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Will Trump unite Europe?

Beyond his bizarre, intemperate tweeting, the challenge that US President Donald Trump poses for Europe is real, but not always easily defined. There are differences between what Trump says, what his administration does, and what Congress makes hi...

Trump’s flirtation with violence

Some people might have dismissed Donald Trump’s recent tweet of a video clip showing him punching the face of a man with a CNN logo on his head as yet another example of the US president’s vulgar buffoonery – unseemly, perhaps, b...

Trump and the truth about climate change

Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the United States took another major step toward establishing itself as a rogue state on June 1, when it withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. For years, Trump has indulged the strange conspira...

The G20 and the inequality crisis

Almost a decade ago, facing a near-collapse of the financial system and the risk of a depression, the world needed a new form of leadership to navigate and restore confidence in the global economy. That’s why, in 2009, at his first global su...

The EU’s Mafia State

Following the collapse of communism, many of us in Central and Eastern Europe had hoped that the region would steadily move toward liberal democracy, and that any obstacles en route to that goal could be overcome. But in many former communist coun...

The Russian-Roulette Presidency

Unless US President Donald Trump decides that he has had enough, and returns to his gilded Manhattan tower, his presidency’s metastasizing crisis will continue to haunt him. Investigations in the United States Senate and House of Representat...

Standing Up for Europe

Today’s European Union needs both salvation and radical reinvention. Saving the EU must take precedence, because Europe is in existential danger. But, as French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized during his election campaign, reviving the ...

Russia’s Cold War Habit

A few weeks ago, Mikhail Gorbachev – the last leader of the Soviet Union and the man who did more than anyone to end the Cold War – told the German newspaper Bild that it is possible “to recognize all the features of a new cold w...

How Macron Can Unite Europe

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election sent a wave of relief and euphoria across Europe. But now, a reality check is in order, because we do not yet know how the new president intends to restore the French economy. The...

Has populism peaked?

After last year, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and the United States elected Donald Trump as president, xenophobic nationalism was beginning to seem irresistible. Yet France has now become the biggest power to buck the ...

Probably same old, same old

I write on May 8, which means that less than a month remains until Latvia's local government election, which is on June 3.  The first thing to say is that turnout will probably be fairly dismal.  After the kind of spring that we'...

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