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    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,...

    Günther Oettinger urges action against Spain and Portugal over deficits
    Jul04

    Günther Oettinger urges action against Spain and Portugal over deficits

    The European Commission must sanction Spain and Portugal for breaching deficit rules “if [it] wants to keep its credibility,” Günther Oettinger, the bloc’s digital economy commissioner, told the Bild newspaper. “Both countries have not respected their self-imposed budget obligations in 2015. I think that if the Commission wants to keep its...

    Brexit roadmap: A guide to what happens next
    Jul04

    Brexit roadmap: A guide to what happens next

    Britain’s referendum on EU membership answered one question but raised a lot of others — from who will next lead the U.K. to what relationship it will have with Europe to how the union itself will retool for the future. The biggest question of all is how Brexit will actually happen, once Britain formally gives notice it is leaving the EU....

    EU extends economic sanctions on Russia through next year
    Jul01

    EU extends economic sanctions on Russia through next year

    The European Council today approved extending economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy through the end of January. The expected move extends sanctions on Russia that were first introduced two years ago and have been repeatedly extended. In recent weeks, some EU leaders have softened their stance on the sanctions,...

    Jean-Claude Juncker: I don’t care about bad press. And I’m not quitting!
    Jun29

    Jean-Claude Juncker: I don’t care about bad press. And I’m not quitting!

    Jean-Claude Juncker offered a sharp defense of his record during the Brexit campaign, rejecting calls for him to resign in the wake of a vote that could rob the European Union of one of its largest members and nearly one-fifth of its economy. Asked by POLITICO after Wednesday’s European summit for his response to critics, including the...

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