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Christiane Hoffmann, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller, Christoph Schult and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt May 6, 2017
European leaders value the Schengen zone for border-free travel, but recognize it will lose allure for citizens if external borders are not secure, reports a team from Spiegel Online. “Schengen, [Chancellor Angela Merkel] said, means that Germany's neighbors are no longer Austria or Poland, but Russia, Turkey and Libya,” notes the article. Europe has little control over so many countries in...
Michael H. Fuchs and Nina Hachigian May 5, 2017
An “America First” policy has prompted concern from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations about whether the United States is a dependable partner for countering Chinese influence. The foreign ministers of ASEAN’s 10 member states will meet for dialogue in Washington, DC. Recommendations from Michael H. Fuchs and Nina Hachigian would require the Trump administration to back away from some of...
Mark J. Valencia May 4, 2017
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China suggest that negotiators are making progress on a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, but details and implementation won’t be easy, argues Mark Valencia for the Straits Times. “China will resist any provision that could subject it to third-party dispute-settlement processes without its consent,” he explains, adding that it opposes non-...
Al Jazeera May 4, 2017
Egypt, reeling from years of political unrest and mounting terrorism, must also deal with a decline in tourism. Before 2011, the country welcomed more than 14 million tourists annually. Then the Arab Spring protests swelled in 2011, deposing Hosni Mubarak, followed by a coup in 2013 that removed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution. Today, the number of tourists has dropped to...
Jonathan Watts and Virginia López May 3, 2017
Venezuela has ample oil reserves and other natural resources, but its citizens must contend with unemployment, inflation, corruption and negative growth. Foreign investors and neighboring states are alarmed as protests and riots over food shortages overwhelm the country. The opposition won control of the national assembly by a large margin in 2015, but President Nicholás Maduro plans to revise...
Vera Gutiérrez Calvo May 3, 2017
Spain is debating whether some topics are off limits, even terror groups from long ago, now defunct, on social media – and “how to tackle hatred, humiliation and disrespect without being disproportionate and arbitrary,” reports Vera Gutiérrez Calvo for El Pais. “Sources from the central High Court and prosecutor offices state that jokes in themselves are not being prosecuted as crimes, but that...
Max Bearak May 2, 2017
The civil war in Yemen has draws proxy fighting between Saudi Arabia and Iran – with the former backing the government and the latter backing Houthi rebels. A bipartisan group of US lawmakers are warning the US secretary of defense against support for a Saudi assault on the port city of Hodeida, with members of Congress pointing to a need for congressional authorization. “Saudi fighter jets...

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