Is this Comeygate?

How do you assess the timing and reasoning of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Directory James Comey, how do you read this move? Read few comments.

Ex-Director of FBI James Comey. Credit: fbi.gov

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What’s next for South Korea after presidential election?

How much and how was the presidential election campaing in South Korea affected by current tensions with North Korea and what do you expect from the new presidenitial administration (President Moon Jae-in?) towards North Korea? Read few comments. (I have asked those questions before exit poll suggesting that Moon Jae-in won the election).

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What can Emmanuel Macron mean for the EU future?

Emmanuel Macron says: I’m a pro-European, I defended constantly during this election the European idea. I do consider that my mandate will be at the same to reform in depth the European Union and our European project. But how (un)realistic is this vision of in depth EU reform, where can he find allies and what might be the biggest obstacles for him? Read few comments.

Emmanuel Macron. Credit: https://en-marche.fr/

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Marine Le Pen and the state of European far-right

There is somehow mixed record of populist far-right parties in the current elections in Europe. Austrian Freedom Party candidate lost presidential elections. Dutch Geert Wilders was hardly satisfied with his result, German AfD, though election will take place only in autumn, is losing in the polls. On the other hand French Marine Le Pen is polling on 40 percent which is quite impressive though she is probably going to lose to Emmanuel Macron. European populist far-right is hardly homogeneous but what next for those movements, do you think we might see some changes in their messages, tactics, direction or they will largely stick to the anti-establishment message? Read few comments.

Marine Le Pen. Credit: http://www.frontnational.com/

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Brexit and the EU-UK war of words

Media reports said that after PM Theresa May-EC President Jean-Claude Juncker dinner EU officials described PM May as being in a different galaxy re Brexit negotiations. May reacted that Juncker will now see that she can be bloody difficult woman and that EU is seeking to affect result of British election.The atmosphere is hardly great even without the real negotiations. How do you read this, is this just a war of words or does it probably indicates that the negotiation will be extremely difficult, even pretty harsh? Read few comments.

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A success? A failure?: 100 days of Trump

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Why is China criticizing THAAD in South Korea?

China once again denounces the deployment of THAAD, Russia is also critical. In your opinion, is THAAD a right answer to North Korea missile threat and how do you perceive the objections of China, Russia that it damages the regional strategic balance and stability? Read few comments.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, (THAAD). Credit: https://www.army.mil

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