EA October 2015

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Recent Elections in Europe Reflect Reaction to Current Issues

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BrianBeary.new1All politics is local, or so goes the adage of former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Elections in Europe this past month are testament to this wisdom, in part. But other forces are also at play. Europe’s refugee crisis and the EU’s chronic economic and monetary challenges were prominent in voters’ minds when casting ballots in Austria, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland.

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“Disciples” by Douglas Waller; Simon & Schuster; 2015; 566 pages

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BarrettAllen W. Dulles, grandson of one Secretary of State and nephew of another, was a worldly WASP who knew that America could not avoid World War II. He had served as a diplomat during the previous war, continued to advise the State Department while making big bucks as an international lawyer, and lived large as a serial philanderer.

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Germany: Saving Refugees Carries Huge Political Price

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What long has been completely unthinkable has now become part of the German foreign policy mix. Asking wannabe Tsar Vladimir Putin to not fuel the refugee crisis? Making nice with authoritarian Recep Tayyip Erdogan to get him to accept more refugees? Even negotiating with dictator Bashar al-Assad to stem the flood? Germany’s leaders are facing reality – and throwing overboard long held convictions. The influx of refugees is driving politics in the chancellery and at the Foreign Office at Werderscher Markt. Only a few month ago it was the other way around. Then there were clear strategic guidelines defining the way to go, even a number of red lines that in no circumstances were to overstep. Not anymore. Why? Because this tide has the potential to topple a government.

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