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On 25 May, President Trump will come to Brussels, on the last leg of his first trip abroad. If anyone takes offense at Europe coming in line after Saudi Arabia and Israel on this trip, then talking to Trump might be a waste of time. You will be better off among the demonstrators with their whistles, #resist hashtags and “Impeachment!” placards. But if the heads of government of EU and European NATO members want to get...
Mr. Emmanuel Macron is the new president of the French republic, and was formally enthroned in the Élysée Palace last Sunday. He succeeded François Hollande, a decent 'president without qualities' who reminded one of a musilian character from the crumbling Habsburg Empire, as opposed to anything resembling French grandeur. The new President, although only thirty-nine years old, seems to have an intense sense of the dignity of...
China first became an active and visible player in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the 1950s, when it worked together with the region to stop a possible Soviet invasion of Poland in October 1956. This strong relationship was later dismantled due to the Sino-Soviet split and the volatile domestic situation in China (the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution). It is only since 2012 that China has become active in...