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    POLITICO Playbook Plus: CRICKET diplomacy — JUNCKER brainstorm
    Sep18

    POLITICO Playbook Plus: CRICKET diplomacy — JUNCKER brainstorm

    CRICKET FOR REFUGEES: As European leaders struggle to deal with the refugee crisis, one British politician is hoping to help asylum-seekers camped out in Brussels by teaching them cricket. Dan Dalton is a former professional cricket player who is now an MEP from the West Midlands. He’s heading to the camps with fellow MEPs from the European...

    Jeremy Corbyn, the avatar of anti-Americanism
    Sep18

    Jeremy Corbyn, the avatar of anti-Americanism

    LONDON — It’s late evening on May 8, 2020, and the telephone rings at No. 10 Downing Street. “For you, Jez: It’s the White House.” “Tell the switchboard to put him on hold, please: I’ve got Hamas on the line and we’ve got a really brilliant idea.” The operator does her practiced best: “Please tell the president the prime...

    Rivals pummel Trump on foreign policy
    Sep17

    Rivals pummel Trump on foreign policy

    Is Donald Trump, Manhattan real estate mogul and reality television star, really fit to be commander in chief? That question was a focal point of Wednesday night’s Republican debate, in which Trump’s rivals aggressively questioned the wisdom of handing control over America’s nuclear arsenal to the bombastic businessman and...

    EU splits in Russian media war
    Sep17

    EU splits in Russian media war

    Even as the EU mobilizes to fight Russian propaganda, European governments are fighting each other over the best way to go about it. A new effort by Brussels to monitor and respond to the perceived bias of Kremlin-controlled media such as Russia 24 or Sputnik has exposed familiar fissures on the Continent. As the Russia media task force known as...

    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...

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