establish themselves in residence. There are about 15 million Muslims in Europe, making Islam the the continent's largest non-Christian religion.
How important is national identity? What would become of democratic values in a Europeann country with Muslim population explosion? How would it affect their economy, as the immigrants are largely unskilled, heavily relying on the welfare system?
posted by semmi
on Mar 29, 2002 -
How Americans view us...
You don't really ... do you? "They responded very readily to Britain and the British: 'Tea... proper... trousers... Monty Python... Jane Eyre... Austin Powers... soccer hooligans... Prince William... dry and witty... educated... not huggy...' "
posted by feelinglistless
on Feb 26, 2002 -
A European Dragnet
captures new clues to bin Laden's network. They believe that for the sake of Jihad, or holy war, they can jettison the usual practices of devout Muslims. They call on adherents instead to burrow into the cultures they seek to eradicate. Let's have a block party.
posted by semmi
on Oct 12, 2001 -
I wish I lived in Europe, if only for the month-long summer vacations people get on the continent. But I'm here at work in the U.S., surfing the net, only to find two of my favorite sites, The Onion
and Satire Wire
, are taking siestas at the same time. I wish I could get July off.
posted by msacheson
on Jul 10, 2001 -
Foot-and-mouth disease marches forward
in Europe. In order to try to slow down the spread of the virus, UK authorities are urging cancellations of any events that bring people and/or animals together. Which means no horse racing. Which means the Brits are going insane because they have nothing to bet on. (Unlike the US, they don't consider gambling to be an evil on the level of homicide.) What to do? Rodents to the rescue
is offering live webcasts of hamster races to satiate your betting jones. Look at 'em go
! In other hamster news, some dork blew £3000 on a 6-foot-tall fiberglass hamster
left over from the carnage of the Millennium Dome.
posted by aaron
on Mar 8, 2001 -
Euro-court outlaws criticism of EU,
and thus demonstrates what inevitably will happen when most European governments have communists(or "former communists") on board. PS: beware that any reply to this tread could be seen upon as additional critisism against the Holy Union...
posted by frednorman
on Mar 7, 2001 -
And you thought US environmental policies were bad.
Europe is facing a major environmental crisis that it
seems unwilling or unable to act on -- deforestation,
flooding, desertification and more. From the article:
"One fifth of the land in Spain is already so degraded
that it is turning to desert" -- and it's as bad if
not worse elsewhere on the continent & in Britain.
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Jan 24, 2001 -
Why Big Oil Backed The Fuel Protests In Europe
-- "Watched from a distance, the oil blockades in Britain look like spontaneous popular uprisings: regular working folk, frightened for their livelihoods, getting together to say, "Enough's enough." But before this David and Goliath story goes any further, it deserves a closer reading...."
posted by johnb
on Sep 21, 2000 -