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Europe, says goodbye to American tourists

The move will highlight the U.S.’s failed mistake to suppress the coronavirus pandemic: Graphs of nine confirmed cases of coronavirus from each side of the Atlantic were moving in the opposite direction. The openings in Europe could also have the same painful effect they did in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. But European states generally impose earlier, tighter blocks than in the United States, and the use of masks isn’t the polarizing problem here.

If it comes, the EU decision will be another personal embarkation for President Donald Trump for his blurred management of the pandemic. The president often explains to perceived slights. But since it’s too much to ignore the Covid-19 crisis in the United States, I might leave that writing. In addition, as the White House has already noted, European entry into the United States is already suspended.

No-shows by U.S. tourists will hurt the closed-end European tourism industry. Millions of dollars carry their dollars across the Atlantic each year, attracted by the continent’s history, cuisine and environment. Italy, France, Germany and Spain welcome the majority of Americans, according to EU data. But until the two-way flow between the Old and New Worlds is restored, the murmur of admiring visitors in Europe’s cathedrals and museums will fail as I certainly don’t know anything about the old American twang.

We look forward to next year, I hope.

‘Oh God, don’t make this call’

What has Trump learned about state ships after hundreds of “highly classified” phone calls and negotiations with foreign leaders? Not so much, second months of reporting for CNN by veteran Washington reporter Carl Bernstein, which his sources in government say there is little evidence that Trump has become more competent with the practice. Rather, officials say the president always refuses to read information before calling, personally pushing forts like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and insulting female leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “stupid” and weak.

Among the revelations: Erdogan’s timing for the calls was so perfect that some people wondered if he had access to Trump’s personal calendar. And Merkel’s Trump organization was “so unusual” that special measures had to be taken in Berlin to ensure that the specific contents of the calls were kept secret, according to a German official. No wonder the staff gritted their teeth when the president’s fingers were on the phone.

Spies who love the spotlight

For an intelligence service that is supposed to operate in the shadows, Russia’s GRU seems to attract a lot of headlines. The GRU – formally known as the Director General of General Staff – has been around for a long time accused of the West orchestrated brazen and profiling attacks, including the hacking of Democratic Party email accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the 2018 Nervous Agent attack in Salisbury, England.
Now the spy agency is again in the center of international attention, after reports that American intelligence concluded GRU operations offers money incentives to the Taliban to kill American and British troops in Afghanistan. But strangely, the alleged operation could potentially contrast with Russia’s own stated goal of bringing the warring parties to Afghanistan.
Russia has cultivated contacts with the Taliban and other warring parties in Afghanistan as a way to influence the results in a region that considers its strategic pact. “It has long been known that there have been Russian contacts with the Taliban and at least some fattening of the relationship with the benefits as a cover-up technique,” ​​says Laurel Miller, program director for Asia with the International Crisis Group.

However, he added, an operation to put money into U.S. troops would be highly more provocative and a “different thing” from their typical behavior. “It conflicts with what Russian official policy is,” he said. In other words, the alleged GRU operation aimed at U.S. and coalition troops could have hit: potentially undermining U.S. support for the withdrawal, or perhaps promoting fresh sanctions on Russia.

However, the agency has a reputation for brazenness – and has operated seemingly opportunistically or independently in official policy before. Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, indicates that the GRU is aggressively pursuing operations that cause the diplomatic fall.

Intelligence experts say the Salisbury poisoning – which led to the Bellingcat investigation ignoring alleged GRU operators through open-source research – demonstrated a pattern of recklessness and open brutality, rather than a covert approach. to spy. And that sent a message to the enemies of the GRU.

“This was a model we have seen several times in Ukraine,” Weiss said, referring to Russian intelligence activity there. “The Kremlin is not nearly a well-oiled car, but once and for all – and Putin – either denying the unfortunate Russian teachers or renting a security blanket over his security establishment – does little to improve Russia’s international image.” – Nathan Hodge of CNN writes to Meanwhile from London

Trump says he has never been informed about the alleged GRU reward scheme. Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper, House Democratic spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi replied, “If they had this intelligence, they should have informed the president. Why not? Because you know they make her very unhappy, and all the roads for her lead.” Putin “- a phrase that was used before Trump’s Ukraine and the Russian electoral interference scandals.

In fact, intelligence on the apparent plot had appeared in one of Trump’s first-diary diaries this year, a U.S. official with direct knowledge also told CNN on Monday – and that he was considered serious enough that National Security Council staff met to discuss “possible response options,” including sanctions. , if intelligence developed.

“If I could build a wall around us … I would.”

Trump isn’t the only American leader prone to building a wall. In view of a massive resurgence in coronavirus cases across the United States, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he will not care about a wall just for his region. “We lived through hell in this state to get to where we are,” he said, referring to New Jersey’s battle with Covid-19. “Frankly, I would never have thought to say those words, but if I could build a wall around us or around our region I would. But we can’t, therefore, need to trust in personal responsibility and behavior. right, common sense for the common good. ” Visitors out of state must now quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New Jersey.

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