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    Attacks in France put NATO on the spot
    Nov16

    Attacks in France put NATO on the spot

    Calls grew Sunday for the NATO military alliance to defend France in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, raising the prospect of a more robust military campaign — possibly including the use of ground troops — to take on the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and other countries where the militant group has extended its reach. Signs of a stronger...

    A Ukrainian mongrel
    Nov13

    A Ukrainian mongrel

    KIEV — The convenience store opposite my apartment in this city’s historic center is run by people from western Ukraine who make no secret of their disdain for the Russian language. When I order my cigarettes or beer in Russian, they’re churlish, and often claim not to have any change for my large bills. When I throw in a few words of...

    Despots and democracy
    Nov13

    Despots and democracy

    A specter is haunting Europe, and the world — the specter of elected despotism. In Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Iran, and even as far afield as Venezuela, a new order is challenging the Western model of liberal democracy. Turkey’s recent election shows this phenomenon is replicable and contagious, not absolutist in the form of fascism or...

    Journalists can save Ukraine
    Nov12

    Journalists can save Ukraine

    KIEV — Wide ranging and massive corruption, censorship, lies, and an atmosphere of impunity — this is what Ukrainian politics looked like two years ago. And it almost buried the country in the mass grave that was the Eurasian Union under the ruby star of the Kremlin. There is a group of members of the corrupt Party of Regions in Ukraine that I...

    The EU helps Israel oppress Palestinians
    Nov12

    The EU helps Israel oppress Palestinians

    Despite Israel’s descent into unmasked, right-wing extremism, particularly with the current escalation of its brutal occupation and repression, Europe remains largely complicit in supporting Israel’s occupation and violations of Palestinian rights, despite the empty rhetoric coming from the European Union. All the buzz in Brussels and...

    Glucksmann: The consummate contemporary
    Nov10

    Glucksmann: The consummate contemporary

    PARIS — Swirling around my head since this morning are the many André Glucksmanns that I have known. Caroming, they send me into zones of memory that I had not expected to revisit so soon. There is the handsome young man haranguing a group of 10 or so workers and students in an apartment on the Rue du Bourg-Tibourg in Paris in 1969 or 1970. The...

    ISIL takes to the air
    Nov08

    ISIL takes to the air

    Britain does a better job than most Western governments in denying terrorists the publicity they crave. Having, sadly, had more experience than other European countries in the matter, the Brits tend not to accept terrorist organization claims at face value, or provide the sensationalist responses that make terrorism an effective tactic. So it is...

    POLITICO Playbook Plus — Trading places — Danish drama — the Thatcher look
    Nov07

    POLITICO Playbook Plus — Trading places — Danish drama — the Thatcher look

    DANISH EUROCRITIC DERAILED IN MONEY SCANDAL: A year ago Morten Messerschmidt was riding high. More than 10 percent of Danish voters cast ballots for him in the 2014 European election, the third highest number of votes for a single candidate in all of Europe for that election. He promised to fix the EU and make it more transparent: “The EU is a...

    Old stereotypes, new insecurities
    Nov06

    Old stereotypes, new insecurities

    The crises Europe has faced since the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, highlight the EU’s limits in working speedily together. But this is not to say we are unable to work together. The unprecedented and historic consensus in response to the grave violations of international law in the Anschluss of Crimea...

    Growing up in the shadow of ‘Brother Putin’
    Nov06

    Growing up in the shadow of ‘Brother Putin’

    The latest hip-hop hit in Russia is a bass-speaker-shaking tribute to the ex-KGB officer who has ruled the country for over 15 years. “My best friend is Vladimir Putin,” raps Russian star Timati, in a slick video released in October in honor of Putin’s 63rd birthday. In the background, rappers in Putin masks chill on Red Square. “The whole...

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