Populist leaders from Italy and Poland tackle ‘French-German axis’

Populist leaders from Italy and Poland tackle ‘French-German axis’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 10, 2019 Italy and Poland are set to spark a “European spring” in which anti-immigration populists will look to take down the “French-German axis” in May’s European Union parliamentary elections, Italy’s interior minister said on Jan. 9. “We are preparing a new equilibrium and new energy in Europe and Poland and […]

Free fall for ‘Jupiter’: French Yellow Jackets sting Macron

Free fall for ‘Jupiter’: French Yellow Jackets sting Macron

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Elected on a wave of dynamism a mere eighteen months ago, French President Emmanuel Macron has morphed into the figure of derision and disillusion. From a stunning 66 percent landslide win in the May 2017 elections to a perilous political free fall, Emmanuel Macron, France’s […]

Putin probes Ukraine’s sea lanes, sovereignty

Putin probes Ukraine’s sea lanes, sovereignty

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Russian Navy has harassed and seized three Ukrainian vessels in the narrow waters linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. The surprise incident in the Kerch Strait off occupied Crimea has reignited tensions between the two neighbors and refocused diplomatic attention on […]

UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a week of speeches which swirled from the sublime to the ridiculous or were simply just boring, the recent UN General Assembly debate reached some notable exceptions. Among the sonorous drone of 193 addresses, either restating the obvious or repeating by rote the contemporary […]

Bull in the ‘China’ shop: Trump at UN slams globalists and ‘discredited ideology’

Bull in the ‘China’ shop: Trump at UN slams globalists and ‘discredited ideology’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 25, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump, in his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 25, denounced “expansionist” leverage by China, Iran’s regime, globalism in general and “outdated and discredited” socialism. Brushing off laughter after praising his administration’s accomplishments, he emphasized that America will never surrender its sovereignty. Complete text of […]

Trump’s unpredictable trade tactics rally Europe as China sit-down awaits

Trump’s unpredictable trade tactics rally Europe as China sit-down awaits

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With trade and tariff polices shifting like the proverbial weathervane, the Trump Administration has confused and confounded even many close trading partners, Europe, Canada and Japan among them. This may be the Donald’s tactic in his wider strategy of getting fairer trade and better “deals” […]

Trump trade deal with EU frees U.S. to focus on real showdown with China

Trump trade deal with EU frees U.S. to focus on real showdown with China

by WorldTribune Staff, July 27, 2018 In securing major concessions on trade from the European Union this week, U.S. President Donald Trump cleared the way to make China the primary focus of his goal of “free and fair trade.” In a July 25 tweet, Trump said: “China is targeting our farmers, who they know I […]

Europe’s terrorism nightmare: Those required to notice explain that all is well

Europe’s terrorism nightmare: Those required to notice explain that all is well

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy In 1983, Robert Irwin wrote a fantasy novel “The Arabian Nightmare” about a young Englishman who was dragged into a whirlwind of sinister and ridiculous events in Cairo. The Arabian nightmare he learned was like a disease or a curse. It was terrible and obscene and monotonous, yet fearful. […]

Transatlantic divide; NATO then and now

Transatlantic divide; NATO then and now

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Donald Trump’s rhetorical thunderclap at the start of the NATO Summit sent political reverberations throughout allied capitals and put the pundits into overdrive as to what immeasurable damage the American president had caused while in Brussels. Indeed while chiding European allies on their woeful shortfalls […]

U.S. rejects EU appeals for exemptions from Iran sanctions

U.S. rejects EU appeals for exemptions from Iran sanctions

by WorldTribune Staff, July 16, 2018 The United States considered but turned down requests from European Union members for wholesale exemptions on Iran sanctions that President Donald Trump said in May would be re-imposed after the U.S. withdrew from the nuclear deal. In order to avoid disrupting global oil markets, the U.S. will consider waivers […]

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