How safe is Orban?

How safe is the position of Fidesz and PM Viktor Orbán basically one week before the elections, what is Orban’s biggest concern at this stage, and why? Read few comments.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán. Credit: http://www.kormany.hu/Árpád Kurucz

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Russia’s maskirovka and crocodile tears over Skripal?

Russian foreign ministry statement re Sergei Skripal case: An analysis of all the circumstances … leads us to think of the possible involvement in it (the poisoning) of the British intelligence services, If convincing evidence to the contrary is not presented to the Russian side we will consider that we are dealing with an attempt on the lives of our citizens as a result of a massive political provocation. How do you read this Russian statement, basically Moscow tactics probably will be muddying the waters plus reaction on their diplomats expulsion plus some kind of escalation? Read few comments.
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Problems with Cambridge Analytica

Some people defend Cambridge Analytica that what they did is basically what everybody is sort of doing with social networks. From your point of view what is your biggest concern when you read about the behavior of Cambridge Analytica, do you think it may lead to some changes in dealing with data from social networks? Read few comments.


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Putin won: What’s next for the West-Russia relations?

Annexation a of Crimea, aggression against Ukraine, now the Novichok case. But still, this is a new term for President Vladimir Putin as he won the elections. Do you think that the West should try some new opening or at least something new towards Russia or basically not much can be done regarding the West-Russia relations? Read few comments.

A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in July. Credit: http://en.kremlin.ru

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What comes after Putin? More of him?

If Russian constitution stays unchanged the next presidential term will be probably the last one for Vladimir Putin. He cannot continue as President after 2024 and he is also getting older. Is Putin looking for successor (who could it be?) is it going to be a factor influencing the regime behavior, what kind of effect it may have? Read few comments.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: http://eng.putin.kremlin.ru/

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Merkel’s legacy: What does she want?

This is almost for sure the last term (some observers even claim that probably not a full term) for Chancellor Angela Merkel. In your opinion, what kind of legacy she would like to see at the end of her last term, what is she willing to do for her own legacy? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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Success and failure of Rex Tillerson

What was the biggest success if anything, and what the biggest failure of  Rex Tillerson in the office? Could Mike Pompeo be an improvement over Tillerson? Read few comments.

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Credit: https://www.state.gov/

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