Will the EU unity over Russia sanctions grow more fickle?

At the last EU summit we have seen how leaders agreed to roll over Russia sanctions but after intense discussion, Hungary, Greece opposed, Slovak PM Robert Fico called Russia a strategic partner (and now we have a government in Austria with pro-Russian FPO). Do you think it will be possible to keep sanction intact, that unity in the EU will prevail in the future, or not and why? Read few comments.
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Putin thanks Trump? It is fair to question his motives

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanks US President Donald Trump for CIA intel that foiled a planned terrorist attack in Russia. While exchanging info on terrorist threat is nothing unusual, it is rare that it is followed by public statement about this on the highest level. How do you read this, why, in your opinion, Putin felt he has to publicly thank Trump? 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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Will/can Tillerson stay? Does it matter?

How would you assess the chance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to survive at Foggy Bottom, does he deserve to survive? Read few comments.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Credit: U.S. Department of State

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Expectations are high for Trump’s first Asia visit. But…

A lot is eclipsed by the North Korea nuclear program but as President Donald Trump prepares for his first trip to Asia how (un)clear are the priorities of his administration in this region, what are/should be those priorities? Read few comments.


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More of the same?: Germany’s EU politics after the election

It probably won’t be easy to quickly produce a stable governing coalition after the German election. What kind of effect it may have on the EU politics taking into account also the fact that the possible Jamaica coalition might be pretty divided on many issues? Read few comments.
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Brexit: British diplomacy’s charm offensive?

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson just visited Slovakia. He arrives only few days after PM May’s speech in Florence. What do you think is the main aim of British diplomacy after the speech and do you think that speech brought some clarity into the negotiations? Read few comments.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with State Secretary Ivan Korcok. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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Will election change Germany’s foreign policy?

Do you expect some changes, adjustment of German foreign policy or more of the same after the election? Does is also depends on if FDP will be a part of the coalition as its leader Christian Lindner was in the EU policy more critical to French President Emmanuel Macron and in Russian policy more sympathetic to Moscow? Read few comments.
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