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A rescued migrant in a Red Cross blanket after arriving in Spain. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty
The clock is ticking as German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to save her ruling coalition and stave off a political crisis in Europe by forging an immigration deal.
The bigger picture: Italy’s new populist government sent a chill around Europe last week by turning away a boat filled with hundreds of rescued migrants. Rome is demanding the rest of Europe share the burden, but several European leaders have staked their political fortunes on keeping migrants out. Germany again finds itself at the heart of this divide, and it’s unclear whether the center can hold.
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An official from the electoral commission hands me my completed ballot.
I was one of thousands of Americans who cast a ballot last Tuesday. Mine wasn't for a Senate primary, though — it was for president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The flags of Taiwan and China displayed on Muo Fan Street, the only street in Taiwan where the flags can be waved together. Photo: Alberto Buzzola/LightRocket via Getty Images
While the opening of a $255 million new home for Washington's de facto embassy in Taiwan last week angered Beijing, it was an outlier, Axios' Erica Pandey writes. President Xi Jinping's push to isolate the self-governing island is working.
The big picture: China is chipping away at Taipei's legitimacy on the international stage by pressuring companies and foreign countries to stop treating it as a sovereign nation — and Beijing has the economic leverage to pull it off.
Afghan Muslims at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday outside the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul. Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images
An all-too-brief Taliban ceasefire has ended in Afghanistan despite Kabul's request that it be extended, the Wilson Center's Michael Kugelman writes for Axios Expert Voices.
What's next: The insurgents are headed back to the battlefield. This is no surprise: As long the Taliban believes it's winning the war — and it very much does — it won't stop fighting on the government's terms.
However, the temporary truce has several silver linings for a nation badly in need of optimism:
Ivan Duque has vowed to "turn the page on the politics of polarization, insults and venom" after being elected president of Colombia yesterday. He has also promised changes to the landmark 2016 peace deal signed by the government and the FARC rebel group, leading to concerns that the uneasy peace could break down.
American University's Michael McCarthy writes:
Fans in Brighton, England, react to a near miss. England ultimately won on a late goal. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty
Tomorrow's games (Eastern time): Colombia vs. Japan (8am), Poland vs. Senegal (11am), Russia vs. Egypt (2pm).
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
“The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable."— Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights, on separations of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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