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Germany’s Gathering Storm

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 The ground is shaking beneath Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the far-right Alternative für Deutschland now in the Bundestag and the Social Democrats determined not to join a new grand coalition. Merkel now faces the thorny task of forming a government with the Greens and the Free Democrats as she starts to address the problems of a domestic economy grown complacent, and a Europe desperate for renewal.

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    Will Multilateralism Survive?

    The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary in muted fashion, and not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With rising nationalism and the return of great-power rivalry threatening to paralyze the organization at the heart of the multilateral system, many are asking whether global cooperation has a future.

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    The Heart of the New Cold War

    Andrew J. Nathan

    Although US President Donald Trump has little personal interest in human rights, democracy, or the rule of law, his administration has brought these values to the fore in its confrontation with China. In doing so, it has effectively declared a new cold war.

    explains why human rights has become the defining issue in the Sino-American rivalry.
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