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    Russia’s Interference in Germany Will Continue beyond the September 24 Elections
    Sep21

    Russia’s Interference in Germany Will Continue beyond the September 24 Elections

    On September 24, Germany holds a nationwide election. If the polls and experts are accurate, it should be a humdrum affair. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will receive the majority of the votes, sending her to a fourth term without breaking much of a sweat. However, all elections, even predictable ones, have...

    Western Anxiety Over Zapad 2017 — Justified or Not?
    Sep08

    Western Anxiety Over Zapad 2017 — Justified or Not?

    Transatlantic TakeBERLIN — Next week, Russia will launch a large-scale military exercise. Titled Zapad (West), these war games take place every four years. They typically assume a NATO attack on Russia’s ally Belarus, and they train the militaries of both countries to repel such an attack. The core components of the exercises take place in...

    The Militarization of Russian Policy
    Aug26

    The Militarization of Russian Policy

    Photo credit: ID1974 / Shutterstock Over the past ten years, Russia has displayed an impressive degree of political-military integration in pursuit of its state objectives. Far from being improvised or opportunistic, the expansion of Russia’s military power is a coherent and purpose-driven activity designed to challenge Western dominance of...

    Russian Hackers Can’t Beat German Democracy
    Aug09

    Russian Hackers Can’t Beat German Democracy

    Less than two months remain before Germans go to the polls in a general election. On the surface, this has been as regular an election season as can be: Parties have assembled their programs and teams, candidates have been out campaigning, and politics have mostly revolved around the classic issues: taxes, social benefits, public investment. Yet...

    Hamilton 68: A New Tool to Track Russian Disinformation on Twitter
    Aug02

    Hamilton 68: A New Tool to Track Russian Disinformation on Twitter

    Since Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, many have warned that Putin will be back in 2018 and 2020. But the reality is that Russian influence operations never left. As former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated, the Kremlin is already beginning to “prep the battlefield” for the 2018 elections. But...

    Memo to Brussels: Chill Out About Russia Sanctions
    Jul27

    Memo to Brussels: Chill Out About Russia Sanctions

    Transatlantic TakeWASHINGTON – The European Union and several European capitals have been in a tizzy about likely new U.S. sanctions on Russia. Following approval by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 25, by a near unanimous 419-3 vote, of new U.S. sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, the EU warned it was ready to retaliate...

    Memo to Brussel: Chill Out About Russia Sanctions
    Jul27

    Memo to Brussel: Chill Out About Russia Sanctions

    Transatlantic TakeWASHINGTON – The European Union and several European capitals have been in a tizzy about likely new U.S. sanctions on Russia. Following approval by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 25, by a near unanimous 419-3 vote, of new U.S. sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, the EU warned it was ready to retaliate...

    Memo to Washington: Overzealous Support for European Energy Independence May Tank the Transatlantic Relationship
    Jul27

    Memo to Washington: Overzealous Support for European Energy Independence May Tank the Transatlantic Relationship

    Transatlantic TakeBrussels — The U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to pass a new bill on sanctions against Russia that should have left Europeans cheering. But rather than celebrate Congress’s new bill, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is discussing possible retaliation and lamenting that “America first cannot...

    EU Leaders Worried by Possible Further U.S. Sanctions
    Jul25

    EU Leaders Worried by Possible Further U.S. Sanctions

    “The EU and as well the individual member states have been accustomed with dealing with the US administration on foreign policy issues, on sanctions. And since 2014 and the illegal annexation of Crimea you have see really lock steps across the Atlantic on sanctions.” “If the Congress is playing a bigger role, there is different body...

    Is Transatlantic Governance Ready to Face European Citizens?
    Jul20

    Is Transatlantic Governance Ready to Face European Citizens?

    Recent elections in the Netherlands and France spread a sigh of relief across the continent, but the structural reasons for discontent among many European citizens should not be overlooked. A growing number of studies and opinion polls are coming to this same conclusion: disaffection with the EU, the establishment, and governing elites is here to...

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