Friday, February 12, 2016
  1. Eastern Europe’s Authoritarian Return

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    Eastern Europe’s Authoritarian Return

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     worries that the region's rising illiberalism is eroding the EU's core values.

    Polish flag

    By building on shared values, the EU overcame historical conflicts and created a space of peace, progress, and freedom. But the rise of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe, together with resurgent nationalism throughout the continent, is testing those values – and thus the future of European integration. READ MORE

  2. China’s Rule of Fear

    Minxin Pei

    China’s Rule of Fear

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     warns that the totalitarian relics inhabiting the country's institutions are being dusted off.

    Armed policemen in China

    China is once again gripped by fear. From the inner sanctum of the Chinese Communist Party to university lecture halls and executive suites, the specter of harsh accusations and harsher punishment is stalking China’s political, intellectual, and business elites. READ MORE

  3. The Limits of German Power

    Volker Perthes

    The Limits of German Power

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     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

  4. Oil Dictator Dominos

    Bill Emmott

    Oil Dictator Dominos

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

    Dominoes

    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

  5. Europe’s Necessary European

    Peter Sutherland

    Europe’s Necessary European

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     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

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