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    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...

    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...

    NATO should not abandon Georgia
    Jul08

    NATO should not abandon Georgia

    The U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union sent political shockwaves across Europe and has cast a shadow of uncertainty on the future of the European project. But the Continent’s lack of strategic vision could have especially dangerous consequences for those still seeking to join its ranks — and for Georgia especially. Georgia...

    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...

    Obama to broach Syria, Russia, Brexit at NATO summit: White House
    Jul07

    Obama to broach Syria, Russia, Brexit at NATO summit: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will speak with European leaders about the Syrian refugee crisis, Russia and Ukraine, and the aftermath of Britain’s decision to pull out of the EU during the NATO summit on Friday, the White House said. …read more Source:...

    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...

    Cardinal: Meeting between Pope and Patriarch in Belarus could help resolve Ukraine crisis
    Jul07

    Cardinal: Meeting between Pope and Patriarch in Belarus could help resolve Ukraine crisis

    However, judging by what I have seen here, Belarus could play the role of a mediator between the Catholic and Orthodox churches, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna said. …read more Source:...

    Just visiting
    Jul07

    Just visiting

    VLADIMIR PUTIN, Russia’s president, rarely visits the European Union these days. When he does, it is unclear whether he wishes to mend fences or issue threats. During a visit on July 1st to Finland, which has a 1,340km (883-mile) border with Russia, Mr Putin did both: he made reassurance sound like a threat. Even as NATO was running...

    President Duda: NATO must reinforce its presence in our part of Europe
    Jul07

    President Duda: NATO must reinforce its presence in our part of Europe

    Multinational battalions on the eastern flank are a clear signal of NATO solidarity, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda proclaimed in an interview with PAP. According to the President, NATO should not allow Russia to talk to the alliance’s states from a position of strength, while the alliance should leave the door open for Ukraine,...

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