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France election: Marine Le Pen sees Trump-like boost in support

With one day before France officially heads to the polls for the first round of its presidential elections, candidate Marine Le Pen — who has built her campaign on the populist anger that helped President Trump get elected — is seeing a similar boost in support. An opinion poll released Friday by Odoxa shows her nearly neck-and-neck

Putin critic Navalny jailed after protests across Russia

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was handed a 15-day jail sentence on Monday for his part in a big anti-government protest in Moscow which buoyed the liberal opposition’s morale a year before a presidential election. Sunday’s protest and others like it across Russia were estimated to be the largest since 2012 and foreshadow a presidential election

Anti-Semitism in Europe: The Hate that Never Goes Away

Joseph Puder, “Demonizing Jews while embracing their murderers—keeps European anti-Semitism thriving.” The latest appeal letter by the World Jewish Congress (WJC), written by its President, Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, headlined “Is it Time for Jews to Leave Europe?” Lauder cited recent violent attacks against Jews.  Current polls indicate moreover, that a majority of European Jews

Trump set to meet Merkel at White House after criticizing her during campaign

President Trump on Friday is set to welcome Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House in what is expected to be an amicable encounter despite Trump’s campaign criticism about her “ruining” Germany. Merkel was reportedly on her way to the airport Monday to fly to Washington when Trump called her to postpone the trip due to

Is Turkey Lost to the West?

Pat Buchanan, Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands was full of “Nazi remnants” and “fascists,” and suggested the Dutch

Merkel meets Trump in clash of style and substance

She is controlled and cautious, a physicist from East Germany who takes her time making decisions and has never relished the attention that comes from being Europe’s most powerful leader. He is a wealthy real estate magnate from New York who shoots from the hip and enjoys the spotlight. It is hard to imagine two

EU parliament calls to end visa-free travel for US citizens

In what has been called a “visa war,” the European Union’s parliament on Thursday called on the bloc to force American tourists visiting Europe to first obtain visas because the U.S. excludes five EU countries from its no-visa policy. The Wall Street Journal reported that the request is unlikely to change policy, but reflects “hostility

Why Democrats and Republicans are both wrong about Putin and Russia

Judith Miller, Douglas E. Schoen, No single foreign policy challenge is more contentious, or crucial, than getting Russia right. Under President Donald Trump, Republicans and Democrats have embraced diametrically opposing views on how to handle President Vladimir Putin. Both have it wrong. Throughout the campaign and the initial days of his presidency, Mr. Trump has

McCain Speech Shows Western and Establishment Values Aren’t in Sync

Rachel Marsden, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona addressed the Munich Security Conference last week, and his remarks made it clear that he’s oblivious to what the average European citizen is thinking these days. “I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership,”

America Snoozing: Europe is waking up. When will blue-state U.S.A.?

Bruce Bawer, There was a time, in the years immediately after 9/11, when I was reasonably (though not entirely) confident that we Americans would be too savvy to let ourselves be led down the primrose path of Islamization. I assumed that the alarming example of Europe – where the destructive nature of Islam’s impact was