• Can Trump’s Anti-EU Rhetoric Unite Europe?

    Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, sees a silver lining

    While US President Donald Trump’s predictions that other member states, besides the United Kingdom, will desert the European Union (EU) are unhelpful, they serve as a wake-up call for the EU to set its house in order, according to a senior European official.

    Trump, who has described himself as “Mr. Brexit,” has repeatedly praised the UK’s decision to leave the EU. He has also said that he believes other member states will head for the exits.

    “We always assumed America would be there for us, no matter what. Not with Donald Trump it isn’t. For the first time in...

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  • Slavin Moderates VOA's Issues in the News on Trump, Obama, and Brexit

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  • Transatlantic Relationship Forecast: Stormy Weather Ahead

    The transatlantic relationship is in for a rough ride over the course of Donald Trump’s presidency simply because there is no “correcting mechanism” among the incoming cabinet to counter the next US president’s rhetoric on the European Union, according to an Atlantic Council analyst.

    In an interview with the Times of London and Germany’s Bild newspaper published on January 15, Trump bashed NATO as “obsolete,” described the European Union (EU) as “basically a vehicle for Germany,” applauded the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, and predicted that more EU member states would follow. The comments rattled the United States’ European allies.

    Trump’s key cabinet picks—secretary of state nominee former...

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  • Transatlantic Security in a Trump Era

    Spanish foreign minister discusses the rise of populism, dealing with Vladimir Putin, and measuring defense expenditure

    The year 2016 has been a terrific one for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The rising tide of populism across Europe has brought to the forefront far-right populist leaders, in France and Germany, for example, who espouse pro-Russia rhetoric. The elections of Donald Trump in the United States and pro-Kremlin leaders in Moldova and Bulgaria have been
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  • Polyakova Quoted in International Business Times on Brexit as "An Opportunity for Moscow to Gain a Toehold"

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  • Former NATO Leaders to Trump: Don’t Make Bad Deals with Putin

    Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Anders Fogh Rasmussen warn against turning Ukraine into a ‘bargaining chip’

    US President-elect Donald Trump must not strike any deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin that turn Ukraine into a “bargaining chip,” and must send a clear signal of commitment to the security of the United States’ NATO allies, two former secretaries general of the Alliance said on November 15.

    Trump and Putin spoke by phone on November 14 in a conversation characterized as warm by representatives of both men.

    “President-elect Trump is very fond of autocrats,” said Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who served as NATO secretary general from 2004 to 2009.

    Describing Putin as “a zero-sum player” and Trump as a would-be “transactional president,” he said a deal between the two could very well come at the cost of...

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  • A Muddied Road to Brexit

    The November 3 ruling by a British High Court that Parliament must vote before the British government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been seen by many as making it less likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. In reality, although it may slow the process, it could also lead to a much more difficult negotiation with the other EU member states, and even increase the likelihood of a “hard Brexit” in which the UK loses access to the Single Market.

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  • UK court rules on Article 50; EU breaks CETA deadlock


    • UK Court rules Article 50 must be approved by Parliament
    • Uber faces employment challenge in the UK
    • CETA deal signed after Wallonia agrees

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  • Brexit Ruling is a Win for Parliamentary Democracy

    The era of “fact-free politics” just met its match, in that “facts are stubborn.”

    Populist politicians can distort much of the truth with little or no political consequences, but the British high court’s ruling on November 3 proves that for Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, and Theresa May, ignoring the reality of the United Kingdom’s constitutional order turned out to be a bridge too far.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet keeps making the point that the Brexit referendum was an exercise in grassroots democracy unprecedented in British history. But the reason for this lack of precedents happens to defeat their argument: the United Kingdom is not an Athenian, but a parliamentary democracy.

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  • EU Source: EU puts TTIP on hold; investors drop Deutsche Bank


    • Deutsche Bank sinks lower in investors' confidence
    • CETA set for signing while TTIP trails behind
    • Fox speech heavy on confusion, light on Brexit details

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