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Pipeline Politics
What TurkStream Means

Turkey gets discount gas, but Russia gets to turn the screws on Ukraine while securing its hold on the European market—for now.

Pipeline Politics
Why Is Gazprom So Intent on Nord Stream 2?

It’s a big geopolitical gamble, with huge potential upsides for the Kremlin.

Not Down With TPP
Trade Deal Faces Headwinds in Japan

As America gets nervous about trade, Asian leaders start to feel pushback at home.

Migrant Backlash
The Next Referendum on Merkel’s Migrant Policies

The AfD is surging ahead of a vote in Berlin.

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Universalism vs. Pragmatism
Orban Doubles Down on Migrant Hard Line

Hungary’s PM stance on migrants has long given Brussels the vapors. His doubling down points to real trouble ahead for the EU.

The Sanctions Dance
The Battle Lines are Being Drawn

Putin’s threat of violence is triggering an appeasement reflex across European capitals: Slovakia’s Fico says EU sanctions on Russia should be lifted.

Syrian Slaughterhouse
Turkey Sets Its Sights on the Kurds

Turkey has sent tanks and special forces into Syria, ostensibly to punish ISIS, but perhaps more importantly to halt the Kurds. And neither the U.S. nor Russia are complaining about it.

Of Temper Tantrums
Europeans Give Putin Just What He Asked For

Two weeks ago, Putin gave a speech where he pretty much demanded Ukraine’s leaders not be included in future discussions of its fate. The Europeans appear to have given in, at least for the next meet-up.

Ukraine Crisis
Lavrov Ratchets Down the Rhetoric?

Maybe Putin was just rattling his saber after all.

Turkey and Russia
Merely PR or Real Policy Breakthroughs?

Turkey’s Foreign Minister talks a big game about rapprochement with Russia. But the devil is in the implementation details.

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