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Weekly Roundup
Europe's Tea Party Moment, Nuclear Know-how, and Winning in Ukraine

Good afternoon, TAI readers! We trust you’ve enjoyed your weekend so far. Take the time this Sunday to look back on what you may have missed on the site over the past week:

Hugo Chavez’s favorite book disavowed…by its own author. The author of the hugely influential lefty book The Open Veins of Latin America expressed second thoughts about his magnum opus. It’s as if Howard Zinn repudiated his People’s History of the United States.

Iraq: the land of the purple finger. Egypt and Syria may be getting most of the attention for their questionably legitimate elections, but Iraq is now entering a “critical phase” in its own fledgling democracy, writes Bartle Bull.

Is Europe having its Tea Party moment? The anti-EU tide is rising in Europe, as parties professing a desire to dismantle the trading bloc—or at least diminish its power—won more seats than ever before in recent European Parliament elections. Ivan Krastev believes “European leaders will manage to at least successfully fight back the panic—even if they are not yet able to fix the Union’s underlying problems.”

Nuclear know-how, Iranian edition. TAI editor Adam Garfinkle sat down with counter-proliferation expert Gary Samore to discuss the prospects for success in the next round of nuclear negotiations with Iran in mid-June.

A gameplan for winning in Ukraine. The situation in eastern Ukraine is deteriorating, in some places quite violently, but Vladislav Inozemtsev believes that, in order to win, the West can’t respond in kind. Rather, it must rely on its soft power and economic vitality to win Ukraine back. Use the carrot, not the stick.

Bravo, Ukraine, Bravo! So writes Lilia Shevtsova, who says that the results of last weekend’s elections in Ukraine marked a decisive turn away from Russia and towards the West. A Kiev version of “Finlandization” doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

Rising health care costs are crushing workers. In response to ever-increasing costs, many employers are shifting the burden onto their employees. Having greater individual responsibility for health care costs isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it must be paired with measures that will reduce these costs as well.

Beijing strives for an energy bounty deep under the sea. China told Vietnam this week that if there’s natural gas in the South China Sea, it belongs to them, and only them. Seismic developments are afoot in Asia’s Game of Thrones.

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