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    ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’
    Jul22

    ‘Never write off Saudi Arabia’

    The Saudis put on a diplomatic charm offensive in the EU capital this week designed to highlight looming changes in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom. The man who delivered the message was the foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, a member of the younger, Western-educated generation of Saudi Arabian leaders that have taken seats in King...

    Trump’s NATO comments ‘unprecedented’
    Jul22

    Trump’s NATO comments ‘unprecedented’

    WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama attended a NATO summit in Warsaw earlier this month, he had one core goal: to reassure jittery members of the 67-year Alliance that the U.S. would defend them against Russian aggression. “As treaty allies, we have a solemn, binding Article 5 duty to defend each other. And in this obligation, we will never...

    Hillary’s anti-Trump
    Jul21

    Hillary’s anti-Trump

    Retired Admiral James Stavridis, whose vetting as a possible vice president for Hillary Clinton has suddenly placed him in the spotlight in the run-up to her decision, has made a career as a leading warrior-scholar and iconoclast. “Walls don’t work,” he declared as the top commander of NATO in 2012. “Instead of building walls to create...

    Donald Trump’s remarks on NATO sets off freakout
    Jul21

    Donald Trump’s remarks on NATO sets off freakout

    Donald Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. shouldn’t automatically come to the defense of its NATO allies if they are attacked is already alarming longstanding American allies, and is likely to please U.S. rival Russia. “Solidarity among allies is a key value for NATO,” the military alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg,...

    Why Russia is rejoicing over Trump
    Jul21

    Why Russia is rejoicing over Trump

    MOSCOW — Excited by Donald Trump’s pledge to promote “easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia,” the Kremlin establishment earlier this month invited Trump adviser Carter Page to speak before graduating students of Russian School of Economics. Page did not disappoint. In his remarks, Page condemned current American policy for...

    NATO-Russia talks ‘not a meeting of the minds,’ says alliance chief
    Jul13

    NATO-Russia talks ‘not a meeting of the minds,’ says alliance chief

    Talks between NATO and Russia in Warsaw on Wednesday were “an important opportunity to clarify our position,” the alliance’s secretary-general said. Jens Stoltenberg said they discussed a range of issues at the rare talks, including the Ukraine crisis and the stationing of NATO troops in the Baltic states and in Poland. But he cautioned...

    The idealistic pull of the ‘Anglosphere’
    Jul13

    The idealistic pull of the ‘Anglosphere’

    LONDON — As I wandered around the anti-Brexit protests in London last weekend, I saw nothing on the many placards in the air that could counter the simple message of their opponents. The Leave camp’s “Take Back Control” and proliferation of national flags have a powerful emotional pull, one that pro-Europeans have struggled to deliver....

    Spain, Portugal in line for penalties on budget deficits
    Jul12

    Spain, Portugal in line for penalties on budget deficits

    EU finance ministers have given the European Commission the green light to pursue potential sanctions against Portugal and Spain for failing to meet the bloc’s budgetary rules. The ministers made the decision today after scrutinizing an assessment by the Commission, which concluded that the Iberian countries had failed to take “effective...

    French finance minister calls for Portugal to be spared EU sanctions
    Jul11

    French finance minister calls for Portugal to be spared EU sanctions

    Portugal does not deserve to be punished for missing EU budget targets, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Monday. The European Commission last week began formal disciplinary procedures against Portugal and Spain for having excessive deficits in 2014 and 2015, with EU finance ministers to make a decision Tuesday on what action to take. But...

    English are the exception — Europeans dig the EU
    Jul11

    English are the exception — Europeans dig the EU

    In the wake of the Leave campaign’s shocking win in the U.K.’s In/Out referendum, commentators have painstakingly defended Britain’s rampant Euroskepticism as part of a larger trend. They point to the wave of discontent sweeping through the Union, from Sweden and Denmark in the north, to France, the Netherlands and Austria in...

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