Macron May Trigger Debt Crisis with Yellow Vest Crackdown

The Yellow Vests have reached critical mass. And the movement has now created the perfect storm for President Emmanuel Macron. He can no longer ignore it, even though he tried to do so. And his lack of understanding of the situation as well as his open contempt for his opposition has placed him in a … Continue reading Macron May Trigger Debt Crisis with Yellow Vest Crackdown

The End of France as We Know It?

When an event grabs headlines like the protests in France have I temper my reactions to it.  I didn't give the Yellow Vest protests much thought at first wanting to see where they would lead. Protests like this and even bigger ones like Catalonian independence are invariably betrayed by the European political establishment.  They become … Continue reading The End of France as We Know It?

Decoding Putin’s Response to Attack in Syria

The fog of war and geopolitics makes initial responses to the attack on Russian and Syrian forces recently difficult to assess. Russian President Vladimir Putin's response seemed timid and was at odds with statements from his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and more recent statements from Russia's Foreign Ministry. Putin backed off on explicitly blaming Israel … Continue reading Decoding Putin’s Response to Attack in Syria

HalseyNews: Make No Mistake, the EU is Scared of Marine Le Pen

After yesterday’s first round in the French election the EU is breathing a sigh of relief. The dreaded result of the two anti-EU candidates, Front Nationale’s Marine Le Pen and Communist Jean-Luc Melenchon advancing to the May 7th run-off election did not come to pass.