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A Palestine Succession Story

On two occasions, a Palestinian political entity has had its leader die in office. The first time, in 1963, the event attracted little attention because the entity in question had all but disappeared. By sharp contrast, the second time, in 2004, Palestine had a variety of political structures with some ...

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A Europe with nowhere to go

When Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States on November 8, the doom and gloom across most EU countries was palpable. Some former foreign ministers opined that this was the end of the West as we know it, that the transatlantic relationship was in peril, and that ...

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Beirut 1982, Aleppo 2016

The waiting is over for those who pinned their hopes and fears for the next phase of the Syrian conflict on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. But whatever approach is eventually adopted by the incoming administration of Donald Trump once it picks up the foreign policy reins in ...

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60 personalities in France say “stop to Holland-bashing!”

The difficult situation current French president Francois Hollande is going through and the unprecedented collapse of his popularity, prompted a group of artists, athletes, creators, thinkers, researchers and entrepreneurs to sign a support statement for him, published Sunday in the French newspaper ‘le journal de dimanche” in which they  demand ...

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Make Europe Defend Again?

Donald Trump is making Europe think again, especially about European defense. Some European politicians are so concerned that the U.S. president-elect may scale back American military commitments in Europe that they are making radical proposals. The foreign policy spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Roderich Kiesewetter, told Reuters ...

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Trump election: Jeff Sessions tapped for top law job

Donald Trump has asked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, US media is reporting. Senator Sessions, a former prosecutor elected to the Senate in 1996, has been one of Mr Trump’s closest allies throughout the campaign. Meanwhile, retired three star lieutenant general Michael Flynn is understood to have ...

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The End of Europe’s Comfort Zone

Shortly before Donald Trump was elected U.S. president on November 8, leading EU officials paid a visit to NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. Led by Nathalie Tocci, who is the top security and foreign policy adviser to the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, the delegation spent two hours briefing the ...

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