Perspective: Can Politico Europe Find “Hot” News in Brussels? (4/27)

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For a reporter, generating exclusive news or “hot” stories in Brussels can be quite a challenge. It is relatively easy to share a drink at the bar with a EU bigwig, to have chicken and pommes frites even with a EU commissioner in one of the restaurants at the Place du Luxembourg or to get invited into one of the many background circles where the latest inside stories are traded. Compared to Washington where access to hardcore news is more limited to established channels, Brussels is an open book.

This is nice for journalists freshly descending upon Brussels because they are in the loop relatively quickly. But it’s bad for those who want to do nothing less than shake up the whole place.


Greek Finance Minister Comes to Washington (04/17)

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It may have been a first for Washington, a visiting Greek cabinet minister filling two large onference rooms at a Washington think tank. But the appearance of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was a widely anticipated event at the Brookings Institution, especially coming back to back with his principal interlocutor and sometimes adversary in debt and Euro negotiations, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble.

The immediate consensus among policy wonks in the audience was that neither minister offered many specifics in the talks that face a series of deadlines between now and June to determine if Greece can avoid debt default and remain in the Euro currency zone.


Battle of Gallipoli — 100 Years Later (04/14)

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By Michael D. Mosettig, former PBS News Hour Foreign Editor and Adjunct at SAIS

From thousands of miles they came, the Australian miners and sheepherders, the New Zealand shop assistants and carpenters, to a Turkish peninsula, then barely known to them, but that would become their defining national myth--Gallipoli. And now, a hundred years on from the April 25, 1915, pre-dawn amphibious landing, Australians and New Zealanders from the Antipodes, across Asia, to Turkey and Europe and to 13 U.S. cities will observe an anniversary wrapped in solemnity and intense emotion.