Leadership

How Le Pen could win

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She needs to reassure conservatives and discourage leftists from voting. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Marine Le Pen needs a perfect political storm to help her win the French presidency on Sunday. She aims to provoke it by kicking up rage at her centrist rival, discouraging leftists from voting and winning over millions of disappointed conservatives by convincing them that her plans for the European Union are less worrying than they might… How Le Pen… Read More »

Tony Blair set to return to UK politics to ‘fight Brexit’

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair said on May 1 that he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit. Hurriyet Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election. But he said he wanted to build a movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the EU Blair, 63… Tony Blair set… Read More »

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speaking fees reveal what few want to admit

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His mission was never racial or economic justice. It’s time we stop pretending it was Steven W Thrasher The Guardian he reason many of us have been critical of Barack Obama’s outrageous $400,000 speaking fee is that it robs us of a fantasy: that sooner or later, the first black president was going to use… That Obama’s project was or ever would be racial and economic justice was… Barack Obama’s $400,000… Read More »

The French Election and Europe’s Future

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BERLIN – A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to… Joschka Fischer Project Syndicate But, even with the nationalist, populist candidate Marine Le Pen still in the running, many observers are genuinely hopeful that the… With Macron’s victory, Europe would avoid self-destruction yet again. A… The French Election… Read More »

Trump, in new tax plan, promises to do what Reagan couldn’t

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At the center of President Trump’s plan to dramatically cut taxes on businesses and individuals is a promise to stimulate extraordinary economic growth, so much so, his advisers say, that the… Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post If he succeeds in keeping that promise, Trump will have accomplished something his tax-cutting Republican predecessors failed to… In describing the proposal Wednesday, Trump’s top… Trump, in new… Read More »

What Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen think about Brexit

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LONDON — The next president of France will either be centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le… Adam Payne Business Insider The pair made it through the first round of voting over the weekend and will battle it out until Sunday, May 7 when French voters will elect one of them to… The result of the first round of voting dealt a major blow to France’s long-standing political establishment, with the… What Emmanuel Macron… Read More »

Money Talked Loudest at Trump’s Inaugural

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Bob Murray, one of the coal industry’s loudest voices, spent $300,000 on President Trump’s inauguration and got a lot more than good… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Mr. Murray — whose Murray Energy is a serial violator of federal health and safety rules — demanded that Mr. Trump gut regulatory oversight and pull the… “I’m not a patient man,” warned Mr. Murray, who earned infamy when he… Money Talked Loudest… Read More »

Election campaign kicks off in Iran

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Campaigning began on April 21 for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former… Hurriyet Ahmadinejad’s disqualification by the conservative-run Guardian Council was no surprise — he had been advised not to run by supreme leader… His populist economics and defiant attitude to the establishment had alienated even Ahmadinejad’s hardline… Election campaign kicks… Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘we’ll scrap rigged system helping the rich’

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Jeremy Corbyn has promised to put wealth “in the hands of the people of Britain” as he turned his fire on big business and the rich in his first major speech of the… ANDREW WOODCOCK AND ARJ SINGH The Scotsman The Labour leader cast the 8 June poll as a battle of “the Establishment versus the people”, as he promised to overturn a “rigged system” which allowed the… A “morally bankrupt” Conservative Party was intent on preserving the… Jeremy Corbyn: ... Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab follows authoritarian script

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The Turkish president broke the country so he could pretend to fix… MELIK KAYLAN Politico NEW YORK — Any media outlet telling you that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan legitimately won the referendum vote is… The free world has refused to get literate in the ways wily despots overpower the state and willingly overlooked the Putin-Chávez-Erdoğan formula now in vogue: a… Erdoğan’s power grab… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Erdogan Moves to Repair Late Crack in Referendum Alliance

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a last-minute threat to his bid to centralize executive power from an unlikely source: the… Onur Ant Bloomberg Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party MHP, accused key Erdogan advisers late Thursday of undermining the ruling party’s goal of introducing an… At the heart of Bahceli’s criticism was Sukru Karatepe, a… Erdogan Moves to… Read More »

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »

Politicians with a ‘winning at all costs’ mentality are damaging Australia

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Australia is a representative democracy Citizens who are equal, with a shared responsibility for good government, elect people of different backgrounds and perspectives to… Tony Fitzgerald Brisbane Times Those elected are not obliged to tell the truth or act in the public interest or forbidden to act in their own interests or the interests of their… They can also enact unjust… Politicians with a… Read More »

Afghanistan: The Future of the National Unity Government

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The power dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah is imperilling Afghanistan’s… ICG To avoid the collapse of the U.S.-brokered National Unity Government, both actors must end political partisanship and… Executive Summary Two and a half years after it was created to prevent the… Afghanistan: The Future… Read More »