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Bin Laden killed: For a day or two, we’ll feel like the United States of America again

It’s always satisfying when hoary old national stereotypes suddenly prove to be true. On Friday, the British were brought together as a nation by a royal wedding. On Sunday morning, Poland was brought together as a nation by the beatification of the former Pope. On Sunday night – and well into Monday morning – my …

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Is Dmitry Medvedev ready to stand up to Vladimir Putin’?

Vladimir Putin’s ruthless control of the Kremlin looks set to be tested, writes Anne Applebaum. This week, Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, said he might stand for re-election in 2012. A day later, Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin, said he might oppose him. In any other European country, this would be run-of-the-mill political news. In Russia, …

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The New Alliance

Freedom fries,’ served instead of French fries back in 2003, are no longer on the menu in Washington DC. French wine, out of fashion after Jacques Chirac refused to join our ‘coalition of the willing’ in Iraq, is no longer shunned. Au contraire.

Libya: Gaddafi is about to force Barack Obama’s hand

Libya: Gaddafi is about to force Barack Obama’s hand Barack Obama is about to learn a lesson – the US president can’t be neutral, writes Anne Applebaum. Is it cowardice? Is it indecisiveness? Or is it clever diplomacy? Depending on who you ask in Washington, you’ll get a different explanation for President Barack Obama’s silence, …

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The Sensational Truth

For a man who earns his living by publishing other people’s email, Julian Assange has a high opinion of himself. You can hear that in his rhetoric, which combines the paranoia of the early Bolsheviks with the arrogance of a teenage computer hacker.

Polish presidential election: a welcome end to a strange campaign

This has been the strangest political campaign anyone can remember, and no one, from any political faction in Poland, will be sorry to see it end. The campaign has been strange because of its timing: under normal circumstances, no one would hold an election on what is, in effect, the first weekend of summer vacation. …

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Polish plane crash: country has shown resilience since President Kaczynski’s death

By the time I met Ryszard Kaczorowski, he was an elegant, elderly man, with no air of tragedy or trauma about him. Yet at the age of 21, he had been arrested by the Soviet secret police – this was 1940, in Soviet-occupied Bialystok – and sent to Kolyma, one of the worst camps of …

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