Central Europe

  • US Assessing Cost of Keeping Troops in Germany as Trump Battles with Europe

    The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany,
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  • A Warning From Madeleine Albright: Beware of "Peddlers of Hate"

    Former US Secretary of State Among Four Recipients of Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award

    Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in accepting the Atlantic Council’s 2018 Freedom Award, urged Americans and Europeans alike not to allow “peddlers of hate,” on both sides of the Atlantic, “to hijack the institutions that ensure our freedom and define our democracies.”

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  • There’s More to Ukraine than Krieg, Krise, and Krim (War, Crisis, Crimea): How Germans See the Country

    Both Germany and Ukraine have special significance for the European project. Germany is Western Europe’s economically and demographically most significant country, while Ukraine is Eastern Europe’s largest and a geopolitical pivot point. The historical links between Ukrainians and Germans run deep. And yet little attention has been paid to the nature of the relationship between the two.

    While Ukrainian interest in Germany has always been high, in Germany interest in and information about Ukraine has only recently started to grow.

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  • Winning on NATO: Trump Won't Take Yes for an Answer

    European governments are finally getting serious about their militaries....
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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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  • Improving the Western Strategy to Combat Kremlin Propaganda and Disinformation

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    Since Putin’s annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas—and especially since the 2016 US presidential election—the spread of Kremlin propaganda and disinformation has become a dominant subject of discussion and debate in the West. Academic research, investigative journalism, government inquiries, and NGO activities have drawn back the curtain on the Kremlin’s efforts to meddle in and distort the Western information space.

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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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  • In Defense of Orbán

    An emotionally charged debate has resurfaced about the nature of Hungarian democracy in the wake of the ruling Fidesz party’s victory in parliamentary elections in April. While it is legitimate to have a well-reasoned and honest dialogue about Hungary’s current political landscape, a proper understanding of real-life events can only occur by sticking to the facts and avoiding sweeping statements informed by political bias.

    Fundamental rights and freedoms were respected overall throughout the voting period; moreover, Hungary’s current legal framework for voting procedures also provides an adequate basis for democratic elections.

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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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  • Cohen Quoted in Newsweek on Hungary-Russia Relations

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