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Turkey’s currency plunged to new depths today amid a standoff that has Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing the U.S. of sabotaging an ally.
Why it matters: Turkey was already bracing for economic turbulence, but President Trump’s decision to apply sanctions over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson has accelerated the crisis, and provided Erdogan with a scapegoat. The dispute could also exacerbate another trend: Turkey’s drift away from the West.
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A Turkey-U.S. split is “not the intention of either side,” says Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, director of the German Marshall Fund’s Ankara office, “but events could lead Turkey there,” particularly because Trump and Erdogan both “seem to care more about their own political power” than their alliances.
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Netanyahu. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi held a secret summit in Egypt in May, Axios contributor Barak Ravid reports, citing U.S. officials.
Netanyahu was far less clandestine in responding to reports Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, attended a ceremony honoring Palestinian terrorists.
Kirchner leaves court today. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images
Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner testified in court yesterday in relation to the biggest corruption scandal uncovered in years in her country, which could land her in prison. Martin Aguirre of Uruguay's El Pais newspaper unravels the epic tale in an email from Montevideo:
Kirchner is accused of leading a criminal enterprise to steal hundreds of millions from public infrastructure contracts, the latest big name in Latin American politics to be implicated in a kickback scandal.
Five Star leader Luigi di Maio. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images
Italy's populist government pushed a bill through the upper house last week that would end mandatory vaccinations for children entering pre-school. The law was passed during a measles outbreak last year.
Why it matters: The vote could be contagious. The anti-establishment wave in Europe and the U.S., plus the ability of social media to spread any opinion, have put new impetus behind the opposition to mandatory inoculation, Axios' Eileen O'Reilly writes.
But while ignoring the consensus of experts may be part of the emerging populist playbook, Five Star is facing a more traditional political hurdle: keeping its promises.
Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, will host a bitter presidential rematch next year, as President Joko Widodo (known as Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto, a retired general, have both registered for the April vote.
Indonesia is recovering from an earthquake last Monday that killed at least 436 people
An examination for admission into the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr, France. Photo by Neurdein from L'Illustration, June 1908
100% of French schoolchildren are learning a foreign language. That's also the case in Austria and Norway. Poland and Spain aren't far behind.
Another global educational disparity is examined in this week's Economist: the length of summer breaks...
A mussel farm on Sea of Marmara in Balikesir, Turkey. Photo: Tahsin Ceylan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
“Shame on you, shame on you. You are swapping your strategic partner in NATO for a pastor.”— Erdogan, speaking at a rally
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