Merkel is threatened. Macron is outraged. Brussels is paralysed. And all three trends are taken by their opponents as signs that they are winning.
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The Republican base which is so staunchly loyal to its president shows no sign of wavering over an issue that candidate Trump was persistently vocal about.
The United States’ traditional allies are wondering if the President’s erratic and aggressive behaviour is a ploy or his true nature.
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A focus on foreign policy, but continued disregard for America’s traditional friends abroad: the likely course of the next 500 Days of Trump.
Republicans and Democrats are both desperate for the investigation to conclude, but for opposite reasons.
Plus: Willetts loses at least one of his brains. Labour frets about losing Lewisham East (which it shouldn’t do). And: Morgan and Clarke, not the Brexiteers, are the real obsessives.
The President is often taken literally but not seriously, whereas he should be taken seriously but not literally.
With May distracted by Brexit, Macron is risking domestic political pushback to become Trump’s ‘bridge to Europe’.
The atrocity demands a response, but will the President favour international diplomacy or military action?
The presence of people like Orban in the EU club should worry Brussels far more than the prospect of Britain leaving it
He often disagrees with EU policies, but would not be averse to using its powers and institutions to promote a very different, nativist, concept of Europe and Europeans.
Lord Ashcroft: “We didn’t elect him to be a saint, we elected him to be a leader.” My latest American focus groups.
We found that those who had voted enthusiastically for Trump were still on board, and were prepared to overlook his private conduct, however regrettable they found it.
From the politicisation of committees and the near-deification of Corbyn to the absurd ‘fake news’ row over ‘Hatgate’, the parallels are troubling.
The President is clearly prepared to put politics before economics, even at the expense of America’s traditional allies.
Storming results for the Five Star Movement and the League pose big challenges to the established structure of Italian politics, to the EU, and to the left more generally.
Polling well, more than financially buoyant and administratively competent and unified, the National Party is in a strong position.