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What Putin Won in Russia’s Election (project-syndicate)

България, балканите и света 25.03.2018   By Nina L. Khrushcheva   Over the course of his 18 years in power, Russian President Vladimir Putin has veered from embracing the West to vilifying it. His reelection – with record-high turnout and support – suggests that his bet on nationalism has paid off handsomely, and that Russia is headed for a long period of stagnation. MOSCOW – At the beginning of his presidency in the early 2000s, Vladimir Putin was a pro-Western island in a sea of...   прочети повече

Why EU leaders may not be in the mood to hit back hard at Russia over spy attack (cnbc)

България, балканите и света 20.03.2018   By NatashaTurak   If the Kremlin is testing how far it can push the U.K. and get away with it, it may end up pleasantly surprised. Divided interests within the European Union will likely impede a uniform response toward Russia over its alleged nerve attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain. Russia has so far not appeared phased by the U.K. government's threats of retaliation, which so far consist of the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the...   прочети повече

Trump’s Foreign Policy Has Left The Middle East Wide Open To Russia And China - And They’re Moving In (Newsweek)

България, балканите и света 20.03.2018   By Sina Toossi   Donald Trump’s presidency has spurred a sharp uptick in global distaste for U.S. policies. His first year in office ended with international approval for U.S. political leadership plunging to levels on par with China and Russia. Trump’s “America First” foreign policy doctrine has done nothing to abate such perceptions, not least because it has been marked by unabashed unilateralism that cares little for mutually-beneficial...   прочети повече

8 Shocking Things You Should Know About Gina Haspel, CIA’s First Female Director (cheat sheet)

България, балканите и света 19.03.2018   By Lizz Schumer   Blink and you’ll miss the rapid-fire changes going on at the White House. On March 13, President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter, promoting outgoing CIA director Mike Pompeo to serve in his place. The president then tapped deputy CIA director Gina Haspel, 61, as the first woman to lead the CIA, pending confirmation. Some of the facts coming out about her may surprise you — and some...   прочети повече

What does Turkey’s seizure of Afrin mean for Syria war? (AFP)

България, балканите и света 19.03.2018   Beirut (AFP) - The capture of Afrin from the Kurds by Turkish-led fighters on Sunday could have major repercussions for Syria's protracted war. Here we look at what it means for Turkey, the Syrian regime and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia who were in control of the city. - What has Erdogan won? Forces led by Turkey launched an offensive on January 20 to retake the enclave of Afrin from the YPG, which Ankara considers to be a "terrorist"...   прочети повече

China threatens to respond with “military pressure” after Trump supports official visits to Taiwan (business insider)

България, балканите и света 18.03.2018   By Tara Francis Chan China's state-run media said the Taiwan Travel Act signed by President Donald Trump could lead to military pressure. The law, which allows official visits between the two countries, has angered China as it considers Taiwan one of its provinces and regularly holds military drills near the island. The warning comes as relations between the US and China deteriorate over tariffs and a potential trade war. China's could respond to a law that...   прочети повече

Erdogan is transforming Turkey into a totalitarian prison (washingtonpost)

България, балканите и света 09.03.2018   By Editorial Board   IN TURKEY under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the tweet has been turned into a crime, and a troubled democracy is being turned into a dictatorship. Gradually but inexorably, a nation that once aspired to be an exemplar of enlightened moderation is being transformed by Mr. Erdogan into a dreary totalitarian prison. In the latest setback, last week, 23 journalists were sentenced to prison for between two and seven years on patently ridiculous...   прочети повече

Opinion: America ignores Russia at its peril (ljworld)

България, балканите и света 07.03.2018   By David Ignatius   WASHINGTON — In his chilling account of the Romanov dynasty, the British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore quoted Peter Stolypin, who was interior minister for Nicholas II, the last of the tsars: “In Russia, nothing is more dangerous than the appearance of weakness.” Montefiore explained that in the 300-plus years of Romanov rule, power had been an instrument not simply of governing, but of survival. He cited the aphorism of the...   прочети повече

Republicans finally reveal their red line for Trump (washington post)

България, балканите и света 06.03.2018   By Dana Milbank   What would it take for Republicans to turn against ­Donald Trump? Now, finally, we know. For nearly three years, Republican lawmakers have stood with Trump, offering only isolated protest, through all manner of outrage. Disparaging Mexican immigrants. Videotaped boasts about sexually assaulting women. Alleging that his predecessor put a wiretap on him. Falsely claiming mass­ive voter fraud. Racism directed at a federal judge. The...   прочети повече

Do Merkel and Germany Have a Future? (national interest)

България, балканите и света 05.03.2018   By E. Wayne Merry   Germany has a new grand-coalition government (GROKO) in sight thanks to the decision by Social Democratic Party (SPD) rank and file to agree to another link-up with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU). SPD dues-paying members voted by two-thirds in a postal referendum to play second fiddle once again under Merkel at the national level. Both parties are motivated by palpable fear that failure to agree would provoke new elections in...   прочети повече