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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Iraq: The end of the war against ISIS and what can go wrong

As Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of the war against ISIS, any reasons for worries that this is a premature announcement and in your opinion what’s next for Iraq? Read few comments.
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Jerusalem: Trump has created a crisis. Also an opportunity?

With Ahron Bregman of King’s College London about US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision.


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Commissioner Stylianides about rescEU, a new European system to tackle natural disasters

European Commission has revealed new plans to strengthen Europe’s ability to deal with natural disasters. This is a written interview with Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. The interview was originally published in daily Pravda in Slovak language.

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. Credit: European Union, 2014

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Brexit and Russia: How bad was/is it?

Researchers find that accounts run from Russia tried to sow discord between Britons over the referendum, at least 419 of those accounts tweeted about Brexit a total of 3,468 times – mostly after the referendum had taken place. The number might look small so how would you judge the operation like this in a broader context of Russia’s disinfo efforts? Read few comments.


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EU defense cooperation: How will/should be PESCO used?

This is still just a beginning for PESCO, but in your opinion how should be PESCO used, what would you perceive as a success and what would be a failure? Read few comments.

Military exercise at the Zaragoza Air Base. Credit: European Union, 2017

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A short threat assessment after terrorist attack in New York

Many observers claim that as ISIS is losing territory we could probably expect more attacks. So what it the biggest worry? Attacks like the current one in New York, means horrible but relatively unsophisticated? Or more planned attacks probably conducted by trained returned foreign fighters? Or is it perhaps the combination of both? Read few comments.
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