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    ...The missile test comes a week after Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, and a day before Thursday’s start of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Sochi. That latter session will feature not just the host, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, but also other key players with a stake in the Korea standoff including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. The missile reached some 4,500 km high and landed around 1,000 km from the west coast of Japan. ...

    TOI on Nov. 30, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...), won a stunning victory in Sunday’s legislative elections. With this latest big boost, the youngest president in the six decade-long Fifth Republic has transformed the country’s political landscape in a matter of weeks and has potential to become one of the country’s most successful ever political leaders. Yet, his ultimate success in coming years is still by no means guaranteed. This is not least because new legislators representing En Marche!, whose average age is early to mid-40s compared to the 60-70 of the outgoing lawmakers in the lower chamber, are drawn from a broad spectrum of political views and the cohesiveness of the bloc is uncertain. France’s political mood remains volatile and one indicator of remaining voter unease is the exceptionally low turnout in the legislative elections estimated at 43%. Although the electorate has decided to favour hope over anger in this ballot, the tide could still turn against Macron if he fails to address widespread anti-establishment discontent fuelled by economic pain which has seen the country suffer years of double digit unemployment but also low growth. ...

    TOI on June 20, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Advance polls offer a confused picture on the state of play with some indicating that the race may be neck and neck, while others point to a single digit or low double digit Conservative lead. With a range of potential outcomes now possible much will depend on turnout, especially amongst younger voters who tend to support Labour in larger numbers. Part of the reason why Conservatives have lost ground during the campaign is perceptions of the performance of the party leader and Prime Minister Theresa May. According to Ipsos Mori, her approval rating has fallen off a cliff to just over 40%. This is now around the same level as Corbyn whose own ratings have improved significantly in the last few weeks. May had made her self-ascribed “strong and stable” leadership a central element of the campaign. ...

    TOI on June 8, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Signs of rising tensions include Moscow’s suspension of an agreement with Washington to share communications about US and Russian aircraft conducting missions over Syria. Moreover, the Admiral Grigorovich frigate warship has been dispatched from Crimea to the Syrian port of Tartus. The unexpected turn of events last week saw US missile strikes targeted at the Shayrat air base following an earlier poison gas attack on citizens in a rebel-held town allegedly committed by the Damascus regime which killed at least 80 people, including around two dozen children. Russia – highly implausibly given the nature of the chemicals involved – asserts that they were released inadvertently when Syrian planes struck a terrorist laboratory. ...

    TOI on April 11, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Polls this month have tightened with some showing Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) now having a narrow advantage. However, concern remains that the populist Freedom Party, led by the so-called “Dutch Trump” Geert Wilders, could emerge – for the first time – as the largest single party. Wilders, who was convicted last year of incitement to discrimination, advocates an array of controversial positions including “de-Islamising Europe” that have ostracised him from mainstream politicians in the country. ...

    TOI on March 14, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...While the speech has been warmly welcomed by Brexiteers, it will divide the nation given that 48% of the population last year voted to remain in EU, let alone others in the 52% who wanted a ‘softer Brexit’, rather than the more abrupt departure being advocated. May made clear that the UK remains a European country, and that it’s in the nation’s best interest that EU succeeds in the future. She advocated development of a “new positive, constructive partnership” based on 12 key principles for a “smooth and orderly Brexit” which she believes will allow the nation to play a bigger global role in the future beyond Europe. Amongst the key principles she advocated was developing a “stronger [UK] economy and fairer society” which she asserted necessitated stronger immigration controls. ...

    TOI on Jan. 19, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...However, showing that there are limits to the apparently growing populist mood across much of the world, Sunday’s presidential election in Austria saw the convincing defeat of Norbert Hofer. The Freedom Party leader, who would have become Europe’s first far-right head of state since 1945, was convincingly beaten. Nonetheless, most eyes are now on Italy and the ramifications of that referendum, in the Eurozone’s third largest economy, could be both economic and political. Politically the vote could have contagion beyond Italy, potentially whipping up fresh turmoil across Europe, especially in the context of important elections in countries from the Netherlands in March, France in April and May, and Germany in September. Financial markets are assessing the economic ramifications of the vote too. ...

    TOI on Dec. 6, 2016, 2 a.m.

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    ...Now, however, the final days of the campaign could be reshaped by the FBI’s October surprise which is a political gift to Trump who has, self-interestedly, described the email scandal as “worse than Watergate”. October surprises are key developments that sometimes occur in the final lap of the election with capacity to significantly recalibrate the race. One early example came in 1968 when then-President Lyndon Johnson stopped bombing in Vietnam on Halloween. The move was widely interpreted as an effort to bolster support from Democratic Party voters for Vice President Hubert Humphrey who was facing a very tough election contest against Republican Richard Nixon. While Nixon ultimately won, the election result was closer than predicted. However, October surprises can help the party of the challenger too. ...

    TOI on Nov. 1, 2016, 2 a.m.