The word “conservative” means different things in the United States and Europe. American conservatives tend to value personal liberty, free market economics, and small government. Europeans call that being “liberal.” European conservatives tend to hearken back to the good old days of the monarchies, being suspicious of democracy and civil liberties. Both the European left and the European right favor big government.
Today the European right, which is reportedly poised for big electoral victories, is openly supporting Russia’s Vladimir Putin. See why after the jump. [Read more...]