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Why Protests Keep Putin Up at Night: The Fears of a Strongman

Posted by hkarner - 21. April 2017

Date: 20-04-2017
Source: www.foreignaffairs.com By Stephen Crowley

By all appearances, Russian President Vladimir Putin is at the height of his power. He currently enjoys domestic approval ratings of over 80 percent. He has sidelined, if not repressed, any serious political opposition. And by all accounts, he has full control over the Russian state apparatus, not least the so-called power ministries, such as the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of the Interior.

Despite his solid grip on power, Putin appeared alarmed when, at the end of March, Russian citizens in dozens of cities suddenly appeared in the streets to peacefully protest official corruption. The government responded by having as many as 1,000 of the protestors, including the leader of the opposition, Alexey Navalny, arrested. Why such concern by a political leader who appears to be so fully in control? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Illiberal Stagnation

Posted by hkarner - 3. April 2017

 

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Nach Brexit: Russland in EU

Posted by hkarner - 1. April 2017

01.04.2017, mmnews. Von Wilfried Kahrs

Anders als die Türkei wäre Russland in der EU bestens aufgehoben. Das gilt nicht nur aufgrund der Geographie, wo doch ein wesentlicher Teil auch tatsächlich in Europa liegt. Moskau würde für frischen Wind in Brüssel sorgen.  

Long Face: Endlich ist auch der formale Austrittsantrag Großbritanniens bei der EU eingetrudelt … ein Rückzug desselben wäre den EU-ligarchen sicher lieber gewesen. Derzeit ist die Presse konsortial darum bemüht, das gesamte Spektrum an Eifersüchteleien, Sticheleien, Gehässigkeiten, Kränkungen und Nachtretvolumen auszupacken, um den Inselaffen Engländern nochmal gut was auf die Mütze zu geben.

Man macht medial gar keinen Hehl daraus, wie beleidigt man sich fühlt, dass ausgerechnet jetzt jemand die s†inkende EU-Tanic vor- oder gar noch rechtzeitig zu verlassen gedenkt. BREXIT-Befürworter unter den Medien gibt es nur sehr wenige.

Angeblich ist man sich auch darüber einig, dass es schmerzhaft und teuer für die Engländer werden muss. Weniger weil die EU etwas daran verdienen möchte, vielmehr als total abschreckendes Beispiel gegenüber potenziellen Aussteigern unter den EU-lanern. Abschreckung ist alles, das gilt nicht nur für militärische Gegner! Derzeit sind rund 60 Milliarden Euro Scheidungskosten im Gespräch. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Russia’s Nonprofit Spies

Posted by hkarner - 30. März 2017

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Russia Looks to Exploit White House ‘Turbulence,’ Analysts Say

Posted by hkarner - 1. März 2017

Date: 28-02-2017
Source: The New York Times

MOSCOW — The Kremlin, increasingly convinced that President Trump will not fundamentally change relations with Russia, is instead seeking to bolster its global influence by exploiting what it considers weakness in Washington, according to political advisers, diplomats, journalists and other analysts.

Russia has continued to test the United States on the military front, with fighter jets flying close to an American warship in the Black Sea this month and a Russian naval vessel steaming conspicuously in the Atlantic off the coast of Delaware.

They think he is unstable, that he can be manipulated, that he is authoritarian and a person without a team,” Alexei A. Venediktov, the editor in chief of Echo of Moscow, a liberal radio station, said of President Trump. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe Combats a New Foe of Political Stability: Fake News

Posted by hkarner - 22. Februar 2017

Date: 21-02-2017
Source: The New York Times

macron-ccEmmanuel Macron,  a French presidential candidate. The head of his party said Mr. Macron had been targeted by Russian news channels.

BRUSSELS — They scan websites and pore over social media, combing through hundreds of reports a day. But the bogus claims just keep coming.

Germans are fleeing their country, fearful of Muslim refugees. The Swedish government supports the Islamic State. The European Union has drafted rules to regulate the ethnicity of snowmen.

In their open-plan office overlooking a major thoroughfare in Brussels, an 11-person team known as East Stratcom, serves as Europe’s front line against this onslaught of fake news.

Created by the European Union to address “Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns,” the team — composed of diplomats, bureaucrats and former journalists — tracks down reports to determine whether they are fake. Then, it debunks the stories for hapless readers. In the 16 months since the team has been on the job, it has discredited 2,500 stories, many with links to Russia.

In a year when the French, Germans and Dutch will elect leaders, the European authorities are scrambling to counter a rising tide of fake news and anti-European Union propaganda aimed at destabilizing people’s trust in institutions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns

Posted by hkarner - 17. Februar 2017

Date: 16-02-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Russia’s Bad Equilibrium

Posted by hkarner - 9. Februar 2017

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What Berlin Can and Can’t Do for the Liberal Order

Posted by hkarner - 31. Januar 2017

Date: 30-01-2017

Source: Foreign Affairs

Subject: Looking to Germany

With U.S. President Donald Trump poised to pull the United States back from global leadership and with the United Kingdom mired in a messy withdrawal from the European Union, Germany has emerged as the central economic and political power in Europe. Since German President Joachim Gauck’s much-lauded speech at the Munich Security Conference in 2014—“Let us thus not turn a blind eye,” he intoned, “not run from threats, but instead stand firm”—the country has shown its commitment to ensuring its own security and the continent’s. It has agreed to gradually increase its defense spending to reach NATO’s target of two percent of GDP and to create a credible European defense system. It made a unilateral decision in early 2015, for example, to send the Bundeswehr on a training mission to the north of Iraq and to join the military campaign against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) after France invoked the mutual defense clause of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty following the terrorist attacks on Paris in November 2015. Berlin has continued to help manage the crisis on Europe’s southern periphery, in Syria and Iraq, becoming a reliable partner to Washington at a time when the United States had significantly retrenched under former President Barack Obama. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Another Reset with Russia?

Posted by hkarner - 25. Januar 2017

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