Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States’

Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump has scolded some members of the Atlantic Alliance for not paying their “fair share” in defense spending. Addressing the NATO Summit in Brussels, the American president followed in the footsteps of many of his predecessors in saying that some members of the […]

Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Shrinking Europe: Turkey votes to be more like the Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia-minor. In a decisive but dividing referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote. Erdogan’s divisive victory […]

Turkey’s April 16 referendum and Erdogan’s transit from irritant to threat

Turkey’s April 16 referendum and Erdogan’s transit from irritant to threat

Special to WorldTribune.com Analysis by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Ankara There were, by the end of March 2017, growing indications that Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan had concrete plans to unleash a new wave of undocumented migrants into the European Union if he failed to win the absolute power he was seeking in the April 16, […]

Trump’s clear message to the nation and the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Trump’s clear message to the nation and the world: ‘America is once again ready to lead’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency. Labelled a “Reset” by some and “reaching for higher ground” by others, the speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress […]

Merkel yields to Trump: Germany should meet defense spending obligation

Merkel yields to Trump: Germany should meet defense spending obligation

by WorldTribune Staff, February 28, 2017 Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needs to meet its obligation to spend 2 percent of its GDP on defense. U.S. President Donald Trump is actively pressuring NATO allies to increase their defense spending. Germany currently spends about 1.2 percent of GDP on defense, which Merkel vows to change if […]

Trump takes on NATO’s globalists, and he’s still not president

Trump takes on NATO’s globalists, and he’s still not president

Special to WorldTribune.com Jeffrey T. Kuhner Having rocked the Democrat establishment at home, President-elect Donald Trump promptly issued statements that have rattled the rogue states of China, Iran and North Korea. Then, only days before his inauguration, it was NATO’s turn. In a recent interview with European newspapers, Trump stunned German public opinion with his […]

2016 was then: World stage set for more dramatic tension

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to consult the crystal snow globe and peer ahead into what events 2017 may bring. After a surprising, tumultuous and truly roller-coaster year just past, we certainly can hope for a more stable period. But should we? Despite the unprecedented electoral […]

New British carriers to join allied effort to secure air, sea routes in South China Sea

New British carriers to join allied effort to secure air, sea routes in South China Sea

by WorldTribune Staff, December 2, 2016 British aircraft carriers will join freedom of navigation efforts in the South China Sea, the UK’s ambassador to the U.S. said on Dec. 1. “Certainly, as we bring our two new aircraft carriers onstream in 2020, and as we renew and update our defense forces, they will be seen […]

Hundreds of Turkish officers quietly seeking asylum throughout Europe

Hundreds of Turkish officers quietly seeking asylum throughout Europe

by WorldTribune Staff, November 22, 2016 A number of Turkish military officers stationed in NATO outposts have requested asylum in the wake of the failed coup attempt in July, according to NATO’s secretary-general. “Some Turkish officers working in the NATO command structure… have requested asylum in the countries where they are working,” Jens Stoltenberg said […]

U.S. allies stunned as Moscow presses its advantage in Obama’s final days

U.S. allies stunned as Moscow presses its advantage in Obama’s final days

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct For more than two years Russian President Vladimir Putin has initiated an aggressive series of policy decisions aimed at advancing Russian interests and undermining the West, but recent events demonstrate the extent of Russian hostility. During separate visits to Europe, UK and Italian senior officials asked a […]