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Turkey's bungled putsch: a strangely 20th century coup

| Jul 17, 2016

Turkey's bungled putsch: a strangely 20th century coup

It was a strangely 20th century coup, defeated by 21st century technology and people power. When a self-styled military “Peace Council” tried to topple Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his increasingly authoritarian government on Friday night, the rebel generals and colonels seemed to be ...

Poland lurches to nationalist right

Oct 31, 2015

Poland lurches to nationalist right

Poland’s lurch to the nationalist right in the first election to be influenced by Europe’s refugee crisis is sending shudders of anxiety through the EU leadership in Brussels, where officials expect a prickly relationship. EU officials have not forgotten the first time Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s ...

How Europe and U.S. stumbled into spat over China-led bank

| Mar 23, 2015

How Europe and U.S. stumbled into spat over China-led bank

Sometimes geopolitical shifts happen by accident rather than design. Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China’s checkbook diplomacy came of age, giving the world’s No. 2 economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United ...

Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of U.K.

Sep 14, 2014

Silent Europe aghast at possible breakup of U.K.

Britain’s international partners are aghast, mostly in silence, at the possibility that one of the leading Western powers could break up and turn in on itself if Scotland votes this week for independence from London. Many fear such a split would foreshadow a British ...

Dec 9, 2013

Moral high ground as a tool

Admirable as Nelson Mandela's saintly virtues were, he also had to be cunning, iron-willed, bullheaded and contemptuous at times to engineer the political miracle in South Africa.