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What should the EU do about the Turkish currency crisis?

The Turkish lira has lost more than 30% of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of this year. After the political escalation of tensions between the US and Turkey and the increase in tariffs on some Turkish imports last week, the lira was temporarily in free fall.

#FreePress: Journalists are not the enemy

Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of business for any corrupt regime taking over a country.

Opposition to Nord Stream 2 makes no sense for America or...

President Donald Trump, his opponents in the United States, and his critics in Europe have found common cause: opposing the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would transport Russian natural gas to Germany. All sides are in rare agreement, but they are all misguided in their own ways.

Google Chrome may soon add a feature that will speed up...

Google’s Chrome browser is the most popular web browser on the planet by a massive margin.

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The real roots of Germany’s defense spending problem

The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.

Is Europe America’s friend or foe?

Since Donald Trump took office as US president, a new cottage industry in rational theories of his seemingly irrational behavior has developed. On one issue, however, no amount of theorizing has made sense of Trump: his treatment of America's oldest and most reliable ally.

The structural flaw in the EU’s migration policy

The EU migration policy lacks a true understanding of the root causes. The approach is therefore ill-fitted for purpose, risks undermining development, and may even exacerbate fragility.

“The way people talk about the work of journalists has changed”

Bastian Obermayer on fake news and the role that politicians across the world are playing in creating a more dangerous place for journalists could not be more timely: as the tragic assassinations of journalists in Malta and Slovakia in the past year demonstrate, Europe isn't a safe zone anymore.

First-ever female mayor for Amsterdam

Femke Halsema will be named Amsterdam’s mayor, a move that would make her the first-ever woman to lead the city of canals and bicycles since that role was created centuries ago.

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