Is Chancellor Merkel a lame duck?

Discussion about Hans-Georg Maassen, Volker Kauder ousted as head of her party’s parliamentary group. What does it tell us about the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel? Some observers argue that she is becoming a “lame duck” and might even leave her position. Would you agree, or you see this differently? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit:

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Brett Kavanaugh and the state of American politics

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday. What does this fight over Kavanaugh say us about the current state of American politics, do you think he should be a SCOTUS justice? Read few comments.

Brett Kavanaugh, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Credit:

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Has he accomplished more than almost anybody? How does Trump’s foreign policy achievements look like?

Other people publicly laughing at POTUS is not an ordinary scene. But that’s what just happened to Donald Trump at UNGA when he said that his administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of the US. It is maybe not a question for a political scientinst but why do you think he felt those words should be in his speech, and what would you say is Trump’s biggest foreign policy achievement so far, not matter if positive or negative, simply the biggest? Maybe also his seemingly corrosive effect on the international world order? Read few comments.

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with United States President Donald Trump. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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What will Labour do about Brexit?

Labour London mayor Sadiq Khan just called for second Brexit vote. What do you expect from upcoming Labour conference in terms of Brexit and in terms of general direction of the party? Read few comments.

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What to expect from another Moon-Kim summit?

What do you expect from the another North Korea-South Korea summit, and what effect have current North Korea-South Korea relations on Pyongyang-Washington negotiations? Read few comments.

Inter-Korean summit: SK President Moon Jae-in (right) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Credit: english1.president.go.k

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Are Sunni jihadists losers or winners?

Or something in between. 17 years ago Al-Qaeda was able to prepare a spectacular attack against the US, last 4 years ISIS is making headlines everywhere. But if Sunni jihadist organizations would be doing some cost-benefit analysis what can they claim as a real success beyond attacks and destruction? In your opinion, were they somehow able to change the world in their own image, and how, or probably not so much? Read few comments.
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What’s (maybe) next for Sweden after elections?

It looks like a deadlock, but in your opinion, who has the best position to create the government after the elections, and can the Sweden Democrats play any role in this? Read few comments.
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