"In cancelling the project, Germany would have to pay billions of euros compensation to the companies, and Germany would lose every credibility as a serious trade partner", he suggests. Speaking about who could come out as the winner in this case, Martin Love, a retired US journalist who lives in North Carolina, says Washington, DC. … [Read more...] about Navalny Accuses Putin of Poisoning: Why Claim Holds No Water and Who Could Benefit From It
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman reinforced the shift in tone on Monday, saying she shared the view of Maas, who told newspaper Bild am Sonntag: “I certainly hope that the Russians will not force us to change our position on Nord Stream 2.” … [Read more...] about No Nord Stream 2? No problem for Germany, economists say
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel: Through good times and bad Too thin-skinned on media By 2012, Vladimir Putin had taken on a harsher course towards the press and political dissenters. When asked about media freedom while in Saint Petersburg, Merkel responded with a barely hidden jab at her fellow leader: "If I were to get sulky every time I opened a newspaper, I wouldn't last three days as chancellor," she said. … [Read more...] about Germany is mulling economic sanctions against Russia. Do they actually work?
Annen also said, “would we do something that really would make Russia pay a price or would we also somehow do something that goes against our own long-term interests?" … [Read more...] about German Minister of State on Navalny poisoning: ‘Breach of international law’
The beginning of the de-facto reign of crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia briefly seemed like a kind of American dream—a dream shared by a certain strand of American diplomacy straddling the Republican and the Democratic parties alike: a young, charismatic ruler firmly in charge of a major American ally in a key geopolitical region was pledging his allegiance to modernization, economic dynamism and even political reform. Unlike other autocrats who've come to be seen as major Trump allies, bin Salman—or MBS, as he is commonly known—was briefly feted and celebrated by Western liberals as well, with credulous profiles of the leader as an enlightened reformer. … [Read more...] about America’s Foreign Enemies Mostly Hope for a Joe Biden Win; Allies Are Divided