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Leonid Bershidsky

Leonid Bershidsky

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For Russia, Even the Language Can Be a Weapon

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, “Russophobes,” “aggressive nationalists” and certain

Human Smuggling Demands a Human Solution

More is required from the British and other European governments: They ought to be more humane.

A Refugee Invasion of Europe? Erdogan Is Bluffing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “open the gates” to Europe for Syrian refug

How Thomas Cook’s ‘Excursions’ Lost Their Way

The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Group Plc, the company whose founder is credited with inventing the mo

Hey, EU, Don’t Make Climate Promises You Can’t Keep

Ursula von der Leyen, the new European Commission president, wants to make Europe the first carbon-n

Europeans Want the EU to Act Like a Superpower

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president-elect, has promised to run a “geopolitical C

Italian Fiasco Proves One Thing About the Far Right

Political parties of the far-right make unreliable, even disastrous, coalition partners.

The Amazon Disaster and Environmental Guarantees

French President Emmanuel Macron dropped a bombshell on Friday: His office said France is opposed to

Russia Tells Its Scientists to Steer Clear of Foreigners

The Russian government wants the country’s academics to win back the prestige they used to enjoy in

Germany Needs a Recession to Start Spending

Germany is on the brink of a recession.

Germany Targeted Far-Right Violence With Laws. It Wasn't Enough.

Once the casualties from the El Paso mass shooting are added in, statistics show that since 9/11, mo

Is This Europe’s Politician of the Future?

Sandro Gozi, the former Italian minister now working for the French government, could be a man of th

Today’s World Leaders Are Walking Cliches

One of the most striking things about Boris Johnson, who became UK prime minister this week, is how

Smartphone Banking Is for Me. Regulators, Please Help.

As a client of the German smartphone bank N26, I wasn’t surprised to read Thursday morning that it’s

The EU Suffers From a Navigation Failure

The European Union’s satellite navigation system, Galileo, has been down since July 11.


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