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    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 rheath@politico.eu 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...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Refugee burden-sharing  — Orbán cowboy — Microsoft lobbying
    Apr30

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Refugee burden-sharing — Orbán cowboy — Microsoft lobbying

    by Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | send tips to rheath@politico.eu GERMANY MOVES THE DIAL ON ASYLUM QUOTAS: The Guardian breaks the story that Germany is now pushing hard to revamp Europe’s handling of refugees, demanding a quota system so all 28 countries share the burden. Currently Germany and Sweden take in most of the migrants who arrive on...

    Poles and Czechs join forces on gas
    Apr30

    Poles and Czechs join forces on gas

    Historically Poles and Czechs have been frequent rivals — they even fought a nasty little border war a century ago — but their dependence on Russian gas and the EU’s pressure to more tightly integrate the continent’s gas markets are pushing the two closer together. The border town of Cieszyn in Poland and Český Těšín in the Czech...

    Europe’s Galápagos moment
    Apr29

    Europe’s Galápagos moment

    Ten years ago, I wrote a book claiming Europe would run the 21st century. With many now predicting “Grexit” or “Brexit,” and some people asking if the European Union will even survive the decade, was I insane? The book is not quite as hubristic as it sounds. I did not argue that the EU would have the largest economy or run the world as an empire....

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