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The Fall of 1989 Was a Time of Wonder
Central and Eastern Europe’s transition to democracy has not been smooth. But there are grounds for hope.
What would Vaclav Havel, a fan of the United States until his death in December 2011 and a proud Central European, have made of all this? I asked Michael Zantovsky, Mr. Havels biographer and longtime friend. Mr. Zantovsky, who has served as ambassador to Was… [+2149 chars]
Republican Impeachment Defense Claims Trump’s Ukraine Pressure Was Apolitical
In a report intended to counter Democrats’ impeachment case against President Trump, Republicans will argue his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his rivals had nothing to do with politics.
Many of the actions in question, Republicans argue, stem from Mr. Trumps longstanding, deep-seated skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption. Understood in this proper context, the presidents initial hesitation to meet with President Z… [+1937 chars]
Impeachment inquiry: Trump Ukraine phone call 'improper' - Vindman
A US official tells the impeachment inquiry that Donald Trump made inappropriate political demands.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhite House official tells impeachment hearing he "was concerned by call" A top US official has said a phone call the US president made to ask Ukraine to investigate political rivals was "improper". … [+3369 chars]
Gordon Sondland: Trump’s man in Brussels in eye of the storm
Why EU diplomats are puzzled by US Ambassador Gordon Sondland and his special role in Ukraine.
Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Ambassador Sondland (C) has now revised his 17 October testimony to the impeachment inquiry It has been a torrid introduction to diplomacy for the wealthy hotelier appointed US ambassador to the EU by Donald Trump. … [+6924 chars]
Opinion: Calling witnesses 'never Trumpers' won't save Trump
With no evidence to back up his charge, President Donald Trump called foreign service officer and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams a "Never Trumper" on Sunday, making her the latest public servant to become the object of President Trump's smear campaign.
Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst. She is a senior adviser at the University of Delaware's Biden Institute, which is not affiliated with the Biden campaign. Vinograd served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council from 2009 to … [+9422 chars]
Von der Leyen's Commission: The ones to watch at Europe’s new top table
Those on the list to take up their positions as EU commissioners include some colourful characters.
Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen The first woman to take on the EU Commission presidency, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, vowed to build a team to lead the EU's executive body made up of equa… [+7061 chars]
Trump impeachment inquiry: Why Ukraine is so important to the US
How relations with an eastern European country became central to the Trump presidency.
Image copyrightGetty Images Did President Donald Trump withhold military aid from ally Ukraine for his own political reasons? That is the big question at the heart of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. Ukraine is not in Nato and it has struggled with yea… [+5273 chars]
The Iranian opposition fighters who mustn't think about sex
Some ex-members of the 'cult-like' MEK have quit - and are now stranded in Albania.
Image copyrightGetty Images For six years, Albania has been home to one of Iran's main opposition groups, the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. But hundreds of members have walked out - some complaining about the organisation's rigid rules enforcing celibacy, and … [+11164 chars]
The Lady and The Hague: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi courts home audience
The last time Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to western Europe, she was feted as the freshly elected civilian ruler of a fledgling democracy who had brought an end to half a century of military dictatorship.
YANGON (Reuters) - The last time Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to western Europe, she was feted as the freshly elected civilian ruler of a fledgling democracy who had brought an end to half a century of military dictatorship. When the Nobel peace… [+5124 chars]
Highlights: Former UK PM Blair says Britain is a mess
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Britain was in a mess, warning that neither his own Labour Party nor Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives deserved to win a Dec. 12 election.
LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Britain was in a mess, warning that neither his own Labour Party nor Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives deserved to win a Dec. 12 election. Below are excerpts from his… [+3153 chars]
'Can I actually say something?' Unflappable expert takes on lawmakers in Trump hearing
A British-born U.S. national security expert never lost her cool during hours parrying heated questions from the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Thursday, and emerged as the latest star of the congressional impeachment inquiry.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A British-born U.S. national security expert never lost her cool during hours parrying heated questions from the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Thursday, and emerged as the latest star of the congressional impeachmen… [+3569 chars]
Factbox: Witnesses scheduled to testify this week in the U.S. impeachment inquiry
The U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week with a parade of officials facing questioning by lawmakers over Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week with a parade of officials facing questioning by lawmakers over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. At issue is whether Trump used ne… [+4423 chars]
A 10-step, do-it-yourself guide to becoming an autocrat
Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP Despite prominent social movements and uprisings, support for democracy is eroding. In countries all around the world, leaders are cornering power and undermining checks on what they can do using some or all of the steps below, com…
Democracy is in trouble, despite popular uprisings and dynamic social movements in Lebanon, Hong Kong and across Europe and Latin America. Scholars say countries across the globe are experiencing a rise in autocratic rule, with declines in democratic ideals … [+1895 chars]
As Climate Warnings Grow Dire, Energy Companies Face A 'New Frontier Of Threats'
Natural disasters, protests and stark scientific reports are heightening concern over climate change. And companies are under pressure from banks and investors to green their corporate images.
Bernadette Demientieff of the Gwich'in Steering Committee participates in a December 2017 event in Washington, D.C., where advocates pushed Congress to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development. Courtesy of Dylan McLaughlin Bernadette… [+11001 chars]
I'm a markets quant and former Goldman Sachs partner. Here's how to trade Trump and global politics into year-end.
I was a former partner at Goldman Sachs who left earlier this year. I now am a macro political analyst and run MacroEagle. As long as the US consumer doesn't break, the risk here is of a squeeze higher in equities as bears throw in the towel and algos rebuild…
In the short term, watch the great US consumer, but bigger picture — it's all about the US election. Why? How Trump performs in the polls (especially during impeachment) will define the level of noise and randomness emanating from the White House on domestic… [+5913 chars]
10 things you need to know before the opening bell
Here is what you need to know. 1. China wants four more years of Trump because he's 'easy to read,' says the country's former top trade official. "Trump talks about material interests, not politics. Such an opponent is the best choice for negotiations," Long …
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Here is what you need to know. 1. China wants four more years of Trump because he's 'easy to read,' says the country's former top trade official. "Trump talks about material interests, not politics. Such an opponent is the best choic… [+1984 chars]
The report that Boris Johnson is refusing to publish says it cannot rule out Russian interference in the Brexit referendum
A report into possible Russian interference cannot rule out the possibility that the Kremlin impacted the 2016 Brexit vote. The UK Intelligence and Security Committee said it could not rule out Russian influence over the British decision to leave the European…
A report into possible Russian interference that Boris Johnson's government is refusing to publish reportedly said that the Kremlin may have affected the 2016 Brexit referendum. The Times newspaper reports that the UK Parliament's Intelligence and Security C… [+2753 chars]
This 33-year-old economist hasn't just helped shape one of Elizabeth Warren's and Bernie Sanders' boldest policies — he's been changing how you think about wealth, whether you know it or not
Gabriel Zucman is an economist at UC Berkeley, and the coauthor with Emmanuel Saez of " The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay." Zucman and Saez helped craft wealth tax proposals for top Democratic presidential candidates …
When Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts brought up taxes at her massive rally this past September in New York's Washington Square Park, a loud faction of her thousands of supporters began chanting, "Two cents, two cents, two cents!" At Des Moines, Iow… [+8047 chars]
Trump slammed Macron for 'insulting' NATO. But the French president was actually attacking Trump for damaging the alliance.
President Donald Trump, who has spent years criticizing NATO and called it "obsolete," on Tuesday slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for "insulting" the alliance in a recent interview. The French leader said NATO was experiencing a "brain death." Macron…
President Donald Trump has spent years bashing NATO, but just went after another world leader for following his lead. As NATO members met for a summit in London on Tuesday, Trump slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for stating the historic alliance is … [+3826 chars]
4 women have emerged as the standout witnesses in impeachment inquiry into Trump
Four women — Marie Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill, Laura Cooper, and Pamela Karlan — have emerged as the standout witnesses of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. In their testimony, they offered startling revelations on Trump's pressure campaign on…