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    Trump takes on the world
    Sep16

    Trump takes on the world

    Donald Trump can’t explain the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah. He has confused the Kurds with the Quds Force. And he’s said he gets military advice from television talk shows. But he did know enough to negotiate a killer deal for a new golf club and resort in Dubai. Trump’s Republican rivals are primed to pounce on the...

    Why Putinism will survive Putin
    Sep16

    Why Putinism will survive Putin

    As the Ukraine crisis settles into what appears to be a long stalemate, perhaps it is time to consider the future of Russian recalcitrance to the West — and who and what may follow in the footsteps of the main author of this recalcitrance, Vladimir Putin. Russia plainly needed someone like Putin at this point in its history. But did it also need...

    The trouble with Finland’s treble coalition
    Sep16

    The trouble with Finland’s treble coalition

    HELSINKI — There was a coup in Finland earlier this month. A media coup, that is. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announced, on the eve of parliament’s new term, that he would open up one of his homes to Syrian refugees. Since Sipilä remains modest, quiet and a rather unknown quantity to many Finns, it was something of a surprise to see him...

    Spare a thought for Hungary
    Sep15

    Spare a thought for Hungary

    The feverish rancor and self-loathing among Europeans over the migrant crisis should alert us to a potential catastrophe that would eclipse even the Syrian boat people’s suffering: the danger of instability within Europe itself. Under constant pressure from recurrent crises — the great recession, Ukraine, Greece, Islamist terror — the...

    Why Merkel changed her mind
    Sep15

    Why Merkel changed her mind

    BERLIN — Angela Merkel’s abrupt decision to reinstate controls on Germany’s border with Austria followed a hectic weekend during which the chancellor faced intense pressure from state and local officials expected to house and feed the growing wave of asylum seekers heading to the country. Their message to the German leader: genug,...

    Orban’s police state
    Sep14

    Orban’s police state

    With refugees skirting a razor-wire fence to enter the country, overflowing the Keleti station in Budapest, forced into closed migrant camps and hiking in desperation along the highways to Vienna, the Hungarian government’s brutal treatment of migrants has been on display for all to see. It is about to get much worse. According to a law...

    An Estonian recipe for asylum reform
    Sep13

    An Estonian recipe for asylum reform

    TALINN — Europe is facing the biggest asylum crises since World War II, and it is here to stay. Finding a way out is not so much about fair burden-sharing, but about a political willingness to adjust the existing asylum system. It also demands a much more active and creative pursuit of a common foreign and security policy. None of the conflicts...

    Why Russia Still Loves Putin
    Sep12

    Why Russia Still Loves Putin

    It’s a weekday afternoon in Kostroma, a drowsy provincial center 250 miles northeast of Moscow, and something is stirring in a quiet apartment yard on the city outskirts. Upbeat instrumental music is pouring out of a sound system, summoning residents—most of them military families—down for a campaign stop by Ilya Yashin, an opposition...

    Trump bashes Obama before Ukrainian audience
    Sep11

    Trump bashes Obama before Ukrainian audience

    Donald Trump took his campaign global on Friday, speaking via video link to a pro-European Ukrainian conference in Kyiv, and used the occasion to bash President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. “Our president is not strong, and he is not doing what he should be doing for the Ukraine,” Trump said, referring to the country in a way that...

    Tensions flare over Russia-Ukraine gas deal
    Sep11

    Tensions flare over Russia-Ukraine gas deal

    Senior EU energy official Maroš Sefčovič will attempt to jumpstart talks Friday with Russia on reopening gas deliveries to Ukraine, but the chances of a quick breakthrough appear remote. The challenge is that Russia’s Gazprom wants to keep selling gas to Ukraine — the cash is welcomed as the Russian economy contracts — but for political...

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