Europe’s political left is incensed by the the cuts in social and welfare programmes, but seems to accept the political consensus that there are no alternatives.
Using its super-majority in the parliament, the Fidesz party has spent its two years in office ramming through a new constitution that includes discriminatory provisions and other new laws that undermine media freedom, judicial independence, and the rights of religious minorities.
The Kremlin likes to portray Russia as a besieged fortress. And it likes an economy with a few hugely lucrative industries under its own tight control. Encouraging Russian businesses outside the world of bureaucratic rents and extractive industries undermines the power monopoly of the ruling criminal syndicate.
France is approaching a breaking point. For three decades, the country has pursued the same incompatible, if not contradictory, goals. With the sovereign-debt crisis pushing French banks to the wall, something will have to give, and soon.
Freedom means that we decide about the laws governing our own life. We do not need writing lines, nor do we require the unsolicited assistance of foreigners wanting to guide our hands.