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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,...

How much does Trump matter?

The United States has never had a president like Donald Trump. With a narcissistic personality and a short attention span, and lacking experience in world affairs, he tends to project slogans rather than strategy in foreign policy. Some presidents...

We are For!

Comparatively little time remains for people in Latvia who wish to establish a political party in advance of next year’s parliamentary election.  The law says that this must be done within one year of the election, which will take place...

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...

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