By clicking "I Agree" below, you acknowledge that you accept our
Feel free to check out our policies anytime for more information.
Filter by region
We have found
Far from showing ignorance, the decision to withdraw troops from Syria may be a sign the U.S. has learned from a long history of Western failure in the Middle East.
Maghreb & the Middle East
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
British Prime Minister Theresa May finds herself in a tough spot on Brexit: Brussels is unwilling to make more concessions, but the British Parliament looks unlikely to accept the current agreement. It didn’t have to come to this, but a lack of pragmatism on both sides has brought us here. A hard Brexit will cause a lot of disruption, but it could also offer an opportunity for a new start in politics on both sides of the English Channel.
EU’s international trucking business, now dominated by highly competitive
companies in Central Europe, can be disrupted by Brussels’ ham-handed attempt
to shield cargo movers in countries with high minimum wages. The issue has
political ramifications for the EU as well.
Countries are due to sign a United Nations pact on migration next week. However, its global, one-size-fits-all approach is dangerous. It risks many unintended consequences, including mass migration for welfare benefits and huge burdens on destination countries. Migration remains an important problem to be solved, but the answer is not to create yet another global bureaucracy.
Pressure is building in relations between the U.S. and China, especially after the recent APEC summit. However, the heightened rhetoric used there could give both countries a chance to climb down and come to a deal. Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will have a perfect opportunity to do so during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
The emergence of new
nation-states from World War I was hailed as a triumph for self-determination,
but the destruction of democratic empires that held them previously hardly
brought peace and prosperity to the continent, especially Central Europe.
Past U.S. administrations have shied away from standing up to China on trade. Donald Trump’s tough stance has put Beijing in a tough spot, and it is likely to bite the bullet on a deal. A face-to-face meeting between the country’s two leaders this month could initiate a process of U.S.-China policy coordination.
The truce brokered by
Turkey and Russia in northwestern Syria has prevented a slaughter of the
remnants of the Syrian opposition forces and scores of hapless civilians. This
highlights the pragmatic attitudes of the two powers that have assumed key
roles in the Syria conflict. The danger of a larger war remains, however, as
long as Iran’s designs in Syria threaten Israel.
more developed and stable than Brazil, but its citizens also have strong
reasons to feel let down by the mainstream political forces. An increasing
number of voters here may, just like so many Brazilians, support radicals in
the hope of opening a path for badly needed reforms.
Europe’s dysfunctional political system has created a deep rift between centralized governments and their citizens. Trying to marginalize new parties that express this discontent will only make the problem worse.