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Americans are more worried about the rupturing of international alliances and agreements than they are about being pushed around by other countries, according to a new Axios/Survey Monkey poll.
Why it matters: President Trump claims his combative foreign policy — tariffs and threats for allies and adversaries alike — is necessary to correct for years of being "ripped off" on the world stage. Trump's base tends to see things his way, but a majority of Americans (56%) are more worried about damage being done to alliances and agreements.
More from the poll...
So what do the allies think?
Counterpoint: Most allied leaders, at least publicly, tend to take the longer view. Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau et al. say they'll continue to work with the U.S., push back when necessary, and hope sunnier skies lie ahead.
Andrew Brunson (R) escorted by plainclothes police to his home, where he remains under house arrest. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Speaking of shaky alliances... The White House has rejected Turkey's attempt to link a U.S. investigation into Halkbank, a state-owned Turkish bank accused of helping Iran skirt sanctions, with the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, the Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender reports, citing a senior White House official.
Here's my understanding of how this has played out...
"They made a bet on the old rules with the new guy."— Aaron Stein of the Atlantic Council
What to watch...
Putin dances with Austria's Foreign Minister, Karin Kneissl, at her wedding. Photo: Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images
Several European countries have been sliding into Russia's orbit in recent years. In the case of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, it was more of a waltz.
It's also not just Austria: "In Greece, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Austria, anti-establishment parties with positions on either the far left or far right have taken hold of governments, either in whole or in part. Many are closely linked to Russia, and some have ties to extremist groups that have been associated with violence."
Putin's trip didn't stop there. He paid German Chancellor Angela Merkel a visit and, per Reuters, they "discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire during tough talks that ended with no clearcut progress."
A report from the Czech-based European Values think tank evaluates all 28 European Union countries based on their governments' attitudes, policies, and strategic responses to the Russian threat, following the Kremlin's recent influence operations throughout the West.
Venezuelan refugees in Pacaraima, Brazil. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered one of the biggest currency devaluations in history over the weekend, taking the bolivar's official exchange rate from about 285,000 per dollar to 6 million.
Meanwhile, the exodus caused by Venezuela's crisis continues, leading to flare-ups in neighboring countries.
Go deeper: The new global migrant crisis is in the Americas.
Aquarius pull into port in Valencia. Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images
The bottom line: The search for an EU-wide burden-sharing solution continues. It’s both a moral dilemma and a serious political problem.
A chapel inside St. Macarius' monastery. Photo: DeAgostini/Getty Images
Two Coptic Christian monks have been arrested and charged with murdering their bishop inside a 4th century monastery in the Egyptian desert. Check out these opening paragraphs from the NYT's Declan Walsh...
The fallout: The case has gripped the Egyptian public, and shocked Egypt's 10 million Copts, Walsh writes. The church is already rolling out new policies on admissions to the monasteries. Motives that have been floated include a theological dispute — the bishop who was killed was known as a reformer — or a personal vendetta.
Children play on a ship that wrecked in Tuvalu. Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Lumix
"Today’s real borders are not between nations, but between powerful and powerless, free and fettered, privileged and humiliated. Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another."— Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, in his 2010 Nobel lecture. He died Saturday at 80.
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