SOCHI, Russia — It’s a wonder, how these slight men of figure skating even get about on solid ground, let alone throw themselves up two or three feet in the air in dizzying revolution, given the big nuts they apparently drag […]
Swiss vote on immigration boosts far-right parties through rest of Europe | World news | The Observer.
When Christian Ragger heard that the Swiss had voted to cap immigration into their country in a referendum last weekend, he was “deeply impressed”, he says. “All over the world, immigration is protected [from being limited]. It required a special courage to vote in that way. This was a typically democratic Swiss action.”
Ragger heads the local branch of the Austrian Freedom party (FPÖ) in its mountainous stronghold of Carinthia, in the south of the country. Once led by the flamboyant (Read more…)
OTTAWA – Canada’s defence industry has beaten out German and French competitors to win a massive contract worth at least $10 billion US to supply armoured military vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The win was announced by International Trade Minister Ed […]
This may seem like the obvious thing to say, but this isn’t 2010. It was never going to be 2010. Canada may win gold again, or they may fail to win gold, and however it turns out, it’s not going […]
AMSTERDAM – Dutch police investigating the death of former health minister Els Borst — a key champion of euthanasia rights — say she was likely the victim of a crime. Borst’s body was found in her garage by friends on … Continue Reading
The child was covered in red ochre 12,600 years ago and buried with a trove of stone and bone tools on a grassy hillside in Montana. He’s now being held up as proof that most of today’s Native Americans are […]
Henning Finseraas and Kåre Vernby
Low levels of citizen participation in politics have long been seen as a serious democratic problem, and a possible relationship between turnout and election outcomes is a prominent topic of discussion in political science. The most frequent claim is that left-of-centre parties benefit from higher levels of turnout since many of them are disproportionately supported by groups on the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, such as the unemployed or low wage earners.
In a recent study, we showed that Norway is one country in which changes in turnout are likely to be a mixed (Read more…)
LONDON – The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. Residents and British troops had piled up sandbags to protect properties from the latest bout of flooding but … Continue Reading
France continues to be hot. Scenic Tours has built a special size of ship to operate out of Paris, on 11-day return trips this season. The Scenic Gem, specially built for this journey, will be the only river ship able to transit […]
MONTREAL — Eugenie Bouchard did everything she could to help her country. Bouchard won both her singles matches, including the clincher on Sunday, to power Canada to a 3-1 victory over Serbia in its Fed Cup World Group II tie […]
WASHINGTON — Julien Brouillette broke a scoreless tie with his first NHL goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Saturday night in the teams’ final game […]
TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Ondrej Palat had two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Detroit 4-2 Saturday night in the Red Wings’ 6,000th regular-season game. Killorn beat Jimmy Howard […]
BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist as the Boston Bruins went into the Olympic break with a 7-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Bergeron, who will join Team Canada for the Olympics, was one […]
“I didn’t accept right away when I was asked to be flagbearer. I said I wanted to think it over, consult my family and especially my wife. I also talked to the boys on my team. Some of them are […]
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – On a picture perfect spring day in 2009, Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband held a first communion celebration bash at their modernist Barcelona mansion with drinks and nibbles served from huge party tents on … Continue Reading
WASHINGTON – In the mishmash of speculation and assumptions that have driven the U.S. national debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, there is one undeniable fact no American wants to talk about. Neither the Keystone project nor the oilsands would […]
Weary of the Senate expense scandal? You are, sadly, out of luck. If ever there were a hope, however faint, that the sordid saga of Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb would ease gently into that […]
DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche took a chance when they drafted Nathan MacKinnon first overall last June. The rookie is rewarding their faith with a stellar first season. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn had two goals […]
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zbynek Michalek scored against his former team, his first goal in 83 games, and the Phoenix Coyotes became the first Pacific Division team to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation this season with a 3-1 […]
OTTAWA —Typically relegated to the backbench of the Conservative caucus, Ted Opitz enjoyed a rare moment in the limelight this week, rubbing shoulders with the prime minister and senior cabinet members over Canada’s response to the escalating situation in Ukraine. […]
WASHINGTON – While Canadian energy companies nervously await the much-anticipated environmental assessment report on the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, many other hurdles remain to be jumped as the limping pipeline staggers towards the sea. The U.S. State Department has not […]
The violence on the streets of Ukraine is far more than an expression of popular anger against a government. Instead, it is merely the latest example of the rise of the most insidious form of fascism that Europe has seen since the fall of the Third Reich.
Recent months have seen regular protests by the Ukrainian political opposition and its supporters – protests ostensibly in response to Ukrainian President Yanukovich’s refusal to sign a trade agreement with the European Union that was seen by many political observers as the first step towards European integration.
The protests remained largely peaceful until (Read more…)
OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives’ commitment to veterans is being questioned by some of them amid allegations the government is trying to balance the books in advance of the next election on the backs of those who have served. Veterans […]
OTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador for religious freedom said Sunday he is concerned about reports the Ukrainian government is intimidating religious groups as it seeks to quell widespread political unrest. In a conference call from Kyiv, Andrew Bennett said he had […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a horrendous 5-20-1 start, the Buffalo Sabres have to be happy spoiling things for others. On Saturday night, they ruined a good run by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals […]
TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Johnson stole the spotlight in a matchup of two top rookies. Johnson scored three goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. With the Lightning leading […]
NEWARK, N.J. — Jaromir Jagr set up two goals and tied former teammate Mario Lemiuex for 10th on the NHL’s career assists list as the New Jersey Devils beat Washington 2-1, handing the fading Capitals their seventh straight loss Friday […]
PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95 on Friday night. DeRozan scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including […]
One year after The Economist signalled an ”unwelcomed coal renaissance”, Bloomberg News reported Jan. 6 that Europe’s lust for lower energy prices was reviving lignite mining for coal-fired generation in a big way.
Lignite, a low-quality form of coal that contains less units of energy and greater volumes of carbon than traditional coal, is once again the prize European energy firms are seeking in open-pit mines in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic in an effort to wrestle high-energy prices to the mat.
According to Bloomberg, new coal developments “go against the grain of European Union rules limiting (Read more…)
The government has already saved more than $600 million since it cracked down a year ago on countries believed responsible for thousands of bogus refugee claims, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced Wednesday. Alexander said asylum claims from so-called “safe” countries […]
Ghastly as the pictures are of the Syrian regime’s tortured dead, they aren’t the worst of it. In the lawyerly report released this week on the eve of peace talks opening in Geneva, the most damning information links an unknown […]
This is the time of year when Cruise Lines International (CLIA), the umbrella organization for cruise lines, offers the world a snapshot of the cruise industry. An immediate overview shows that CLIA is expecting 21.7 million passengers this year, compared […]
ST. LOUIS — Ryan Getzlaf scored his 25th goal, and rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves as the Anaheim Ducks got back to their winning ways with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Anaheim, which […]
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in the shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. The winning streak matches the […]
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As an antidote to the snide gossip that passes for analysis of French politics at the moment, and in line with our broader reflection on the state of the European left, here are five theses on the French left that we hope might go some way to explaining the present impasse.
1. The French Socialist Party remains haunted by François Mitterrand’s u-turn in 1983-4.
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Montreal’s Bell Centre once again hosts another big prize fight as two Canadians Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute lace them up for tomorrow’s main event tilt for the WBC Diamond and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light-heavyweight title Saturday night. […]
The thing you have to understand is how very deeply every political party cares about the consumer. Why, you only have to listen to them. The Conservatives, of course, have been banging on for some time about how committed they […]
In September, Neil Young went to Washington to give a speech against the oilsands, describing a road trip he took to Fort McMurray in his hybrid 1959 Lincoln Continental. “The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima,” he said. “Fort […]
MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams got on and off court as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, registering yet another record with match win No. 61 at the Australian Open as she advanced to the fourth round […]
OTTAWA — NDP leader Tom Mulcair says he’s strongly inclined to vote for a controversial Conservative private member’s bill that would give backbench MPs more power, including the ability to dump their leader. Mulcair said Wednesday that Michael Chong’s bill […]