Zhang Zhan, Vaclav Havel, and ‘picking quarrels’

This week, the Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years in prison after having been detained in May on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Zhang’s crime: being one of the ....

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A European compromise not worth making

At the meeting of the European Council on Thursday, the governments of Poland and Hungary lifted their veto of the EU’s seven-year Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the post-pandemic recovery package, known as New Generation ....

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A powerful conversation on standing against tyranny

Periods of expansive tyranny have a tendency to bring out the worst elements of societies, but also the best: heroic personages whose struggle against authoritarianism nourishes the fight for freedom around the world, and for ....

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To confront China, Pompeo has to think carefully about European outreach

After last month’s visit to the United Kingdom and Denmark, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Central Europe — specifically, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, and Poland — represents another attempt to align ....

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We need to talk about liberalism and foreign policy

Over at Wisdom of Crowds, the Brookings Institution’s Shadi Hamid puts his finger on the tension between promoting democracy and promoting liberalism in US foreign policy. Building up on his earlier case for ‘democratic minimalism,’ ....

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