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    POLITICO Brussels Playbook Plus: EU fights fake news machine — Culture wars — Separated at birth
    Jan28

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook Plus: EU fights fake news machine — Culture wars — Separated at birth

    EU FIGHTS FAKE NEWS MACHINE FROM SHADOWS: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Playbook he does not believe in “fighting propaganda with propaganda.” The EU also stays out of the propaganda game (mostly) but has created a team called “East StratCom” in the External Action Service to...

    German foreign minister to meet team Trump
    Jan27

    German foreign minister to meet team Trump

    Sigmar Gabriel, who will take over as German foreign minister Friday afternoon, will travel to the U.S. to meet the country’s Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson next week, local media reported Friday. Gabriel will also meet United Nations officials in New York during his visit, Handelsblatt wrote, citing...

    Putin, Trump to speak Saturday: Kremlin
    Jan27

    Putin, Trump to speak Saturday: Kremlin

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump are scheduled to speak by phone Saturday, the Kremlin said Friday, Reuters reported. The planned phone call will be the first conversation between the two since Trump took office January 20. The Kremlin did not outline what the presidents will discuss during their...

    EU fights Russian fake news machine from the shadows
    Jan27

    EU fights Russian fake news machine from the shadows

    NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg told Playbook that he does not believed in “fighting propaganda with propaganda.” The EU also stays out of the propaganda game (mostly) but has created a team “East StratCom” in its External Action Service to catalogue and expose disinformation it says comes from the Russian state. So far it claims...

    In the Baltics, waiting for history to start up again
    Jan27

    In the Baltics, waiting for history to start up again

    VILNIUS, Lithuania — A large plaque located in a central square in Lithuania’s capital city enshrines a phrase uttered by U.S. President George W. Bush during a visit in 2002: “Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an enemy has also made an enemy of the United States of America.” It’s a...

    Theresa May seeks price of Trump friendship
    Jan26

    Theresa May seeks price of Trump friendship

    LONDON — Theresa May knows what she wants from Donald Trump, but doesn’t yet know the price. The U.K. prime minister arrives in the United States Thursday vowing to reboot the special relationship with the new administration and eager to start work on a U.S.-U.K. trade deal. But even before she had landed, costs were...

    Kosovo, Serb dispute threatens to derail Balkan peace
    Jan24

    Kosovo, Serb dispute threatens to derail Balkan peace

    MITROVICA, Kosovo — The European Union is stepping in between squabbling Kosovar Albanians and Serbs, fearing that a new dispute could undo nearly two decades of efforts to stabilize the southern Balkans. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini this week will try to get leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to defuse a dispute over a...

    Russia foreign ministry: Date for Trump-Putin call being finalized
    Jan23

    Russia foreign ministry: Date for Trump-Putin call being finalized

    A spokesman for Russia’s foreign ministry said Monday that his government expects to finalize a date soon for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first phone call with President Donald Trump since his inauguration last week. On a conference call with reporters that was reported by Reuters, Russian foreign ministry spokesman...

    US spies fear allies will stop sharing intel under Russia-friendly Trump
    Jan22

    US spies fear allies will stop sharing intel under Russia-friendly Trump

    Now that Donald Trump is officially its commander-in-chief, America’s foreign allies are being forced to grapple with a highly sensitive question: Is it still safe to share information with U.S. intelligence agencies? The global spy community — a fractious world where friends, frenemies and sometimes enemies often enter...

    Martin Schulz’s long goodbye
    Jan20

    Martin Schulz’s long goodbye

    So long, farewell, auf Wiederse… Make that, see you Monday. Perhaps no figure in the history of the European Parliament has had as many ceremonial, valedictory events as Martin Schulz, the recently-departed Parliament president. There was a news conference in late November when he announced his decision to leave Parliament and return to...

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