FROM Constanze Stelzenmüller
Superpower America with an amateur at the helm No members of the so-called "establishment" are more distressed by Donald Trump's election than diplomats and intelligence experts -- here and around the world. Descriptions of their reactions range from "a palpable sense of dread" to fear of "Apocalypse Now." Europeans see the future of NATO at stake, while Russians are celebrating — along with Middle Eastern dictators and jihadists — albeit for different reasons. Trump's own Republican Party is deeply divided, along with the Democrats, over what might be next for America's role in the world.
Europe’s Response to the Refugee Crisis An emergency summit of the European Union convened in Brussels today after yesterday’s decision by their interior ministers to re-settle 120,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea. Contrary to business as usual at the EU, it was not unanimous among all 28 countries.
How Will Germany's Generous Response to Refugees Change the Country? While other countries in Europe are building walls and setting up police lines, Germany is urging widespread acceptance of refugees. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Germans to brace for an influx of refugees — promising to accept a half-million new people every year for the next five years. It's a big change for a country not previously known for its generosity. Constanze Stelzenmüller is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Federal Minster for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel discuss Germany's overall strategy to deal with the rising influx of refugees Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?