I had a health crisis in France. I’m here to tell you that ‘socialized medicine’ is terrific – LA Times

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, two days after my 54th birthday, I came very close to dying. I was sitting in an armchair in my Paris apartment, reading a newspaper, when I became dizzy. The next thing I knew, my heart was beating violently. When the paramedics arrived, it was racing at 240 beats per […]

Europe Is Facing 4 Existential Tests. Can It Hold Together? – The New York Times

Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right leader, center, campaigning in Valkenburg on Saturday. Credit Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press The risk of European disintegration looks significantly more real this week. Multiple crises, each a symptom and cause of the continent’s deepest problems, are converging simultaneously. Britain took a step toward leaving the European Union, and Scotland toward independence. […]

Ban on Head Scarves at Work Is Legal, E.U. Court Rules – The New York Times

An Amsterdam shop selling Islamic dresses and head scarves. A European ruling on head scarves could have far-reaching consequences for the balance between freedom of religion and the rights of companies to implement policies requiring religious neutrality. Credit Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press LONDON — The European Union’s highest court waded into the politically explosive issue of […]

Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty – sources | Reuters

WASHINGTON In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.   When Putin raised the possibility […]

Young Russian denies she aided election hackers: ‘I never work with douchebags’ | World news | The Guardian

Alisa Shevchenko is a talented young Russian hacker, known for working with companies to find vulnerabilities in their systems. She spends her winters in Asia, meditating and training in Thai kickboxing. She is also, the White House claims, guilty of helping Vladimir Putin interfere in the US election. Her company was a surprise inclusion on […]

Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows | Society | The Guardian

Members of the public in European states including France, Belgium, Germany and the UK greatly overestimate their country’s Muslim population and the rate at which it is growing. An Ipsos Mori survey that measured the gap between public perception and reality in 40 countries in 2016 found French respondents were by far the most likely […]

Several killed in what German police say appears to be truck attack | Reuters

BERLIN Several people were killed and up to 50 injured when a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening, the Berliner Morgenpost reported. German media said police on the ground were saying first indications were that the incident was an attack. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Writing by Robin […]