Countries that hope to revise the world order draw inspiration from each other—so it was when Britain ruled the waves, and so it is today for the U.S. With the Chinese lionizing “Putin the Great” for his anti-Western actions in Europe, one cannot help but shudder at what Beijing may think it has learned.
Leaders in the Catalonia secession movement have agreed to obey a court injunction against the proposed November referendum, suspending for the time being any campaigning on behalf of it. This move defuses an immediate constitutional crisis, but Catalonia’s determination to keep pushing on means the detente might be temporary.
In 1997, the EU pledged its support to the “one country, two systems” formula and to Beijing’s promise to bring democratic elections to Hong Kong. Yet the EU has remained silent since the confrontation between Beijing and the pro-democracy activists began to grow hot this summer.
A ruling in California could have serious implications for public pension systems across the country.
Under Saudi management, the holiest sight in Islam is being swamped by concrete – and the Turks are not happy.
Russia is digging in its heels in the Crimean peninsula by announcing a big naval expansion. That’s probably not playing well in Ankara.
German defense deficiencies glaringly exposed by recent failed mission, damning parliamentary report.
Beijing is launching a high-profile campaign to combat misinformation about genetically modified foods. Its success or failure could have enormous implications for China’s food security.
As Brazil’s evangelical population grows, its political clout is growing too—so much so that it has already influenced more than one high profile politician to alter her stance on key social issues. But even if evangelicals don’t prove to be game-changers this time around, this story is one to watch.
Xi’s intemperate promotion of “reunification” with Taiwan was counterproductive at best, given what is going on in Hong Kong. Why did he do it?