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    NATO has never been more relevant
    May25

    NATO has never been more relevant

    NATO is the centerpiece of US-European relations. The linchpin of the alliance is Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that “an armed attack against one or more of them [NATO members] in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all” and that all members are obliged to assist the state(s) under attack....

    Modest Eastern Partnership summit ends modestly
    May22

    Modest Eastern Partnership summit ends modestly

    RIGA — Expectations were pretty low going into the Eastern Partnership summit and in the end the meeting between European Union leaders and six post-Soviet republics lived up to that unambitious standard. Unlike the previous summit in Vilnius in late 2013, when thousands of Ukrainians had taken to the streets of Kiev to demonstrate in favor of...

    Polish establishment rallies around Komorowski
    May22

    Polish establishment rallies around Komorowski

    WARSAW — Locked in a dead heat against an unexpectedly strong challenger, incumbent Polish President Bronisław Komorowski is warning voters that if they choose Andrzej Duda over him on Sunday then almost a decade of Polish foreign policy gains could be jeopardized. “You can’t choose people who would oppose Poland and the West,” Komorowski...

    Cameron starts EU reform push
    May22

    Cameron starts EU reform push

    RIGA – British Prime Minister David Cameron will use his first post-election summit with his fellow EU leaders Friday to open talks on the changes to the way the bloc works ahead of an referendum before the end of 2017. The Eastern Partnership summit is aimed primarily at discussing the EU’s relationship with six eastern states — Moldova,...

    Hollande’s calculated turn on Russia
    May22

    Hollande’s calculated turn on Russia

    PARIS — An unlikely new player has waltzed onto France’s political stage: Vladimir Putin. Two years away from a presidential election, French political leaders have split into two camps with regard to the Russian president. On one side, ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have defended the annexation of Crimea...

    The Baltic ‘Iron Lady’: Putin’s solitary foe
    May21

    The Baltic ‘Iron Lady’: Putin’s solitary foe

    VILNIUS, Lithuania — Martial arts teach how to fend off larger opponents with decisive strikes and a nimble defense. Dalia Grybauskaitė, the president of Lithuania and a black belt in karate, has taken on Russia and Vladimir Putin over Ukraine. Her foe is a black belt in judo himself. And the leader of a neighboring country of 144 million, more...

    Honey, I shrunk Britain
    May21

    Honey, I shrunk Britain

    LONDON — During the British general election Ed Miliband scored a hit that few noticed. In a speech at Chatham House he accused David Cameron of pursuing an “isolationist” foreign policy that has led to the “biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation.” It’s the sort of charge that you might expect to hear from a Tory...

    The Parliament is bored
    May21

    The Parliament is bored

    STRASBOURG — Ask people in Brussels what they think about MEPs, and they will often roll their eyes. The European Parliament has long been derided as a haven for lazy or disgraced politicians who do little more than churn out boring reports full of acronyms and footnotes. That perception has changed in recent years as the EU treaty handed the...

    ‘The queen of Austria’
    May21

    ‘The queen of Austria’

    LONDON — It’s April 15 and the Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst is sitting inside a small theater at the London Book Fair. To her left rests a six-foot high image of her autobiography “Being Conchita,” which has already been translated into five languages. The cover photo — a close-up of her face — is so detailed you can count her...

    Eastern Partnership summit likely to disappoint
    May20

    Eastern Partnership summit likely to disappoint

    Thousands of Ukrainians braved clubs and bullets last year to show they wanted a European future for their country; this week’s Eastern Partnership summit in Riga will likely show them that the door still isn’t open. According to signals from Brussels, the EU is not only going to avoid mentioning Ukraine’s possible membership,...

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