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
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.