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    Putin wants to turn page from Ukraine to Syria
    Nov23

    Putin wants to turn page from Ukraine to Syria

    When it comes to relations with Russia, the Kremlin wants the West to choose between sticking by its diplomatic guns on Ukraine or working arm-in-arm in Syria. So far, the EU and U.S. are resisting a zero-sum choice. In the days since the Paris terrorist attacks, senior officials in Washington and European capitals have signalled their reluctance...

    ‘All the terrorists are migrants’
    Nov23

    ‘All the terrorists are migrants’

    BUDAPEST — “Of course it’s not accepted, but the factual point is that all the terrorists are basically migrants,” says Viktor Orbán. “The question is when they migrated to the European Union.” In his office at the Hungarian parliament, the prime minister points toward the flowing Danube. In another era, an aide notes, the Turks followed...

    Time for US to get serious about Europe
    Nov21

    Time for US to get serious about Europe

    The hard truth is that for much of the last seven years, Europe has been relatively low on Washington’s agenda. Today, as Europe struggles to cope with a series of existential crises — ranging from the still shaky eurozone to the crisis in Ukraine, the threat from ISIL and an aggressive Russia, and an escalating migration crisis that has...

    The politics of corruption in Kiev
    Nov19

    The politics of corruption in Kiev

    KIEV — The former head of Ukraine’s state security service, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, arrived in Washington D.C. Thursday to deliver his scathing assessment of the country’s post-revolutionary law-enforcement to the U.S. Congress. Sources close to Nalyvaichenko say the visit is part of a bid to win American backing for a challenge to...

    Beating the Islamist propagandists
    Nov19

    Beating the Islamist propagandists

    Barely 12 hours had passed since the siege on Paris’ Bataclan theater ended and already the propagandists of the Islamic State had put together audio and textual statements claiming responsibility for the attack, in French, Arabic and English. Within minutes, tens of thousands of people had seen their audacious, gloating claim. Within...

    Russia cooks its defense books
    Nov17

    Russia cooks its defense books

    Reports that Russia is limiting military spending to a 1 percent (nominal) increase in 2016 may be timed to deflate NATO’s initiative to raise defense spending to the target 2 percent for each member country. Russia is playing a dual role. On the one hand, it exults in its military power on prominent display in Syria. On the other, it plays...

    Additions to the Transparency Register November 7 — November 31
    Nov16

    Additions to the Transparency Register November 7 — November 31

    Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana S.p.A. All with us – Tous avec nous American Insurance Association Asociación Dominicana de Productores de Banano Association for the International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works Associazione Difesa Consumatori e Ambiente promossa dalla CISL Autohaus Schaller GmbH Banana Growers Association, Belize...

    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...

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