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Is Europe America’s friend or foe?

Since Donald Trump became US president in January 2017, his conduct has been astonishingly erratic, but his policies have been more consistent than foreseen by most observers. Trump’s volatility has been disconcerting, but on the whole he ha...

Why host the World Cup?

Whom would you trust more, Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel? Whereas Putin is reveling in the attention that Russia is receiving as host of the 2018 World Cup, Emanuel has informed the US Soccer Federation and FIFA th...

Grim spectre of Karl Marx’s teaching

Toomas Hiio, Director of Research at the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory The passing of 200 years since the birth of Karl Marx (1818–1883) was celebrated in the German city of Trier on May 4 and 5, 2018. The Presid...

Putin’s pyrrhic victory

Vladimir Putin’s reelection to a fourth term as Russia’s president was a foregone conclusion. The Kremlin undoubtedly orchestrated ballot-box stuffing and other measures to ensure that Putin received at least 70% of the vote across all...

How to avoid a US-China trade war

The announcement by the Trump administration that the United States will sanction China for intellectual-property theft is the latest salvo in a deepening trade dispute between the two countries. It follows Trump’s March 8 pledge to place hi...

Europe’s return to crisis?

Just four months ago, when the Europhile Emmanuel Macron was elected as France’s president, it seemed that the European Union could finally look forward to a period of calm. But calm is the last thing one can see on the streets of Barcelona,...

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