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  • Turkey’s president had a bad NATO summit, too
    TURKEY’S president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spent the early part of this year repeatedly insulting his NATO allies, partly with the aim of stimulating nationalist sentiment at home in order to win a constitutional referendum giving him nearly autocra…
    - 2 days ago 27 May 17, 7:18pm -
  • Ukraine and Russia are both trapped by the war in Donbas
    ON APRIL 12TH 2014 Igor Girkin, a former Russian military officer also known as “Strelkov” (“Shooter”), sneaked across the border into Ukraine’s Donbas region with a few dozen men and took control of the small town of Sloviansk, igniting Eu…
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 4:49pm -
  • The billionaire who will probably be the next Czech prime minister
    BACK when newspapers were king, Charles Brownson, an American congressman, used to say that one should never quarrel with anyone who buys ink by the barrel. The principle still stands, and it is making life difficult for opponents of Andrej Babis, a…
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 4:49pm -
  • Ukraine is struggling with corruption, sometimes successfully
    UKRAINE is fighting two wars. One is near its eastern border, where it faces Russian aggression. The other is at its core, where it is wrestling with some of the worst corruption of any post-Soviet state. The war against corruption is only starting,…
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 4:49pm -
  • The land of morosité and ennui is embracing life coaches
    THE French like to think of themselves as a miserable lot. Voltaire taught them that optimism is for the naive. Jean-Paul Sartre made ennui chic. Best-selling French psychology books include such titles as “Too Intelligent to be Happy”. Polls con…
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 4:49pm -
  • How Trump, Putin and Erdogan unsettle the EU
    THE mood is brighter in Europe these days. It has not, admittedly, taken much to lift the spirits: reckless extremists came second, not first, in elections in Austria, the Netherlands and France; economic growth has accelerated beyond a snail’s pac…
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 4:49pm -
  • Greece meets creditors’ demands but gets no relief
    MAKIS, a gym instructor, counted himself lucky three years ago to land a job in the public sector. The 28-year-old works as a groundsman at a sports complex in Glyfada, a seaside suburb of Athens. Hired on a temporary contract, he expected to make a…
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 4:49pm -
  • Norway’s wolves are being hunted; its reindeer are going mad
    “SJALDAN liggjandi ulfr laer um getr,” goes a passage in the Havamal, a medieval Norse poem: “The sleeping wolf seldom gets a ham.” The maxim, like the one about early birds and worms, is an exhortation against laziness, but it also conjures…
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 1:25pm -
  • Ukraine bans its top social networks because they are Russian
    AFTER the Maidan revolution in 2014, Ukraine declared that it was reorienting itself towards the West and hoped one day to join the European Union. The country has since made some progress in breaking with its Soviet legacy. Yet the government still…
    - 10 days ago 19 May 17, 3:46pm -
  • The chaotic western Balkans take a sudden turn for the better
    FOR months, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania have each been embroiled in crises of varying kinds. But over the past few days, the political landscapes in each of these countries have suddenly shifted, and for the better. Kosovar politicians who normally…
    - 10 days ago 19 May 17, 1:55pm -
  • Spain’s Socialist primary is a battle for the left’s future
    ON THE morning of May 7th about 300 members of Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) gathered in a conference hall on the site of Zaragoza’s international exhibition of 2008, across the river Ebro from the city centre. The bleak expo park wit…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 4:46pm -
  • Turkey’s purges are crippling its justice system
    Family of the purgedWERE he to return to Turkey in the near future, Celal Kalkanoglu (not his real name) would have to do so in handcuffs. “They will arrest me as soon as I land at the airport,” says the judge. On July 16th of last year, the day…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 12:18pm -

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