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    No, Prime Minister
    Apr24

    No, Prime Minister

    Last week I took part in a wonderful conference on Jews and the Opera, hosted by the Flemish Opera and the University of Antwerp. We discussed, among much else, the mutual inspiration of synagogue songs and some of Europe’s greatest musical compositions. It was a gentle and civilized debate, except for two dissonant notes: the ghost of...

    World war Obama
    Apr24

    World war Obama

    President Barack Obama’s expression of remorse on Thursday for the death of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike underscored one of the great frustrations of his presidency: His dream of extricating the U.S. from messy foreign conflicts remains just that. Obama pledged in his 2013 inaugural address that “a decade of war is now ending,” but...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Greek heat — Migration omnishambles — European Divides — Schulz readies to replace Merkel
    Apr24

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Greek heat — Migration omnishambles — European Divides — Schulz readies to replace Merkel

    by Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu MISSED THE POLITICO PRINT EDITION? HERE’S THE 32-PAGE PDF: http://bit.ly/1d3nWxh DRIVING THE DAY >>> WILL WE EVER SEE PROGRESS ON GREECE? WHY DOES TODAY MATTER? BEGINNING OF THE LAST CHANCE SALOON: The new left-wing Greek government was supposed to present detailed reform plans today...

    NATO sees Russian buildup in Ukraine
    Apr23

    NATO sees Russian buildup in Ukraine

    NATO is seeing a “substantial Russian buildup” along the border with and inside Ukraine, violating the Minsk ceasefire agreement, Jens Stoltenberg, the organization’s secretary general, said on Thursday. “We are not certain about their intentions but we know their capabilities,” Stoltenberg said at “European Divides,” the launch event for...

    Vestager: No bias against American companies
    Apr23

    Vestager: No bias against American companies

    When Margrethe Vestager took office, the European commissioner for competition was so concerned about accusations that her department was unfairly persecuting American companies that she ordered an internal investigation. “I was afraid that there could be a bias,” she acknowledged Thursday, speaking as part of the opening panel at “European...

    Rip Van Brussels
    Apr23

    Rip Van Brussels

    “This town has changed so much since you lived here.” The returnee hears this view all the time. In every case but one (and that eurocrat requires anonymity) the speaker means for the better. Insists on it with a smile and a pat on the arm. As if — after 15 years of life outside the soggy capital of Europe — you need a psychic palliative. Turn of...

    Presidential race frames parliamentary election
    Apr23

    Presidential race frames parliamentary election

    WARSAW — The first round of Poland’s presidential election next month has captivated the country’s chattering classes, but there is little doubt that in the end the winner will be the incumbent Bronisław Komorowski. While there is not much of a mystery over the outcome, the size of Komorowski’s likely victory, and whether he has...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by GE — Gazprom under fire — Verhofstadt on fire — GROW shrinks — DG LIMBO
    Apr23

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by GE — Gazprom under fire — Verhofstadt on fire — GROW shrinks — DG LIMBO

    by Ryan Heath, @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu Our @POLITICOEurope app launches today in both iTunes & Android stores GAZPROM: GAME ON, SAYS EU COMPETITION CHIEF: The “very dominant” gas provider, majority-owned by the Russian government, is charged with abusing that dominance in five Central and Eastern Europe countries. That’s a...

    Give us strength
    Apr23

    Give us strength

    Ukraine has embarked on an economic transition the outcome of which will determine the country’s future. Other states have traveled this path already, but not in conditions as challenging as the ones we face. We are burdened with a legacy that includes 74 years of totalitarian rule and dysfunctional command economics, 19 years of inadequate...

    NATO goes to war — over Montenegro
    Apr23

    NATO goes to war — over Montenegro

    The next battleground for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a rocky seaside Balkan state of 650,000 people. The conflict in Ukraine is fueling a behind-the-scenes struggle within the Western military alliance over a proposal to bring in Montenegro, which lies 2,000 kilometers southwest and four borders from Russia but has gotten entangled...

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