Category Archives: Europe

Sweden Demands Answers to Russian Threat

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In a delayed and measured response to comments made by Russian Ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, called him in for an explanation a SFM spokeswoman said, yesterday. Speaking before a press conference in Stockholm, she responded to Tatarintsev’s earlier threat of retaliation and a more recent statement by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, referring to unspecified “retaliatory measures” to be taken in the event that Sweden was to join NATO, according to an 9/11/2015 AFP report. On Thursday, July 16 Russia's ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarintsev, in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter, denounced that at what he termed as an “aggressive propaganda campaign by Swedish media.” He further stated that if Sweden were to abandon its alliance neutrality and join the Read more

Massive March For Catalan Independence Floods Barcelona Streets

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Barcelona Police estimate that approximately 1.4 million people participated in a march for Catalan Independence from Spain, earlier today. Catalan Day marches are an annual tradition, known as the Diadia, however, this year’s added intensity is a result of an upcoming regional plebiscite that may eventually lead to the independence of Catalonia.

Local photo illustrations are available in: el Pais.

Read more in detail in an AFP story.

Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement

REPRINT Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement "Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement is republished with permission of Stratfor." Analysis September 2, 2015 | 09:16 GMT Migrants board a train to Munich at Vienna's Westbahnhof railway station in the early hours of Sept. 1. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) Forecast • Rising immigration and fragile economic recovery in Europe will reduce political support for the Schengen Agreement, which eliminates border controls among member states. • The Schengen Agreement will likely be reformed to make room for countries to tighten their border controls more frequently. • Friction between Schengen members and other countries will remain, as will tension within the bloc itself. Analysis When France, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Schengen Agreement in 1985, they envisioned a system Read more