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    EU drops the FIFA ball
    May29

    EU drops the FIFA ball

    As Loretta Lynch, the US attorney general, fattens her dossier on corruption in FIFA, a piquant question that rears its head is: Why didn’t the EU do this first? Despite the EU’s broad reach in antitrust, trade and other areas, it has none of the powers or the jurisdiction to tackle fraud, bribery and racketeering that the FBI does....

    In defense of Tony Blair
    May28

    In defense of Tony Blair

    LONDON — You don’t have to be a devoted fan of Tony Blair to see that the mockery he has received concerning his resignation as Middle East peace envoy is unfair. Much of the criticism he received during his eight years as Special Envoy for the International Quartet (comprising the US, the UN, the EU, and Russia) was disingenuous and...

    Russian weapons in Ukraine exposed
    May28

    Russian weapons in Ukraine exposed

    Russian President Vladimir Putin likes being in the limelight. So he no doubt enjoyed the festivities of April 16, when he took part in an annual Kremlin tradition: for four hours, he answered carefully prepared questions on live television from pre-screened callers. During the marathon call-in show, Putin warned the West to not make an enemy out...

    Duda rises over Brussels
    May28

    Duda rises over Brussels

    The surprise victory of Andrzej Duda in Poland’s presidential runoff was greeted with shock in Brussels, and raised pressing questions about the future of Warsaw’s policies toward as well as influence in the EU. The European capital had long factored in a second term for incumbent Bronisław Komorowski. Dismissed as an unknown and...

    The Dirty Dozen: 12 people who ruined Ukraine
    May28

    The Dirty Dozen: 12 people who ruined Ukraine

    When Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down to plot his invasion of Ukraine in February 2014, he didn’t have to start from scratch. Generations of Russian rulers have invaded Ukrainian lands to starve, deport and enslave the native populations, and Putin has drawn avidly from their playbooks. Ukraine’s oligarchs have been equally...

    Biden slams Putin in Brookings speech
    May27

    Biden slams Putin in Brookings speech

    Vice President Joe Biden took a hard stand against Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a speech at the Brookings Institution Wednesday, saying the situation in Ukraine is a “humanitarian tragedy created by Russian aggression.” “Helping Ukraine against Russian aggression is critical to checking further aggression down the road,” the vice president...

    Seven take-aways from the FIFA arrests
    May27

    Seven take-aways from the FIFA arrests

    There can’t be a single soccer fan anywhere in the world who didn’t have the sports-lover’s equivalent of a righteous orgasm on learning of the arrest at dawn — by the Swiss police — of seven FIFA senior officials. As of this writing, these men were being readied for extradition to the United States, where they will be...

    Russia and Qatar: losers in the FIFA scandal
    May27

    Russia and Qatar: losers in the FIFA scandal

    The Baur au Lac hotel is an old Zürich favorite. Its central location, Lake Zürich views, wood-paneled interior and reputation for discretion, make it a regular haunt for statesmen, billionaires, princes and, for the past couple decades, executives from global soccer’s governing body, FIFA. FIFA is known for its wealth — the last World Cup...

    Five subplots in the EU budget
    May27

    Five subplots in the EU budget

    The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled what it called “a small budget with a big punch” for the EU for next year, as officials sought to justify new spending to deal with foreign policy crises. While the broad outlines of the EU budget have already been determined for the 2014-2020 period, the annual budget allows wiggle room for certain...

    How Adolf Hitler Haunts Angela Merkel
    May27

    How Adolf Hitler Haunts Angela Merkel

    Seventy years after Adolf Hitler’s suicide, Germany’s unconditional surrender in World War II and its isolation and breakup, the country is a colossus once again, and its chancellor was just named by Forbes as the world’s most powerful woman. Angela Merkel, one of the globe’s most respected and influential statespersons,...

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