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  • NATO Chief: Europe and North America Need to Stay United – Now More than Ever

    "I believe that in the North Atlantic treaty lies the best, if not the only hope of peace.”
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  • Germany's Foreign Minister Calls for 'A Real European Security and Defense Union'

    That world order that we once knew, had become accustomed to and sometimes felt comfortable in – this world order no longer exists.
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  • The Brexit Trap: Checking Out is Easier Than Leaving the EU

    Advocates of a “hard” Brexit, granting the United Kingdom full independence from the European Union (EU), are belatedly beginning to understand that the EU is a bit like Hotel California in the famous song by the Eagles—"You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”

    As British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet wrestles with obscure points of detail on the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit trade relationship with the EU, it can find no solution acceptable both to the “hard” Brexiteers on whom May relies to support her government and to the EU—and which would free the United Kingdom completely from the EU's chains.

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  • The G7 Summit in the Age of Trump

    As the world awaits the much-anticipated summit between US President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, the president must first prepare for another important meeting: the G7.

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  • Transatlantic Split Over Iran Could Become the Worst Since the Suez Crisis

    European efforts to preserve the Iran nuclear agreement, coupled with US plans to impose sanctions on Iran and secondary sanctions on companies that fail to comply with those sanctions, have contributed to a dangerous divide in the Atlantic community—one that threatens an economic relationship that remains the linchpin of the world’s economy.

    This is hardly the first time that the allies have tangled over issues that simultaneously impact each other’s economic and strategic interests. 

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  • Where Does the P5+1 Stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    US President Donald J. Trump is expected to reveal his decision on May 8 as to whether he will extend key sanctions waivers on Iran. A failure to do so would effectively take the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the Iran nuclear deal—which it signed with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran in 2015.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on May 6 that if the United States were to leave the deal it would face “regret of historic proportions.” The United Kingdom, France, and Germany have publicly urged Trump not to abandon the JCPOA.

    Here’s where the signatories stand on the JCPOA.

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  • Europe Needs To Persuade Iran, Not Just Trump, To Save The Nuclear Deal

    As French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Washington, a top priority will be convincing his American counterpart to stay within the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.

    But judging from this analyst’s conversations with Iranian diplomats in Europe and New York over the past week, Macron and his colleagues in Germany and Britain may have an equally crucial task persuading Iran to remain within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if US President Donald J. Trump fails to reissue waivers of US sanctions on the next deadline, May 12.

    Despite all the attention paid to the US-Iran aspect of the nuclear issue, Iran’s main expectation upon signing the JCPOA was that it would be able to restore and increase economic relations with Europe, traditionally Iran’s major trading partner.

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  • Emmanuel Macron: The Trump Whisperer?

    French President Emmanuel Macron said in a television interview on April 15 that he convinced US President Donald J. Trump not to withdraw troops from Syria.

    “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term,” Macron said in the TV interview.

    Macron said that he had also persuaded Trump “that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets.” He has since tried to walk back those comments.

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  • World Reaction to Strikes on Syria

    The United States, the United Kingdom, and France on April 13 launched strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack which they blamed on Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

    While US Defense Secretary James Mattis described the strikes as a “one-time” shot, the Western allies warned more strikes could come in the event of another chemical weapons attack in Syria.

    Here's a look at world reaction to the strikes.

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  • O'Toole Quoted in New York Times on Sanctioned Russian Oligarchs and the U.K.


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