While in public, NATO and European officials are at pains to put on the best possible face, in private they have abundant and good reasons to be apprehensive about Trump’s policies, allied cohesion, and European security.
The new president-elect, popularly known as AMLO, won Mexico’s July 1 presidential election by a landslide picking up more than 50 percent of the vote.
A self-described nationalist leader who hails from the southern state of Tabasco and is a former mayor of Mexico City, AMLO twice ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2006 and 2012.
“AMLO’s election is a seismic shift in Mexico that cannot be understated,” said Jason Marczak, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.
OSCE monitor calls for withdrawal of heavy weapons, troops as ceasefire agreedAll sides in the conflict in eastern Ukraine must withdraw heavy weapons and troops and remove landmines if a new ceasefire, expected to go into effect on July 1, is to have any chance of success, according to Alexander Hug who oversees what has until now been a nonexistent peace process.
The “new recommitment to the ceasefire” must address the root causes of the conflict in order to have any lasting effect, said Hug, deputy chief monitor for the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). “That is, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, disengagement where the forces and formations stand too close and mine action” to mark or remove land mines and stop laying new ones, he explained.
“If these three basic military technical measures are not being implemented in full and in all earnest, then the violence is likely to resume after a short moment—and we have seen violence resuming after such recommitments before,” he added.