FROM Judy Dempsey
Trump's European trip causes concerns for security and trade At the G-7 meeting today in Italy heads of state are clashing over trade, climate change and terrorism. Yesterday, the newly elected President of France greeted Germany’s Angela Merkel before offering his hand to be gripped by President Donald Trump. Was Emanuel Macron being deliberate? Judy Dempsey, editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says Trump's behavior and speeches at the summit have world leaders puzzled over how to move forward with the President.
Should Britain Stay or Should It Go? David Cameron today told skeptics in Parliament that Britain should stay in the European Union because, "we have the best of both worlds." But the Prime Minister's credibility is being challenged as British voters prepare for a highly unusual referendum, and the outcome is increasingly uncertain. The US needs Britain to stay. So do France and Germany. But the refugee crisis and terrorism on the mainland are reminders that political unity can be costly. We hear what's at stake for international diplomacy and the global economy.
Kerry, Europeans Head to Ukraine as Crisis Intensifies As casualties mount in Eastern Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Holland met in Kiev today with Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry announced $16 million in humanitarian aid for Ukraine, but there was nothing about what are referred to as "defensive weapons." Judy Dempsey is editor-in-chief of, " Strategic Europe ," a blog published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
U.S. Points to Russia for Downed Airplane One American was among the 298 passengers who died yesterday when a Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down by a guided missile over Eastern Ukraine. President Obama today warned about “misinformation” until after a full investigation. But he didn’t mince words about Russia’s share of responsibility.
Ukraine Signs EU Deal That Started the Crisis The European Union trade agreement that set the whole Ukraine Crisis in motion 7 months ago has now officially been signed. Heads of state met for a signing ceremony with the new Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko. In response, Kremlin officials have warned of “serious consequences.” How will this complicate the geo-political stand-off between Russia and Ukraine that’s dragged the US and EU into it? Judy Dempsey is Editor in chief of Strategic Europe , a blog by the Carnegie Endowment.
Ukraine Crisis Continues to Escalate with Russia Gas Shut-Off It's the energy shut-off Europe was hoping to avoid. Russia's giant company Gazprom has stopped supplying natural gas to Ukraine — on the same day the new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans to unveil a peace proposal for pro-Russian separatists. Judy Dempsey is editor-in-chief of Strategic Europe .
Obama Vows to Stand with Ukraine, Meets President-Elect In Warsaw today, President Obama addressed a large crowd celebrating 25 years of democracy. In contrast to what he called Russia's "dark tactics," the President reaffirmed the "unwavering commitment" of the US and NATO to Poland's security. Judy Dempsey is Editor-in-Chief of Strategic Europe , the blog of Carnegie Europe, part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She joins us from Berlin.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.