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Jun 23, 2022

FAST THINKING: The EU gives Ukraine a shot at membership. What’s next for Kyiv?

By Atlantic Council

While candidacy is an important symbolic gesture when Ukraine is under attack from Russia, EU membership is far from a done deal for Kyiv.

Democratic Transitions European Union

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Jun 15, 2022

FAST THINKING: The Fed pulls the emergency brake. Will it work?

By Atlantic Council

Our global economic experts take you behind the numbers to understand what’s next in this uncertain monetary moment.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

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May 12, 2022

FAST THINKING: Why Finland and Sweden are feeling secure about NATO membership

By Atlantic Council

How did the two countries arrive so quickly at this juncture? And what opportunities and dangers lie ahead? Our experts in Helsinki, Brussels, and Washington have the answers.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

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Apr 28, 2022

FAST THINKING: The US arms Ukraine for the long haul. Is it enough?

By Atlantic Council

Taken together, the $33 billion funding appeal and so-called Lend-Lease program will send a clear message to Russia.

Conflict Defense Industry

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Apr 24, 2022

With Macron’s victory, the ‘fragile’ center holds in France

By Atlantic Council

Our experts break down Sunday’s presidential election triumph for French President Emmanuel Macron and what it means for Europe.

Elections Europe & Eurasia

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Apr 11, 2022

FAST THINKING: Should Europe brace for a Le Pen presidency?

By Atlantic Council

Our experts break down Sunday’s presidential election results and predict what’s next for France and Europe more broadly.

Elections Europe & Eurasia

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Apr 4, 2022

FAST THINKING: How will the West punish Russia for its war crimes?

By Atlantic Council

Gruesome images of murdered Ukrainian civilians—evidence of apparent Russian war crimes uncovered in Bucha and other newly liberated towns outside of Kyiv—have shocked the world.

Conflict European Union

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Mar 25, 2022

FAST THINKING: What will the West do if Putin uses chemical weapons?

By Atlantic Council

Is transatlantic unity enough to rescue Ukraine? Our experts are here to break down Joe Biden’s Eurotrip.

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy

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Mar 16, 2022

FAST THINKING: Reading between the lines of Zelenskyy’s address to Congress

By Atlantic Council

Our experts reacted to the Ukrainian president’s emotional appeal to US lawmakers—and weighed in on whether US thinking on Ukraine could continue to shift.

Conflict Crisis Management

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Mar 15, 2022

FAST THINKING: What China stands to gain—and lose—by wading into the Ukraine war

By Atlantic Council

How far will these autocrats take their “no limits” friendship?

China Conflict