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Reuters (December 4)

2018/ 12/ 06 by jd in Global News

The “broadly positive headlines” from the G20 meeting “are only half the picture. For all the efforts to keep it on track, the meeting in Buenos Aires also served to showcase an alarming rise in the number of international differences.” To make matters worse, “a growing number of leaders appeared openly hostile or dismissive of each other. The primary diplomatic breakthrough of the summit—a joint declaration to reform the World Trade Organization—may simply be a precursor to more arguments.”


Wall Street Journal (June 18)

2017/ 06/ 19 by jd in Global News

Helmut Kohl’s “vision shaped post-Cold War Europe for the better. Among the many leaders who shaped modern Europe, few have been as consequential…. He saw his country through the death of the Cold War and the birth of a reunited Germany at the center of a more deeply integrated European Union.”


Washington Post (January 5)

2017/ 01/ 07 by jd in Global News

“It’s an existential moment for all of Europe’s leaders, most of whom are only just beginning to grapple with the fact that Russia wants to destroy the Euro-American alliance.” Alas, with the inauguration of Donald Trump, they may “have to prepare for an American government that wants to do so too.”


Washington Post (June 24)

2016/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“British voters have defied the will of their leaders, foreign allies and much of the political establishment by opting to rupture this country’s primary connection to Europe in a stunning result that will radiate economic and political uncertainty across the globe.”


New York Times (May 30)

2016/ 05/ 30 by jd in Global News

Though European leaders are congratulating themselves for the latest debt agreement for Greece, “there is little to celebrate. Greece is bankrupt in all but name…. The reality is that Greece can’t be squeezed any harder.” The latest agreement is more of the same. “This crisis will never end if European leaders keep pushing policies that have repeatedly failed.”


USA Today (May 29)

2015/ 05/ 30 by jd in Global News

The work of U.S. federal prosecutors “will not be done until they find a way to force the soccer governing body to enact meaningful reforms and get rid of leaders who, at the very least, tolerated the corruption.”


Bloomberg (March 30)

2015/ 03/ 31 by jd in Global News

“In order to steer China off its current trajectory, leaders are going to have to tolerate a bigger hit to GDP. They must also quickly build a transfer mechanism to allow banks, state-run enterprises and entire municipalities to dispose of bad loans.” China’s total debt to GDP ratio “now exceeds America’s 269 percent and Germany’s 258 percent. Even more worrying: If the credit buildup continues at its current pace, that ratio will explode to 400 percent by 2018.”


Washington Post (February 22)

2015/ 02/ 23 by jd in Global News

“There is a danger that as other pressing concerns about North Korea accumulate — nuclear weapons, missiles, cyberattacks — the world will lose interest in the human rights disaster.” Ideally, “North Korea’s leaders should be held accountable” and referred “to the International Criminal Court for investigation of crimes against humanity.” At present, however, a Security Council referral looks doomed to veto by China or Russia. For the time being, the UN must continue “to investigate human rights abuses in North Korea, with an eye toward identifying who in the regime’s leadership is responsible for the horrors so that they can eventually be held to account.”


Wall Street Journal (October 20)

2014/ 10/ 21 by jd in Global News

“On the eve of Tuesday’s talks with student leaders of the democracy movement, Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive has a message for the world: No compromises, and no apologies. Which means that Hong Kong’s upheavals are likely to continue.”


Washington Post (September 17)

2014/ 09/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Afghanistan is teetering between a political implosion that could ignite civil war in Kabul and a power-sharing deal that could give the country another chance for stability.” Official election results will soon be announced, but due to voting irregularities a “winner-takes-all approach” is unsustainable. “It is up to Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Ghani [the two candidates] to show that Afghanistan can have a future under moderate, pragmatic leaders who are able to compromise.”


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