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Austrian Levee Holds
The Tides of the Far Right

The latest wave of the far-Right surge has not quite yet broken through the levee that the mainstream European parties have built up. But the levee is looking awful weak.

Western Meltdown
A Crisis of Politics

We are not facing a crisis of “values”. And Russia is not successfully undermining what we stand for through cunning propaganda. It’s that we’ve lost faith in our political system.

Flipping the Bird
Germany to Erdogan: We Will Recognize Armenian Genocide

Ankara is not going to like this. And that’s precisely the point.

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Putin's/Hobbes' World
The U.S. Flails Before Russia on Syria

Time to face facts, Mr. President: We live in Vladimir Putin’s Hobbesian world. Dealing with Russia without a credible threat of violence is a fools’ errand.

Middle East Mess
Syrian Ceasefire Dying in Aleppo

Russia and Syrian government forces continue escalating their policy of migratory genocide. The White House stands idly by, even though signs point to it having more leverage than it assumes.

Ukraine's Future
A Steep Climb Ahead

Former Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko’s icy assessment of the incoming Ukrainian government underlines the challenges ahead.

The Panama Papers
Big Leak, Big Corruption, Deep Rot

A massive leak from a Panamanian law firm specializing in setting up offshore tax havens is helping to expose the moral rot at the core of our societies.

The European Immigration Crisis
Suicide by Good Intentions

UNHCR, MSF refuse to help with EU enforcement plan. This is the full flowering of European ideals—and it’s insane.

The European Migrant Crisis
A Continent Divided Against Itself

EU-Turkey refugee summit reveals deep splits—but important progress in one place.

Peace in Our Time
The Kurds, the Kremlin, and the Ceasefire

The British FM is worried about increasing coordination between the YPG and Moscow. He’s right to be.

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