Summer in France: Idyllic, but a chilling Euro winter looms

Summer in France: Idyllic, but a chilling Euro winter looms

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — It’s been a strange and uncertain summer, bookmarked by high temperatures, torrid inflation, and a very hot war on Europe’s eastern doorstep. France is still in vacation mode for a few more hectic weeks, but as the once glorious long days now shorten and the inevitable […]

As Russia tightens the vice, Trump’s warning recalled; Green Germany eyes fossil fuel

As Russia tightens the vice, Trump’s warning recalled; Green Germany eyes fossil fuel

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler This was a crisis waiting to happen. Europe’s unfolding energy emergency was long in coming but at the same time widely encouraged by Western European states all too eager to embrace Russia’s cheap and available natural gas delivered to the European Union’s doorstep by a spiderweb of pipelines […]

Cost of ignoring Trump: Clock ticks down to Europe’s July 22 ‘doomsday’

Cost of ignoring Trump: Clock ticks down to Europe’s July 22 ‘doomsday’

by WorldTribune Staff, July 13, 2022 In 2018, President Donald Trump warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Germany would regret becoming overly reliant on Russian energy. Merkel and most of the rest of the European Union scoffed at Trump’s warning and instead turned over energy policy to “a petulant Scandinavian teenager and a bunch of […]

From ‘Finlandization’ to an expanded NATO: ‘Not without risk’

From ‘Finlandization’ to an expanded NATO: ‘Not without risk’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Just a year ago, the political odds of comfortably neutral Sweden and Finland joining NATO were a long shot; Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine changed the military threat and jolted the political calculus. At last week’s NATO Summit in Madrid, both countries were fast-tracked to full membership in […]

Moment of truth for the UN Security Council: Could the 21st century see WWIII?

Moment of truth for the UN Security Council: Could the 21st century see WWIII?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Many people ask, “What’s the UN been doing to stop the Ukraine war?” That’s a fair question given that the conflict has been raging more than two months creating Europe’s most costly  conflict and humanitarian crisis since WWII. So where is the UN or more specifically Secretary General […]

Not ‘back in the USSR’: Vermonters no longer harbor warm and fuzzy feelings for Moscow

Not ‘back in the USSR’: Vermonters no longer harbor warm and fuzzy feelings for Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Bennington, VT — Some will smirkingly label the policy showdown as the Mouse that Roared. But in a small but significant step to condemn the ongoing war in Ukraine, the state of Vermont has taken steps, which in the words of Gov. Phil Scott, respond to what he […]

Gay, Godless, conservative? NATO soft power’s hard consequences

Gay, Godless, conservative? NATO soft power’s hard consequences

Special to WorldTribune, March 23, 2022 Analysis by Eric Clary American conservatism is truly in disarray and nothing has demonstrated this more effectively than the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Since the Russian “invasion” began, Conservative Inc quickly reverted from America First populism to muh “freedom” for Ukraine sloganeering. But before heartland conservatives join, support, or enlist in […]

Ukraine crisis — Brinksmanship to blitzkrieg to . . . ?

Ukraine crisis — Brinksmanship to blitzkrieg to . . . ?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Vladimir Putin has rolled the dice. And now he has moved militarily on Ukraine. Significantly, shortly after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Putin began his dismemberment of Ukraine in the Donbas then Crimea. Washington watched but did little. It appears that the Russian despot is following the same […]

A mid-winter game of geopolitical chess with Ukraine’s fate hanging in the balance

A mid-winter game of geopolitical chess with Ukraine’s fate hanging in the balance

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Russian tanks and mechanized infantry are churning dangerously close to Ukraine’s borders. Politicians are in overdrive trying to find new adjectives and soundbites to describe the combustible situation.  Diplomats throughout Europe and the USA are trying to stop the clock on what’s presumed to be Russian President Vladimir […]

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