Alastair Macdonald
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2018
How Britain's Dominic Raab tripped on 'Barnier's staircase' during British exit negotiations
Dominic Raab tripped up on Michel Barnier's Brexit staircase — that is how EU negotiators see how the reworking of a draft deal reached a month ago led to new demands on Britain that prompted him and other ministers to resign.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jun 27, 2016
What's next? Brexit opens up plethora of plausible scenarios
Stalemate between Britain and the European Union over what happens next following Britons' referendum vote to leave has opened up a host of possible scenarios.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2015
Guns, God and grievances: Belgium's Islamist 'air base' flourishes in Brussels district
"A breeding ground for violence" the mayor of Molenbeek called her borough on Sunday, speaking of unemployment and overcrowding among Arab immigrant families, of youthful despair finding refuge in radical Islam.
Jun 28, 2015
Rift with Greece sends European Union into uncharted territory
Europe's grand project to bind its nations into an unbreakable union by means of a common currency has lurched into uncharted waters after EU governments refused funding to save Greece from defaulting on its debts.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 30, 2014
City on East-West divide shapes Ukraine's fate
Lenin looks out on Donetsk, unmoved, anthracite gray and steely eyed. But a century after his revolution, this Ukrainian industrial city of Porsches and poverty seethes around him.


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