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    Important Defense move for Continent
    May05

    Important Defense move for Continent

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the intelligence and combat experience of Gen. Joe Dunford, the Marine he has nominated to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top uniformed military leader. “I know Joe. I trust him,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. “He’s already proven his ability to give...

    Moldova is hanging by a thread
    May05

    Moldova is hanging by a thread

    Ukraine’s borders meet those of Moldova and Romania in the village of Mamaliga, which shares its name with a type of porridge native to these borderlands. The crossing into Moldova is quiet. After passport control, a Ukrainian guard directs our bus to the Moldovan side. “Glory to Ukraine!” he shouts across the border. “Glory to the heroes!”...

    The monarchs of Prague Castle
    May05

    The monarchs of Prague Castle

    PRAGUE – Placid and stolid, the Czech Republic revels in its reputation as the level-headed heart of central Europe, a sort of Bohemian version of Switzerland. So why can’t the country place a boring and uncontroversial president in the hulking Prague Castle? While Czechs are among the central Europeans least likely to migrate (why leave a...

    To save Russia’s economy, Putin hits his base where it hurts
    May04

    To save Russia’s economy, Putin hits his base where it hurts

    The ruble’s recent appreciation, mostly due to rising oil prices, has led some analysts to conclude that Russia’s economy is on its way to recovery. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently made his own optimistic assertion: “No collapse has happened. The Russian economy has relatively easy overcome these artificial barriers (created...

    Poland’s left faces extinction
    May04

    Poland’s left faces extinction

    WARSAW — The left ruled Poland during four decades of communism and even after the collapse of the Soviet empire it remained a potent political force — but this year could mark its end. The presidential election on May 9 could have been a chance for the left to pull itself together before parliamentary elections in the fall. Instead, it could be...

    Patriots for Poland
    May03

    Patriots for Poland

    By the book, deterrence is “a strategy intended to dissuade an adversary from taking an action not yet started” and “the maintenance of military power for the purpose of discouraging an attack.” But as a former NATO commander, in peace and in combat, I would add one thing to the dictionary definitions above — deterrence is also the ability to...

    Britain’s uncertain European future
    May02

    Britain’s uncertain European future

    David Cameron’s decision to promise to hold an in-out-referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017 should the Conservatives with the upcoming general election lies at the heart of all the critiques of the coalition government’s foreign policy. Ed Miliband argued at Chatham House last week that, by doing so, Mr Cameron has...

    POLITICO Playbook Plus: GUESS WHO’S not coming to dinner
    May01

    POLITICO Playbook Plus: GUESS WHO’S not coming to dinner

    GASTRONOMICAL DIVIDE: French far-right MEPs Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie have always jointly entertained guests in the members’ restaurant at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. But this week it’s separate checks, please! Seems their teams have made arrangements for two tables, with screens dividing them. Breaking bread...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — UK general election special
    May01

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — UK general election special

    by Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | send tips to [email protected] Welcome to a special UK election edition of Brussels Playbook: your guide to what’s about to happen in Britain and what you need to know come May 8. BUT FIRST, A REMINDER: Today is the six-month anniversary of the Juncker Commission. AND SOME EU SPEED READS: 1) ORBÁN BACKS AWAY...

    Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster
    Apr30

    Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster

    Amid all the talk about a new Cold War, here’s one hard, cold fact: Nearly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington and Moscow still have nearly 2,000 atomic bombs ready to fly at a moment’s notice to destroy each other. And that so-called hair-trigger alert is now sparking new concerns that deepening distrust...

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