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Roger Cohen



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The unlikely road to war

Neighbouring countries have gained their independence and dignity after Soviet occupation. Why, he asks, should Ukraine not be able to do the same? ...

The quest to belong...

Isaac Michel, and his decision to leave northern Lithuania and head south from Russian pogroms toward the sun, the ostrich feathers, the gold and the promise of South Africa....

A dangerous interregnum in international order

When an exhausted Britain in imperial decline passed the mantle of global power to the US, it was a relatively seamless transition. Today America's travails inspire 'schadenfreude' but nobody wants the keys to the kingdom...

France ill at ease with US policy shift in M-E

The overall feeling in France observing US actions in the Middle East is of a troubling uncertainty, a retreat that tends to leave a vacuum, a new American determination to work with a 'light footprint' that can give the impression of disinterest...

Merkel the great!

Merkel has been a great consolidator. That is why she is loved in a nation weary of self-questioning. Sell cars, balance the books, stay competitive, avoid surprises and live happily ever after. This Germany does not indulge in experiments. It is stable and rich, with its 5.3 per cent unemployment r...

Britain is plagued by its Brussels syndrome

The basic tenet of The Daily Mail is that Britain is not what it was (true enough, it isn't) and that it would go a long way toward recovering its gritty greatness without wind farms, safety obsessions, green lunacy, overregulation and — above all — the European Union with its meddling bureaucrats....

How ready is Obama for the German storm?

Germany is normally a welcoming place for American leaders. But President Barack Obama will walk into a German storm soon provoked by revelations about the Prism and Boundless Informant (who comes up with these names?) surveillance programmes of the US National Security Agency....

The evil banker syndrome

I was talking the other day to a US banker who works in the City for a British bank. He was complaining about a decision-making process that was cumbersome by American standards. But his main issue was a feeling that bankers in Europe are seen as the enemy — overpaid profiteers. It was a relief to g...

US foreign policy shows emasculation of the nation

IT is not going too far to say that American foreign policy has become completely subservient to tactical domestic political considerations.”...

Mursi's mistakes are worse than crime

Egypt has travelled a long way: US-trained generals have saluted a freely elected Brotherhood president and a proud nation has emerged from a crippling political deep freeze. But the achievements are fragile...

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