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    How the world fell out of love with Obama
    Jul09

    How the world fell out of love with Obama

    The rest of the world fell as hard for Barack Obama as Americans did. Back in 2008, the same qualities in the 47-year-old senator from Illinois that excited U.S. voters enthralled people around the globe. He was a fresh face and a compelling orator. He had spent his childhood in the Asia-Pacific, and his skin color alone made billions of people...

    US expelled two Russian diplomats from Washington: media report
    Jul09

    US expelled two Russian diplomats from Washington: media report

    The United States expelled two Russian diplomats in response to an attack on an American diplomat in Moscow. U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said two Russian officials – who have not been named – were told to leave the country on June 17, the BBC reported Saturday. Earlier last month, on June 6, a Russian policeman attacked the U.S....

    Obama gives worried allies a pep talk at NATO summit
    Jul08

    Obama gives worried allies a pep talk at NATO summit

    WARSAW — NATO leaders took pains Friday to demonstrate common resolve at the outset of a two-day summit overshadowed by concerns over European unity and alliance divisions about how to counter Russia’s territorial grabs. “This will be a landmark summit and the decisions we are going to take together will once again confirm that Europe and...

    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...

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