Andra Timu
Soldiers during a live-fire exercise in Weiden, Germany
WORLD / Politics
Mar 5, 2024
Germany faces pressure to tighten security after Ukraine details exposed
One official described the lapses that led to the leak as expected from people who have never had security briefings but not from military officials.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2023.
Feb 24, 2024
Europe’s east is losing faith in its west over arming Ukraine
The mood in diplomatic circles is that, should Russia ultimately win its war in Ukraine, Western Europe will not be forgiven.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets with Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu (right) in Bucharest on Oct. 10.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 7, 2023
EU may see ‘Putin lookalikes’ if Kyiv unity fades, Romania says
Ukraine’s allies must stand firm in backing Kyiv or risk emboldening populist forces across Europe, Romania’s prime minister said.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to greets Finland's Prime Minister at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 5, 2023
With subtler engagement, Macron refashions himself as EU linchpin
In areas ranging from defense to industrial policy, officials familiar with Europe's inner workings say Macron is calling the shots as rarely before.
An employee prepares tables and chairs outside a restaurant in Bucharest, Romania.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 3, 2023
EU membership supercharged Romania. Ukraine faces a tougher task.
Romania’s accession offers lessons that can help Kyiv along the way and offer an indication of the potential rewards.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
NATO to offer Ukraine fast path to join when conditions met
NATO leaders agreed that Ukraine won’t need a so-called Membership Action Plan to prepare for joining, Secretay-General Jens Stoltenberg said at a news conference.
Japan Times
Aug 20, 2022
NATO races to counter Russia’s threat in Europe’s weak spot
Moscow's war on its neighbor has raised questions as to whether NATO is doing enough to deter Russian expansionism after years of underinvestment and ignored warnings.
Reader Mail
Mar 18, 2007
'47 Ronin' reflect true values
Two recent positions taken by the Japanese government -- denial of the military's use of physical force to recruit "comfort women" during the Pacific War and the decision to start hunting humpback whales -- make Tokyo appear determined to alienate the rest of Asia and the West. There must be some reason...


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