What does Merkel want from Trump?

With a bit of exaggeration, but is the upcoming meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump a meeting of the leader of liberal world order with the leader of illiberal world order? At this stage what does Merkel want from Trump and vice versa? Read few comments.

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

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Dutch election and Russia’s influence: What is going on?

How big is the topic of possible Russian influence in the campaign before the Dutch election, any indications that there are some attempts from foreign actors to influence the elections? Read few comments.

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Is blocking Turkey’s officials from campaigning in Europe a blessing for Erdogan?

As the Dutch government withdrew Turkey’s FM Mevlut Cavusoglu’s travel permission it seems that EU-Turkey relations are deteriorating further every day. So in you opinion, what’s next, is it possible to continue like this or do expect some dramatic development from one or both sides? Read few comments.

Turkey’s President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: https://www.tccb.gov.tr

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Pros and cons of multi-speed EU

Two-speed EU or multi-speed EU has been to a certain degree a reality for some time. But it seems it is to many also the preferable scenario for the EU future. In your opinion, what would be pros and cons of institutionalized multi-speed EU? Read few comments.

The new building of the European Council and the Council of the European Union. Credit: www. consilium.europa.eu

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Dutch election: Will Wilders score and what could this mean?

It seems that PM Mark Rutte’s VVD and Geert Wilders’ PVV will fight for the first place in the upcoming election that takes place on March 15.

Geert Wilders. Credit: 745769

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US may moderate its commitment to NATO. What does it mean?

SecDef James Mattis said NATO allies must pay more or US will moderate its commitment.

US Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: www.nato.int

US Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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Merkel vs Schulz: Their strengths and weaknesses

It seems that Martin Schulz might be able to re-energised SPD, SocDems even beat CDU/CSU in one poll after a very long time.  What is his biggest advantage and the biggest weakness when facing Angela Merkel? And what is her biggest advantage and the biggest weakness when facing Schulz?

Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Credit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/f

Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Credit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

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