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    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...

    Dutch voters overwhelmingly reject agreement with Ukraine: poll
    Jan09

    Dutch voters overwhelmingly reject agreement with Ukraine: poll

    A majority of Dutch voters is opposed to the Netherlands’ ratification of the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine, a new poll ahead of an April 6 referendum on the issue showed Saturday. The poll, conducted by the Dutch public broadcaster’s program EenVandaag, is the first barometer on the April 6 vote. It found...

    5 targets for the Dutch EU presidency to succeed
    Jan09

    5 targets for the Dutch EU presidency to succeed

    Without wanting to overburden the Dutch policy makers who are presiding the EU Council during the first six months of this year, here are five specific targets they are very well capable of achieving: 1) Protect Schengen’s external borders Following the tightening of Danish border controls with Germany, hours after Sweden imposed similar...

    ‘We caved’
    Jan07

    ‘We caved’

    On a late July day this past summer, a roar filled the sky over Cairo. It was the sound of Barack Obama’s capitulation to a dictator. Eight new American fighter jets, freshly delivered from Washington, swooped low over the city, F-16s flying in formation. As they banked hard over the city’s center, they trailed plumes of red, white...

    Google translation error turns ‘Russia’ into ‘Mordor’
    Jan07

    Google translation error turns ‘Russia’ into ‘Mordor’

    Google says it has fixed a bug in its translation software that converted “Russian Federation” into “Mordor,” a fictional region in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy that has the nickname “Land of Shadow” and is home to the evil Sauron. The automated translation tool also turned “Russians” into “occupiers” while “Sergei Lavrov” — Russia’s...

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