The Battleground / 24 Apr 2019

The Other Lands

The Maxim Edwards Interview, Part I

Maxim Edwards cuts a decidedly retro figure. Not for his ideas, or analyses, but his sense of geography.  For nearly a decade, Edwards has made the post-Soviet sphere his stomping grounds. (...)

Joel Schalit / 19 Apr 2019

In Need of a New Israel Strategy

The EU and Benjamin Netanyahu

Guy Verhofstadt. Massimo D’Alema. Sigmar Gabriel. David Miliband. Over thirty strong, the list of former European foreign ministers and prime ministers had been attached to a letter published in The Guardian, imploring the EU to stay committed to the two-state solution.(...)

Josh White / 15 Apr 2019

What Should Britain Do?

America Versus Julian Assange

The UK should resist the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. But what should be done about the sexual assault claims in Sweden?(...)

The past is forever. Torino, December 2018.
Joel Schalit / 11 Apr 2019

Repetition Syndrome

Towards a Nationalist European Union

The first time the heads of Italy and Germany’s two biggest fascist parties met was in Venice, in June 1934. Things didn’t go so well for Benito Mussolini, who, a longtime hero of the new German chancellor, sought Adolf Hitler’s assurance that Italy could control Austria.(...)
Brexit benefits Moscow. People’s Vote March, London.
Josh White / 08 Apr 2019

Getting Russia Wrong

It’s Not All About Putin

Shell-shocked by the Trump victory, European leaders have been captivated by the Mueller investigation into claims of Russian collusion. It should be no surprise that the report fell short of expectations.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 05 Apr 2019

Exploding German Identity Politics

Rammstein’s Deutschland

The hysteria was predictable. Posing as both concentration camp inmates and their Nazi executioners, the video for Rammstein’s new song “Deutschland” was destined to infuriate one demographic, just as selecting a black actress, Ruby Commey, to personify Germania, was bound to piss off another.(...)
John Foster / 03 Apr 2019

The Populist Ideal

Trump and the Future of European Politics

The West is getting populist, roiling politics across Europe and the Americas. Centre-right parties, such as Germany’s governing Christian Democrats, and Britain’s Conservatives, find themselves being pushed rightwards in heretofore unimaginable ways.(...)

Natalie Sarkic-Todd / 01 Apr 2019

Revoke Article 50

Britain Takes Back Control

And yet there is hope. Today, on 1 April (Yes, April Fool’s Day,) the UK parliament debates the Revoke Article 50 petition.  For those who say petitions are useless,  this shows that when government is not listening, at least citizens can be heard and influence the political process.(...)

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