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    Christmas in Grozny
    Jan17

    Christmas in Grozny

    GROZNY, Russia — As I entered the lobby of my hotel in Grozny, I came face to face with two men dressed in tight black uniforms, revolvers hanging from their waists. They bore no military or police insignia, just two patched flags: Chechen on the right arm, and Russian on the left. A slightly unnerving welcome. I would hear a lot about these...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook Plus: Political DOGFIGHT — OBAMA and the ‘E’ word — EURO jet set — EU COOKIE monster
    Jan16

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook Plus: Political DOGFIGHT — OBAMA and the ‘E’ word — EURO jet set — EU COOKIE monster

    WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?: If 2015 was the year of the grumble about a possible extended term for European Parliament President Martin Schulz (above left), then 2016 is the year of the roar. Opposition to Schulz holding onto the office — which anchors the grand coalition between the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialists and Democrats...

    Obama’s ‘slippery slope’ delusion
    Jan15

    Obama’s ‘slippery slope’ delusion

    In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama sounded a familiar and somewhat defensive theme about the Islamic State. Let’s not overreact, he said, against “masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages … [who] do not threaten our national existence.” To intensify the fight...

    Warsaw’s EU spat stalls German-Polish engine
    Jan14

    Warsaw’s EU spat stalls German-Polish engine

    Angela Merkel found herself in military uniform this week. Perched over a vast table of maps, the German leader appeared in full Nazi regalia alongside her trusted European generals, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz. Though Germans are used to such provocations, the surprising thing this time was that it didn’t originate in Greece or...

    EU launches ‘rule of law’ probe of Poland
    Jan13

    EU launches ‘rule of law’ probe of Poland

    The European Commission decided Wednesday to launch a preliminary assessment of Poland’s recent clampdown on its Constitutional Tribunal, taking the first step toward possible sanctions of Warsaw for actions that may violate the Union’s democratic principles. Frans Timmermans, the Commission’s first vice president, told...

    What Obama said about Europe…
    Jan13

    What Obama said about Europe…

    U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his final “State of the Union” address Tuesday night, offering a vigorous defense of his years in office and calling on politicians and the American public to overcome partisanship and fear. But almost as interesting as what he said was what he didn’t say, especially regarding Europe. According to a...

    Obama’s vision of the world clashes with TV reality
    Jan13

    Obama’s vision of the world clashes with TV reality

    President Obama portrayed his foreign policy as a level-headed, visionary success on Tuesday night. But that’s an argument he’s made before — and so far, Americans aren’t buying it. Recent polls show that about half of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of world affairs, largely thanks to fear over worldwide...

    David Cameron’s newest Brussels problem: the local Tories
    Jan13

    David Cameron’s newest Brussels problem: the local Tories

    David Cameron had his hands full enough already, trying to coax European leaders into accepting controversial reforms aimed at avoiding a “Brexit.” Now, he’s struggling to keep another unruly bunch of politicians in line: members of his own Conservative party in Brussels. The 20 Tories who represent the U.K. in the European Parliament are...

    EU can still block Hungary’s veto on Polish sanctions
    Jan11

    EU can still block Hungary’s veto on Polish sanctions

    The Law and Justice government in Poland stormed into office with rash plans to disable the Constitutional Court, muzzle the media, fire a wide swath of civil servants, politicize independent institutions and seize partisan control of the military. This has set off alarm bells in Brussels, where the European Commission has listed the Polish...

    EU sanctions are ‘theater of the absurd’ — Putin
    Jan11

    EU sanctions are ‘theater of the absurd’ — Putin

    The EU’s sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis are “absurd,” President Vladimir Putin said in a German newspaper interview, in which he blamed the eastward expansion of NATO for replacing the Berlin Wall with “invisible walls” between Russia and Europe. “What the European Union is doing with those sanctions is nothing but a...

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