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A lot at stake as the EU prepares for historic expansion talks

  • European Council meetings of the 27 leaders of EU member states can be technocratic and dull affairs. But this has changed since the start of the Ukraine conflict, with the “hand of history” hanging over their decisions more than ever. During their next meeting, on Thursday and Friday this wee...
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Why there’s more than economics to the G7’s role

  • The G7 was created amid the instability of the 1970s to monitor developments in the world economy and assess macroeconomic policies, but its role as a geopolitical linchpin has long been important too. This is being showcased during this year’s German presidency of the G7, which has been reca...
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Biden setting his foreign policy sights far beyond Ukraine

  • When Joe Biden began his presidency about 15 months ago, Asia-Pacific was the North Star of his foreign policy. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has recast his international priorities. The US president is now making the final preparations for an important trip to Japan and South Korea, w...
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Can Boris Johnson survive the beating he took in UK local elections?

  • The local elections in the UK on Thursday delivered a “black eye” to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party. The Conservatives lost a significant number of seats in the party’s English heartland but the much bigger potential challenges facing the prime minister now lie in the rest of the UK...
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UN remains relevant despite Ukraine difficulties

  • Western countries and corporations’ unexpectedly strong rebuke of Russia following its invasion of Ukraine has surprised many, but now, two months into the conflict, the UN is facing growing criticism of its multilateral efforts to secure peace. To date, more than 30 countries representing mo...
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Why Sunday’s French election matters to the world

  • It is not just the French populace that is holding its breath as the final round of presidential election on Sunday sees incumbent Emmanuel Macron face off against far-right Marine Le Pen. For much of the world is watching too. At stake is the future direction of the eurozone’s second-largest ...
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Why the West’s rejuvenation is not yet complete

  • The decline of the West became a dominant theme during the Donald Trump era, but its rejuvenation as a political force has been one of the key topics of discussion at the NATO and European Council summits this week. While US President Joe Biden is widely criticized in the US, his presidency h...
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Biden doubles down on transatlantic ties

  • The importance of the transatlantic alliance will be showcased again this week when Joe Biden makes his third big overseas trip as US president, with Europe yet again the destination following his visits there last summer and fall. While this trip will be dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukra...
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The UK has much to ponder as it reorients its foreign policy

  • Speaking during an official visit to Washington on Thursday, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned that the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine are as serious for the world as those of 9/11, and said the UK and other Western nations are paying the price for years of failure to ...
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Why Biden’s eye is on Tokyo

  • While US President Joe Biden is heavily focused on the dangerous Russia stand-off in Ukraine, his attention was diverted last week by a summit with new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.  At a time of growing tension with not just Moscow but also Beijing, Kishida could be a pivotal f...
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