In the run-up to the Ukraine invasion, Gazprom has conclusively proven that it is not a business but a politico-military enterprise – a central part of Putin’s war-making kit.
Sergio Mattarella stays on as president, Mario Draghi remains prime minister. For Italy and Europe, this is the least bad outcome of Italy’s presidential election.
The EU and the U.S. need to address the real technology competitiveness challenge, which is China.
The EU-related obstinacy of Poland’s governing party is rooted not just in the desire to rewrite their own country’s post-war history, or even Europe’s. It is all a big-time deflection maneuver.
Salvini, Meloni and the hard right have to contend with a resurgence of the center left in Italy’s most important urban centers.
Europe needs to make clear proposals to the U.S. in its Indo-Pacific strategy to set a common approach to China.
How the U.S. handles the U.S.-Mexican border will say much about its character as a nation.
The EU tends to move more slowly — but it does get its act together.
The EU’s patience to throw Italy yet another lifeline after the current one is rapidly vanishing.
Surprisingly, Germany’s veteran Chancellor is replicating Gerhard Schröder’s moves to poison the transatlantic relationship — in her case by eagerly doing China’s bidding inside the EU.