The US may not want to play ball but many other countries are ready to do so
Shada Islam
There's nothing like a trade war, or even the possibility of one, to get the juices flowing: tit for tat tariffs, restrictions on imports and tough talk of retaliation and sanctions. All those shrill headlines and endless to and fro of tantalising tweets. What more could a red-blooded leader ask for? US President Donald Trump may believe that “trade wars are good and easy to win” but his plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports have triggered strong fears of a bruising global trade war.
Because Kremlin sees economic and political reform as inherently risky, it bets on nationalism, patriotism and paranoia as motivating forces
Ian Bond
Russian presidential 'elections' lack any element of suspense. By preventing the only credible opposition candidate, Alexei Navalny, from standing, Vladimir Putin won a fourth term with more than 75% of the votes cast, 11% higher than in the 2012 election. Turnout was also higher than last time, thanks at least in part to blatant ballot stuffing.
Antonio Tajani, Jean-Claude Juncker, Boyko Borissov
Twenty-five years ago, our Single Market was created, and across the EU many barriers were lifted. People embraced new freedoms and opportunities, and today Europeans travel freely, study, work, live and fall in love across borders. European citizens can buy what they want, where they want, and benefit from greater choice and lower prices.
Russian foreign policy in lull
Kadri Liik
This was a strange Russian election, even by that very odd standard. It marked less the end of a competition for office than the start of post-election struggles. Now the process of shaping the post-Putin era will start in earnest. So, what does the start of the new struggle for post-Putin Russia mean for Russia's foreign policy?