The Brexiteers have failed — so they blame Theresa May

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  • Anne Applebaum

In almost any field of human endeavor — football, acting, plumbing — failure has a price. If you can’t push the hockey puck into the goal, you get kicked off the team. If your jokes don’t make people laugh, your career as a stand-up comic is brutally short. If the house you built has a leaky roof, nobody will buy it. Continue reading “The Brexiteers have failed — so they blame Theresa May”

Angela Merkel hat die Deutschen nicht auf die neue Zeit vorbereitet

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  • Anne Applebaum

Sie war gerade zum zweiten Mal wiedergewählt worden, als Angela Merkel im Jahr 2009 in die USA kam, um vor dem Kongress zu sprechen. Nur wenige Tage vor dem 20. Geburtstag des Mauerfalls war die Rede in Teilen nostalgisch. Da sie in der DDR aufgewachsen war, sagte sie, hätte sie sich nie träumen lassen, „nicht einmal in meinen wildesten Träumen“, dass sie vor einer solchen Versammlung würde sprechen dürfen. Allein der Gedanke, in die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika reisen zu können, sei jenseits ihrer Vorstellungskraft gewesen und erst recht dann, „hier zu stehen“. Continue reading “Angela Merkel hat die Deutschen nicht auf die neue Zeit vorbereitet”

Hungary is thumbing its nose at the U.S. — by following Trump’s cues

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  • Anne Applebaum

During his first NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump refused to state his support for NATO’s most important treaty obligation. During his first British visit, the president managed to offend everybody, from tabloid journalists to the queen. But although there are many incidents and relationships to choose from, the most embarrassing European foreign policy failure of the Trump administration is not unfolding in London or Brussels, but in Budapest. Continue reading “Hungary is thumbing its nose at the U.S. — by following Trump’s cues”

The democratic world could feel the heat from Paris

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  • Anne Applebaum

Fire, flares and tear gas scorched Paris on Saturday night; on Sunday morning, the carcasses of burned cars littered the streets, and graffiti covered the Arc de Triomphe. Smaller, and mostly more peaceful, marches had also played out across the country, where for the past couple of weekends protesters have occupied French toll booths, blocked speed cameras on highways, stopped traffic and bricked up the entrances to regional tax offices. Continue reading “The democratic world could feel the heat from Paris”

Russia’s latest attack on the Ukrainians is a warning to the West

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  • Anne Applebaum

On Saturday evening, three small Ukrainian naval vessels left the Ukrainian port of Odessa and headed for the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. Along the way, they had to pass through the Kerch Strait, a sliver of water that lies between the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and the Russian mainland. The Ukrainian ships were well within their rights to be there — a similar group of ships went through the strait just a month ago, and a 2003 treaty guarantees the rights of both nations to use those waters. But this time, in a carefully arranged provocation, Russian ships fired on the Ukrainian ships — and then seized them, along with 23 crew members. Continue reading “Russia’s latest attack on the Ukrainians is a warning to the West”

Iran’s regime could fall apart. What happens then?

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  • Anne Applebaum

We are now more than two weeks into a new sanctions regime on Iran, and it will be a long time before it ends. The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has listed 12 conditions that Iran needs to meet before that happens. They include a permanent cessation of Iranian support for revolutionary groups abroad, as well as a permanent halt to Iran’s nuclear program. By its own definition, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a revolutionary regime dedicated to exporting its form of radical Islam; it’s also a theocracy that relies on nationalist sentiment to maintain its support. In other words, these conditions are not going to be met anytime soon. Continue reading “Iran’s regime could fall apart. What happens then?”

A not-so-fond farewell to Dana Rohrabacher, Putin’s best friend in Congress

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  • Anne Applebaum

It took a while for Orange County, Calif., to count all the mail-in votes, but officials there did it. The result: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) will be leaving Congress after 15 terms in the House. So as he leaves the stage, let’s spend a little bit of time saying goodbye to Rohrabacher, the soon-to-be ex-congressman from California’s 48th District. For Rohrabacher is, in his way, quite an important symbolic figure: He is the living, breathing embodiment of the moral corruption that has seeped into a part of the Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the part that long ago stopped caring about U.S. leadership of the democratic world. Continue reading “A not-so-fond farewell to Dana Rohrabacher, Putin’s best friend in Congress”

A bittersweet commemoration exposes ominous rifts in our new world order

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  • Anne Applebaum

On the 11th day of the 11th month and at the 11th hour — the moment at which the armistice ending World War I was declared a century ago — the leaders of the nations that once murdered one another during that brutal conflict gathered in Paris. That was expected. The surprise was the degree to which a formal occasion so brilliantly exposed the relationships between former allies and former opponents today. Continue reading “A bittersweet commemoration exposes ominous rifts in our new world order”

Trump campaigned to protect himself, not help Republicans

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  • Anne Applebaum

The midterms are over, so expect President Trump to adjust accordingly: The “caravan” will now drop out of the news; the troops sent to the border will quietly pass their time drilling in the Texas sunshine. The conspiracy websites and QAnon groups that have been chattering about “the invasion” for weeks will shift their focus, because they aren’t needed anymore. It’s not an accident that Trump lost his temper precisely at the moment when Jim Acosta of CNN posed a direct question about the caravans. The president knows the story was a stunt, and he wants to move on. Continue reading “Trump campaigned to protect himself, not help Republicans”