Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY NAFTOGAZ OF UKRAINE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser DINING WITH A DICTATOR: Wondering what Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un ate Wednesday night at their “social dinner” at the French colonial Metropole Hotel in Hanoi? Wonder no more — here’s the menu: shrimp cocktails, followed by grilled sirloin with pear kimchi, and a chocolate lava cake with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream for desert. They washed it down with dried persimmon punch. PLUS ÇA CHANGE: Here’s what you need to know about Wednesday evening’s vote in Westminster: The revolution has been called off, Prime Minister Theresa May remains in charge, she can continue to wield the threat of a no-deal Brexit, and the House of Commons will be presented with yet another opportunity, in another fortnight, to vote on May’s … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Naftogaz of Ukraine: Dining with a dictator — Sweating over China — Is it Brexit yet?
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Popular on social media Unification Council elects head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1686 Vatican recognizes autocephalous church in Ukraine 1001 Veselka serves hundreds daily with Ukrainian cuisine in Manhattan 762 Let’s be blunt: people aren’t good at fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions. And Ukraine isn’t either. In its first issue of 2018, the Kyiv Post published a list of 18 steps the Ukrainian government should take in the new year to improve the country, strengthen its defense, and better its economy. The proposals were hardly novel. By and large, the newspaper recommended what the country’s reformers, its international friends, and participants in the EuroMaidan Revolution had all been demanding since 2014, when Kremlin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown and Russia launched its retaliatory war on Ukraine. Now, as 2018 draws to a close, it is time to take stock of what was and what wasn’t accomplished. The … [Read more...] about How Ukraine fared in meeting 18 important goals in 2018
In an age of insurgency, from gilets jaunes to Extinction Rebellion, non-violence is key to harnessing the energy of protest. The gilets jaunes movement in France is a leaderless political uprising. It isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. Occupy, the Arab spring and #MeToo are other recent examples of this new politics. Some of it is good. Some of it is not: a leaderless movement, self-organised on Reddit, helped elect Donald Trump. But leaderless movements are spreading, and we need to understand where they come from, what is legitimate action and, if you want to start one, what works and what doesn’t. The Arab spring began with the self-immolation of one despairing young man in Tunisia; the revolt rapidly spread across the region, just as protests have proliferated in France. In highly connected complex systems, such as the world today, the action of a single agent can suddenly trigger what complexity theorists call a “phase shift” across the … [Read more...] about How to create a leaderless revolution and win lasting political change