This week's round-up of global commentary includes what Japan can learn from Germany about dealing with its history, why the European Union should only rely on NATO forces, a measured response to terrorism in London, a stand for asylum seekers in Israel, and how Africa's ungoverned spaces contributed to the spread of Boko Haram.
For the European Union's Energy Union to work, Brussels must convince member states to support a durable European solution to their energy challenges, writes Kristine Berzina of the German Marshall Fund – even if that means putting up with EU bureaucracy.
With about one-third of European gas coming from Russia – and Eastern Europe’s share is easily double that percentage – the Continent is looking inward to boost its energy security.
The Ukraine crisis has sparked interest in natural gas production on a continent where many oppose new drilling. Hydraulic fracturing – or ‘fracking’ – might help Europeans wean off Russian supplies, but the technology remains publicly unpopular and plays a small role in Europe’s vision of energy security.
The European Commission has criticized Apple for not taking appropriate steps to curb in-app purchases in online and mobile games available on Apple devices.
The House Ways and Means Committee will vote on how to fix Highway Trust Fund on Thursday. In Flint, Michigan, the city wants to cut its retirees' health benefits to avoid bankruptcy.