China: How safe is Xi Jinping’s rule?

Lasting trade dispute with the US, continuous international coverage of treatment of the Uyghurs, protests and bad results of pro-Beijing candidates in Hong Kong local elections. Is this combination of factors somehow a special challenge for Xi Jinping, for the regime, or not and why? Read few comments.

President Xi Jinping: Credit: http://english.gov.cn/

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What’s next after attacks on Saudi oil facilities?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tehran was behind damaging drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities but Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said that they had carried out the attacks. From what we know what is your reading of a situation, and in your opinion what does the attacks mean for already very tense US-Iran-Saudi Arabia relations? Read few comments.
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Greek elections: Mitsotakis’ ND leads opinion polls. Why?

What are the main reasons that ND is pretty clearly leading in the opinion polls? An early elections take place on July, 7. Read few comments.

Leader of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Credit: http://www.nd.gr

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Brexit negotiations and the future of EU-UK relations. Where are we heading?

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Is Italy’s populist government a disruptive force?

Slovakia’s PM Peter Pellegrini just visited Italy. Of course, EU topics were prominently on the table. How would you shortly assess the role new Italy’s government plays at the EU stage, as many people were worried that this populist government will be a disruptive force? Is it, or not, and why? Read few comments.

Slovakia’s PM Peter Pellegrinin (L) just visited Italy and met PM Giuseppe Conte. Credit> Facebook of PM Peter Pellegrini

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ASEM: What connects and what divides Europe and Asia

The upcoming 12th ASEM will focus on the theme Europe and Asia: Global Partners for Global Challenges. While ASEM forum is probably too broad to achieve something substantial, in general, what challenges connect Europe and Asia these days, and what does divide Europe and Asia? Read few comments.

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Jamal Khashoggi: How will/can Saudi Arabia react on possible sanctions?

Saudi Arabia says it will respond to any outside sanction regarding the case of Jamal Khashoggi with the bigger action, Saudi media warns the US that with eventual sanctions it will stab itself to death and many Gulf and Arab countries supported Riyadh. But countries like the UK, France, Germany ask for answers regarding the fate of Mr. Khashoggi. Where could this lead, do you think a crisis with some global consequences is brewing, or do you see this less dramatically, and why?


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