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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses the media after a cabinet's meeting after a extraordinary plenary session where the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution was approved, at La Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 27, 2017. EPA-EFE/Juanjo Martin
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Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Friday he would dismantle the government of Catalonia and convened new regional elections, just hours after Catalan Parliament declared independence.

Spanish Government Ultimatum to Catalonia: 5 days to clarify if Independence Declared or Not

 10/12/2017 - 02:45
El primer ministro español, Mariano Rajoy, se dirige a la prensa para hablar del conflicto catalán, el día11 de octubre, 2017. Foto: EPA-EFE/Ángel Díaz

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, had sown “deliberate confusion” in his latest speech and gave him until Monday morning to respond. Pending that reply, Rajoy said he was initiating a request to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which would allow Madrid to suspend the region’s administration.

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OP-ED]: Trump is hurting America’s friends abroad

 05/10/2017 - 09:26
t is now quite possible -- in fact, likely -- that the next president of Mexico will be an anti-American socialist-populist similar to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was polling around 10 percent at the start of 2015. He is now around 30 percent, the front-runner among the potential candidates for next year’s election. File

There has been much focus on Donald Trump’s erratic foreign policy -- the outlandish positions, the many flip-flops, the mistakes. But far more damaging in the long run might be what some have termed the Trump effect -- the impact of Trump on the domestic politics of other countries. That effect appears to be powerful, negative and enduring. It could undermine decades of American foreign policy successes.

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Fareed Zakaria

Face to Face: French Voters Choose Centrist and Far-Right Candidates for Presidency

 04/24/2017 - 02:17
French presidential election candidate for the 'En Marche!' (Onwards!) political movement, Emmanuel Macron celebrates after the first round of the French presidential elections in Paris, France, 23 April 2017. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Emmanuel Macron (Center) and Marine Le Pen (far right) advanced to the runoff in France’s presidential elections on May 7. After the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the US vote for the political novice Donald Trump as president, the French presidential race is the latest election to shake up establishment politics by kicking out the figures that stood for the status quo. 

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[OP-ED]: The Return of the center

 02/28/2017 - 15:33

Polls indicate that the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, is leading the field of candidates in the first round with about 25 percent of the vote. But in the second round, which pits only the two front-runners against one another, Macron is projected to beat her handily. EFE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By now it is settled wisdom that we are witnessing the rise of radical forces on the left and right around the globe. Populists of both varieties, who share a disdain for globalization, are energized, and certain that the future is going their way. But the center is rising again, even in the heart of the old world.

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Fareed Zakaria

[OP-ED]: Stephen Bannon’s Ideas -- and His Very Different Actions

 02/14/2017 - 14:50
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks (L) and Senior Counselor to the President and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon walk down the West Wing Colonnade following a bilateral meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in Washington, DC, USA. EFE

Perhaps it’s just me, but a few weeks into the Trump presidency, between the tweets, executive orders, attacks and counterattacks, I feel dizzy. So I’ve decided to take a break from the daily barrage and try to find the signal amid the noise: What is the underlying philosophy of this administration?

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Fareed Zakaria

[OP-ED]: Patriotism on steroids: Trump’s isolationism

 01/24/2017 - 15:04
US President Donald Trump during the signing of two executive orders to revive controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects during a White House event in Washington, United States. Trump said the construction of these two projects, planned for years but paralyzed by the Obama administration, will be subject to "terms and conditions" that his cabinet will "negotiate" with the companies in charge of building them. EFE

The question that swirls around Donald Trump’s inaugural address is whether his aggressively pronounced policy of America First will actually result in America Last -- not literally last, but declining in power and prestige because the United States no longer views its role in the world as promoting economic and geopolitical stability for our allies.

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Robert J. Samuelson