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European Perspectives: * Foreign Policy * Economy


Seale is a British journalist now living in France and a leading expert on the Mideast. His books include Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East. His most recent piece is titled "A New Middle East Alliance."
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Scharenberg is a lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin specializing in U.S. and German politics. He said today: "There are many things Germans and Europeans can learn from people in the U.S., and vice versa. I think a major thing that Germany has to offer a country like the U.S. is how well -- notwithstanding minor flaws -- our social welfare system works. Even if you don't have a job, basic necessities are provided by the state. This includes housing and universal healthcare. This is always important, but particularly during a time of crisis."

A nationwide consortium, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) represents an unprecedented effort to bring other voices to the mass-media table often dominated by a few major think tanks. IPA works to broaden public discourse in mainstream media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots activists.