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Who Controls Eastern Europe?

Emanuela Gillard French-Russian Relations Picture this: a French Leclerc tank confronts a Russian T-90 on a Ukrainian battlefield. It might seem imaginary now, but war often starts in the imagination. What might be swirling in the minds of Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron, and their military leaders? Russia has …

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The British General Elections: A Reading of the Distribution of Seats and Votes

Erica Pepe On July 4, 2024, Britain witnessed early general elections called by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on May 22, a move aimed at avoiding an internal party coup following his mediocre performance, which had eroded public confidence in Conservative rule. The Conservative era, stretching back to 2010, …

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Ukraine at a Crossroads: End the War or Risk Defeat

Emanuela Gillard Ukraine has a very narrow window to turn the momentum of the war in its favor. Even then, the Russians are still holding most of the cards. In May 2022, just three months into the Russia-Ukraine War, I wrote a three-part series in which I identified …

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France at a Crossroads: Macron’s Gamble and the Rise of the Far-Right

Lisa Smith Al-Makahleh   The decisions made in the coming weeks of the French general election will not only determine the direction of France’s governance but also resonate deeply within the broader European and global contexts. The 2024 French legislative elections have become a pivotal moment for the …

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The Domestic Political Economy of Germany’s Debt Brake

The SPD and the Greens, the two left-of-center parties in Olaf Scholz’s traffic light coalition, along with their supporters in the media and academia, are continuing to make a lot of public noise about the need to relax Germany’s debt brake.    That is very evident in the …

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UK election: Top 5 biggest landslides since 1900

If the polls are even close to correct, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party will win Thursday’s U.K. general election with one of the largest majorities in British history. Survation’s final mega poll released Tuesday gave Labour a majority of 318, winning 484 out of the 650 seats in parliament. …

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Zelenskyy to Trump: If you have a plan to end the war, tell us now

If Donald Trump knows how to end Russia’s war in Ukraine, he shouldn’t wait until after November’s U.S. presidential election to spill the details, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday. “I will have that war settled between Putin and Zelenskyy as president-elect before I take office as president …

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A Foreign Policy for the World as It Is

“America is back.” In the early days of his presidency, Joe Biden repeated those words as a starting point for his foreign policy. The phrase offered a bumper-sticker slogan to pivot away from Donald Trump’s chaotic leadership. It also suggested that the United States could reclaim its self-conception …

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U.S. Foreign Policy Wanders Aimlessly

Giorgia Meloni was the winner of last week’s Group of Seven meeting. Whether giving French President Emmanuel Macron the stink eye or stitching up a deal to increase Italy’s clout in the European Union, the Italian prime minister had a good summit. Once stigmatized as a neofascist from …

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