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
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.