Saturday, February 6, 2016
  1. The Limits of German Power

    Volker Perthes

    The Limits of German Power


     pins hope of a greater global role on a strong, unified European foreign and defense policy.

    Darts with French, German, and British flag designs

    In the last two years, Germany has adopted leadership roles regarding the conflict in Ukraine, the civil war in Syria, and the refugee crisis. While this is a welcome development, German leaders must bear in mind that their country's EU membership remains its most potent source of power. READ MORE

  2. Oil Dictator Dominos

    Bill Emmott

    Oil Dictator Dominos


     thinks that collapsing hydrocarbon prices could topple Central Asia's authoritarian regimes.


    The dramatic drop in hydrocarbon prices will produce economic winners and losers. But the biggest dangers will be political, especially for rigid authoritarian regimes that have depended on high oil prices to remain in power. READ MORE

  3. Europe’s Necessary European

    Peter Sutherland

    Europe’s Necessary European


     on why German Chancellor Angela Merkel embodies the leadership that the EU needs.

    Angela Merkel Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands in the tradition of Walter Hallstein, the first president of the European Community, who spoke of a Europe “without military divisions relying on the rule of law.” When she argues that EU governments' response to the refugee crisis threatens Europe, it is Hallstein's vision that she has in mind. READ MORE

  4. Justice for Litvinenko

    Alex Goldfarb

    Justice for Litvinenko


     lauds the outcome of the British inquiry into the 2006 poisoning of the former Russian FSB agent.

    Marina Litvinenko Daniel Leal Olivas/i-Images/ZUMA Wire

    In 2006, the former Russian FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. After waging a decade-long battle for justice, his widow, Marina Litvinenko, has finally succeeded, with a British public inquiry not only naming the likely assassins, but also confirming Russian President Vladimir Putin's role. READ MORE

  5. The Causes and Consequences of Brexit

    Ana Palacio

    The Causes and Consequences of Brexit


     sees the UK's referendum on EU reform, not the reform itself, as the main source of uncertainty.

    Big Ben, landmark in London, Great Britain

    It seems increasingly likely that the upcoming European Council meeting will produce a deal on the conditions of the UK’s EU membership – a deal that will be put before British voters in a referendum, possibly this summer. The referendum is the main threat, because voters rarely focus on the issue at hand when making such decisions. READ MORE

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