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Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
European Disunion
Juncker: EU Can’t Extort (or Enforce) Democracy

The Commission’s president admits that the EU’s foundational commitments to democracy and human rights are essentially unenforceable.

At Home
Memorial Day

A reminder that under the strain of war and political polarization, the United States is slowly becoming an uglier and more dangerous place.

Unintended Consequences
Trump’s Gifts to Merkel and Macron

The U.S. President did not go to Europe planning to punish Britain, reward Germany and promote France. But that is exactly what he did.

The Nork's Nukes
Pyongyang Revs Up Missile Work

As North Korea’s missile progress proceeds apace, the U.S. is coming ever closer to a binary choice: war with North Korea or acceptance of its deterrent.

Seeing a Pattern...
The Noose Tightens in Brazil

To lose one President to a corruption scandal may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two in a row begins to look like carelessness.

Crude Economics
The New Oil Reality

The recent crude “cost recalibration” is about much more than hydrocarbons.

European Disunion
Spain Joins the Mo’ Money Caucus

Pressure on Germany will grow after its elections, as Spain joins France and Italy in a clear call for Eurozone reforms to benefit its indebted southern members.

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Obamacare Is Still Failing

The thing that is slowly killing Obamacare is the same thing that is making it so hard for the GOP to come up with an alternative: American health care costs too much.

The Honeymoon is Over
Merkel’s Tough Message to Macron

“Thank you for beating Le Pen but no, you can’t have any money.”

MSM Myopia
The Cruelty of Blue

The MSM would have attacked any politician trying to avert the kind of mess now unfolding in Puerto Rico.

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Death of a Generation

Environmentalists, take note.

American Balkanization

The Golden States’s self-righteous “travel ban” sets a dangerous and destructive precedent.

Up in the air

The much-criticized fighter jet program now appears to be a stealthy success story.

The French Will Be French

Emmanuel Macron has a large mandate on paper to push through far-reaching reforms in France, but the relatively low turnout and the threat of strikes and protests from unions opposed to what he campaigned on appear to be pushing him towards protectionism.

Power Play

Fuel trucks roll into Gaza from Egypt, keeping Hamas’ electricity running despite attempts by Abbas and the PA to shut it down.

Obamacare Repeal

The Democratic line of attack against the law is powerful—but it also highlights Obamacare’s underperformance.

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