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      Belarusians weigh their futures as Lukashenko hangs on to power
      Sep27

      Belarusians weigh their futures as Lukashenko hangs on to power

      MINSK — Alexander Lukashenko’s secret inauguration this week made it clear he’s got no intention of quitting Belarus. That’s forcing a growing number of professionals, especially from Belarus’ burgeoning IT sector, to decide whether to stay and fight or to take their skills elsewhere. “For many people, it’s just...

      2020: The year diplomacy died
      Sep24

      2020: The year diplomacy died

      PARIS — This week’s virtual United Nations General Assembly could be a metaphor for the decline of diplomacy and of efforts to maintain a rules-based international order instead of the law of the jungle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders are delivering a series of video monologues without being able to meet in New York for the...

      Von der Leyen challenges EU capitals to step up
      Sep16

      Von der Leyen challenges EU capitals to step up

      Brussels is stepping up to tackle the big crises, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared Wednesday in her first State of the European Union speech, and she pointedly challenged EU capitals and international powers to do the same. In the wide-ranging, plain-spoken address to the European Parliament, von der Leyen issued a...

      Navalny poisoning shows why Putin’s pipeline must be stopped
      Sep16

      Navalny poisoning shows why Putin’s pipeline must be stopped

      Konrad Szymański is Poland’s minister for European affairs. WARSAW — For anyone in the West who believed in the possibility of “normal” relations with Moscow, the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny last month should have been a rude awakening. The attack — using the nerve agent Novichok, a modus operandi for Russian...

      Lukashenko hunts for Belarus opposition leaders
      Sep16

      Lukashenko hunts for Belarus opposition leaders

      MINSK — Svetlana Alexievich is something very rare in Belarus. It’s not just that she’s a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, but she’s also one of the few opposition leaders not under arrest or in exile. Alexievich is the last of seven senior members of the Coordination Council, an opposition body set up to ensure a...

      Why Germany can’t say no to Nord Stream
      Sep11

      Why Germany can’t say no to Nord Stream

      BERLIN — At the center of Germany’s debate over what do about Nord Stream 2 lies this simple question: Does the country really even need a second 1,230 kilometer Baltic pipeline? As a German might say, jein (yes and no). The fate of the €10 billion project, which though nearly complete has been delayed by U.S. interventions, is hanging in...

      Security alert brings back Cold War memories for Sweden
      Sep04

      Security alert brings back Cold War memories for Sweden

      GOTLAND, Sweden — On Sweden’s Baltic Sea island of Gotland, Cold War-style security alerts are back. Last week, a mixture of Russian military maneuvers and Western nations’ offshore training operations triggered a rare mobilization of Swedish troops, with tanks sent to guard the main Gotland port and jet fighters flying overhead. The...

      US stands with EU to push for new election in Belarus
      Sep03

      US stands with EU to push for new election in Belarus

      The United States will work closely with the EU to raise pressure on embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and bring about new elections in the country gripped by protests since a disputed vote last month, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Wednesday. “We are coordinating closely with our transatlantic partners, including...

      Belarus crackdown’s next victim: Its booming IT sector
      Sep02

      Belarus crackdown’s next victim: Its booming IT sector

      Franak Viačorka is a journalist and analyst based in Minsk. He is a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and vice president of DigiComNet. MINSK — For years, there was an unspoken contract between the Belarusian regime and its growing IT sector: We do not touch you, and you do not meddle in politics. That tacit agreement appears to have...

      Never mind Navalny, Germany won’t get tough with Russia
      Aug29

      Never mind Navalny, Germany won’t get tough with Russia

      BERLIN — Alexei Navalny’s family might be counting on Germans to save the Russian opposition leader’s life. But if they’re expecting justice, they’ve come to the wrong place. As Navalny lay in a coma at Berlin’s Charité hospital on Friday, Angela Merkel held court in front of the press corps just around the corner,...