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The pastor, the banker, and the irresistible drama in Turkish-US relations

The Turkish-US relationship is either experiencing its first serious fissure since 1975, or just another bump in the road. No one can be sure.

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.

Democratic distress in the United States and Europe

Liberal democracy is in crisis where it was long thought most securely established. In both Western Europe and the United States, polls suggest voters are losing faith in democratic institutions; polarization and illiberalism appear to be on the rise.

Trade War: European Union taxes American imports

The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

Merkel and Trump agree the ailing German military needs a boost

The German military has been, by nearly all accounts, in a woeful state. In recent years, its helicopters wouldn’t fly, its submarines couldn’t sail, and its soldiers have wielded broomsticks in training exercises for lack of guns.

Trump, Kim seek ‘new relations’ in latest denuclearization agreement

The signatures of US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (R) are seen on a document held up by Trump following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

MEPs call on European Commission to suspend Privacy Shield framework

MEPs have called on the European Commission to suspend the EU-US Privacy Shield framework for personal data transfers, saying it fails to provide enough data protection for EU citizens.

Is Trump the EU’s only problem?

The United States' decision to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem was met with resentment across European capitals. The American decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran was met with outrage in European capitals.

Monsanto lobbyists remain banned from EU parliament

Lobbyists for Monsanto remain barred from the European parliament after the US agrochemical giant refused to attend a public hearing.

EU reissues ultimatum on hate speech

The European Union gave the ultimatum to social media companies last year, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, to remove hate speech from their platforms.

Arms race for space

In the 1950s, the US raced to dominate space - to launch objects, and people, into the unknown - hoping to show off its technological superiority. In 2016, they are preparing for a space war.

Russia sanctions costs the EU €30 billion

New research – which was carried out by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) - showed EU exports to Russia declined annually by 15.7 percent since 2014 when the sanctions were put into place.

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