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Friday, October 19, 2018

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Although the recent and newfound rapport between Trump and the EU is a welcome respite from the current rot in the transatlantic relationship, it is unlikely to be a long-lasting feature as fundamental issues still divide Washington and Brussels.
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.
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.
New data show who in the EU is disappointed by the UK, and which common interests are worth fighting for pre-Brexit.
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.
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 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.
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.
John Collison's trailblazing billion-dollar company Stripe, which he co-founded at only 19 years old, helps companies of all sizes do business online.
A survey of Muslims in 15 European Union countries finds most are willing to embrace non-Muslims, but they often feel rebuffed by the majority populations of the places they live.
The Commission has already started using French and German more often in its external communications, as a symbolic move after Britain voted to leave the EU.
The European Commission will propose measures that could reduce EU small states’ veto powers, a move meant to overcome resistance to tax reforms as the bloc aims to increase levies on digital multinationals.

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