European Union

Turkey's Democracy In Flux

May 28, 2014

Steve Scher talks to  Dr. Kemal Kirişci, a Turkish political scholar  at the Brookings Institute, about what is next for our NATO ally. Turkey’s leaders are restricting speech, political activities and religious freedoms. 

Aviation Consultant: WTO Trade Rules Are 'Toothless'

May 20, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with Scott Hamilton, an aviation consultant from the Leeham company, about the European Union's potential challenge to Boeing's tax breaks and what that says about trade rules and international business.

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

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Marcie Sillman discusses the political unrest in Ukraine with Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Steven Pifer, former ambassador to Ukraine and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the recent political demonstrations in Ukraine.

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Reports that the United States has been spying on our European allies has caused outrage in the region. According to documents leaked to The Guardian by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, the NSA has monitored the phone conversations of up to 35 world leaders.

The European Union held a council meeting yesterday and today in Brussels. The original purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economy and job growth, but that was quickly overshadowed by talk of security and trust. Allies spying on allies is nothing new, so why the anger about the revelations? Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains why this time is different and what the diplomatic fallout will be for the United States.