Theodoros Papadopoulos

Controversial EU Nomination Recalls Broader Consultancy Scandals

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Ursula von der Leyen’s past links with major consultancies has some questioning her appointment as EU Commission president.

10 Years on, Tymoshenko’s Ill-fated Deal Still Haunts Ukraine’s “Gas Princess”

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Even a decade later, a woeful gas deal with the Russians still looms over the campaign of presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko.

Trump’s Self-Serving Foreign Policy

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Trump’s policy of personal vendettas is harming allies and damaging US credibility

Sanctions Backlash Threatens to Upend US Dollar Dominance

Trump at a 2018 G20 meeting, CC White House Flickr, modified, public domain

One of the enduring legacies of the Trump presidency might be how allies and enemies alike came together to dismantle the US monopoly on global financial transactions.

Bulgaria’s Soviet Jets: Trojan Horses in a NATO Air Force?

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With Bulgaria clearly of two minds on its alignment and Moscow willing to be generous, the US should strongly consider loosening its purse strings.

Did “Putin’s World Cup” Pack a Geopolitical Punch?

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Russia’s World Cup dividend is set to be short-lived. The same might not be true for Qatar in 2022.

Trump’s Trade Policy Is an Own Goal for American Consumers

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, in an aircraft hangar at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

President Trump underestimated the resolve of EU policymakers, and consumers worldwide are about to pay for it.

Theresa May’s Gamble with the ECJ

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Brexit negotiations are now touching upon fundamental security questions to which Theresa May’s government has no real answers.

Another Border Dispute Refuses to Die in the Western Balkans

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Slovenia and Croatia’s border spat over the Bay of Piran doesn’t bode well for EU-directed conflict resolution in the Balkans.

Is the EU Finally Getting Tough on Smoking?

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New regulations targeting Big Tobacco are being rolled out throughout Europe.

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