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    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,...

    Saving Macedonia
    May20

    Saving Macedonia

    The huge anti-rallies in Skopje this week are the largest peaceful demonstrations in Macedonia’s short history of independence. Somewhere between 40,000 to 100,000 people turned out to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his cabinet. The protesters were not discouraged by government orders for state employees and...

    Saving ‘Juncker’s baby’
    May20

    Saving ‘Juncker’s baby’

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is scrambling to salvage a controversial piece of his migration strategy: a quota system for the relocation of refugees across the EU. The plan — which aims to ease the migrant pressure on countries like Italy or Greece by moving refugees to other EU nations — has become a personal project of the...

    The inglorious Bundeswehr
    May20

    The inglorious Bundeswehr

    Last September, while Ukrainian troops were battling pro-Russian separatists on the eastern edges of Europe, a German battalion participated in a NATO exercise in Norway. They didn’t have any weapons with them, but the German army, the Bundeswehr, has long been used to shortages of equipment. So the soldiers knew what to do: They took a...

    Germany needs to calm down
    May19

    Germany needs to calm down

    The news that Germany’s BND intelligence service regularly shared classified information with the NSA is the latest in the country’s ongoing debate about surveillance. The story reached a climax when the American CIA station chief was asked to leave Berlin in July after the revelation, the year prior, that the US had tapped German...

    A test of the EU’s revolving door
    May19

    A test of the EU’s revolving door

    How hard is it for a lobbyist not to lobby? The European Commission is about to find out, after deciding to allow a former commissioner now on the payroll of a software company to continue his work as an official adviser to the EU executive, provided he refrains from promoting his new employer’s interests. In a move set to test the...

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