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    Russian state media: NATO like a ‘kindergarten teacher’
    Jul08

    Russian state media: NATO like a ‘kindergarten teacher’

    As leaders from the 28-member NATO alliance gather in Poland, Russian state media has pounced on comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that security in Europe can only be ensured by keeping Moscow on-side. The military alliance’s posture toward Russia since its annexation of Crimea in 2014 has been increasingly aggressive....

    NATO tries to flex under Trump, Brexit cloud
    Jul08

    NATO tries to flex under Trump, Brexit cloud

    WARSAW — President Barack Obama and his top national security advisers are in Poland to rally NATO countries around the threat of Russia and the fight against the Islamic State as they try to re-energize the Alliance in the face of isolationist movements on both sides of the Atlantic. The two-day NATO summit comes amid populist unrest in the...

    NATO’s Germany problem
    Jul08

    NATO’s Germany problem

    BERLIN — When NATO’s faithful gather to discuss the Alliance’s latest challenge, a flurry of adjectives fills the air — mercurial, unpredictable, self-righteous. The object of the frustration isn’t the bloc’s longtime nemesis to the east, however. It’s Germany. As many Alliance members become increasingly nervous...

    Poland’s ‘powerholic’
    Jul08

    Poland’s ‘powerholic’

    ARSAW — Jarosław Kaczyński’s office is located on the first floor of a ramshackle building in central Warsaw. There’s a pool hall in the basement and a Japanese restaurant around the corner. The simple sign on the glass door reads only, “The office of member of parliament Jarosław Kaczyński.” Everyone knows not to knock without prior...

    The Russia factor at the NATO summit
    Jul07

    The Russia factor at the NATO summit

    The elephant in the room at this week’s NATO summit will be Russia. Deterrence options on the table in Warsaw, including the presence of NATO forces in Eastern Europe, are attempts to respond to the Alliance’s biggest, most unpredictable neighbor. But when NATO leaders sit down to discuss relations with Russia, don’t expect any...

    NATO cannot be strong if democracy is weak
    Jul07

    NATO cannot be strong if democracy is weak

    I recall sitting next to Viktor Orbán at a dinner in Budapest in the early days of the war in Kosovo. It was spring 1999, and I asked Orbán why his government supported the NATO intervention despite considerable public opposition. Without pause, the prime minister — a year into his first time on the job — replied that it was important for...

    Poland tries to end constitutional crisis ahead of NATO summit
    Jul07

    Poland tries to end constitutional crisis ahead of NATO summit

    WARSAW — Poland’s parliament on Thursday rushed through a law reforming the functioning of the top constitutional court in an effort to defuse an issue that has poisoned the country’s relations with its allies ahead of the NATO summit starting in the capital Friday. Poland has been embroiled for months in a constitutional crisis over...

    Angela Merkel: Eastern Europe needs NATO assurances
    Jul07

    Angela Merkel: Eastern Europe needs NATO assurances

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine have left NATO’s Eastern allies “deeply unsettled,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday as she justified the Alliance’s planned deployment of four battalions in the Baltic states and Poland. Addressing the lower house of the German parliament, Merkel said “trust had been lost” with Moscow...

    How Brexit hurts NATO
    Jul07

    How Brexit hurts NATO

    What a difference a day makes. On June 23, 17.4 million British voters cast their ballot in favor of leaving the European Union. And while they represent a tiny 0.14 percent of the 880.9 million population of NATO member countries, their vote radically shifts the focus of the Alliance’s Warsaw summit this Friday and Saturday and will shape...

    The trouble with referendums
    Jul06

    The trouble with referendums

    After Britain’s decision to leave the European Union via popular referendum last month, political turmoil ensued. But don’t let the near-collapse of the British government make you think governments will be dissuaded from using this form of supposedly direct democracy in future: Referendums are more popular than ever. In fact,...

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