Weekly Review Since World War II, German elites have retreated comfortably, and sometimes hypocritically, into a mindset that amounted to absenteeism in global diplomacy. This is no longer tenable. Published on January 12, 2018 3:53 pm It was a German journalist and politician, Ludwig von Rochau, who in 1853 — well before Germany was even unified — coined the term Realpolitik. He would feel completely estranged from his descendants today. That’s because Germany’s foreign-policy elite remains stubbornly stuck in the mental and moral asylum it sought after World War II and the Holocaust. This is a mindset unsuited to today’s world, in which America is forfeiting its traditional leadership role, China is asserting its claim to rival America, and Russia is playing willful spoiler. In this world, with crises festering from North Korea to Iran that could one day culminate in mushroom clouds, German elites are at a loss. The postwar German stance in … [Read more...] about In a dangerous world, Germans need to get real on foreign policy
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Donald Trump has outlived the “axis of adults” that was supposed to guide and shape his foreign policy. He’s run through two national security advisers, innumerable lawyers and lower-level aides, an attorney general, an array of Cabinet secretaries and, any day now, the second of two White House chiefs of staff. He’s dumped the ideologist who helped elect him and never really clarified what his “America First” campaign slogan was all about anyways. But since we launched The Global Politico days after his inauguration, Trump has more than followed through on his election pledge to shake up the Washington establishment of both parties when it comes to America’s position in the world. Each week, we’ve watched as he’s reoriented — or tried to — U.S. policy toward everywhere from Iran to North Korea, Russia to our North American neighbors. In 67 episodes over the last year and 85 days, I’ve been privileged to host NATO … [Read more...] about Just how dangerous is Donald Trump?
Kilometres matter. If you’ve been anywhere near war, you will know that one kilometre away is better than 100 metres away. Two kilometres is much better than one. Ten kilometres away and your can smoke a shisha pipe while your shaking hands stroke the stray cats, who also understand the power of distance. Since the Iraq war, military strategists on all sides have reached for the safety of distance. If Britain joins US-led strikes on the Assad regime in response to the gas attack on Douma, it will probably fire Storm Shadow missiles, which can cruise to a target up to 560km away from the aircraft that releases them. On the ground in Syria, Russian bases will be protected by S-400 missiles, which can shoot down incoming missiles or aircraft at a range of 400km away, travelling at 5km per second. If this seems to you a long way from the images of retching children, writhing bodies and dead eyes you saw coming out of Douma on Twitter, that is no accident. Human war and machine … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Meet the trade unionist hoping to replace Paul Ryan: “I don’t blame him for running scared” Futile air strikes on Syria won’t defeat Assad and Putin
Video PUBLISHED: 09:55 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:55 08 June 2017 Voters will go to the polls on Thursday. Here, the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney say why you should vote for them. Picture: Matthew Usher. © Archant Norfolk 2015 We asked the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them today. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said: General election candidates for Broadland (L-R): Andrew Boswell (Green Party),David Moreland (UKIP), Steve Riley (Liberal Democrat), Iain Simpson (Labour) and Keith Simpson (Conservative) Broadland Andrew Boswell (Green) General election candidates for Great Yarmouth (L-R): Catherine Blaiklock (UKIP), James Joyce (Liberal Democrats), Brandon Lewis (Conservative), Mike Smith-Clare (Labour) and Harry Webb (Green Party). “Broadland people, I meet, know this election goes much wider than who negotiates Brexit with the EU, … [Read more...] about General Election 2017: Full list of the candidates in Norfolk and Waveney
For decades, the People's Action Party (PAP) has dominated Singaporean politics, winning every single election since the island nation's independence in 1965. But with the party's popularity dented over issues such as immigration, public transport, the rising cost of living, and a slowing economy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (article picture) recently cleared the way for a snap election - scheduled for Friday, September 11 - in a bid to, as he put it, win a "fresh and strong mandate." But PM Lee, who has been in power for 11 years, had until January 2017 to hold parliamentary elections, thus raising the question as to why now call them now. Analysts argue that the main reason for the early vote is linked to recent events in the city-state. The election not only comes after the country's celebration last month of its 50th independence anniversary (SG50), but also follows the death of PAP founder and Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), in March. The patriotism card … [Read more...] about What issues will decide Singapore’s general election?