Donald Trump is to hold meetings with Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Paris as world leaders arrive in western Europe for ceremonies to mark 100 years since the end of the first world war.
The mood of Trump’s two bilateral meetings, with the Russian and Turkish presidents, will be coloured by the outcome of the US midterm elections on Tuesday, and a decision, the same day, on whether to slap further US economic sanctions on Russia for using chemical weapons on British soil.
US - Sanctions - Atmosphere - Meeting - Tension
The US Congress-mandated sanctions could be draconian and darken the atmosphere of a meeting that is already likely to create tension over the US decision to withdraw from the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty.
By contrast, Emmanuel Macron, the French president and host for the armistice ceremonies in Paris on 11 November, hopes to use the emotion of the occasion to warn that a nationalist resurgence led by authoritarian leaders – an outcome of the flawed ending of the first world war – will threaten liberal democracies and the institutions of multilateralism, the chief outcome of the second world war.
Macron - Fear - Akin - Europe - Remarks
Macron has already expressed his fear that an atmosphere akin to the 1920s is now gripping Europe; his remarks were soon followed by a poll showing his En Marche! party trailing Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party.
The French president has emphasised his call for cooperation by inviting the outgoing German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to make the opening speech at the three-day Paris peace conference designed to showcase the practical and ideological importance of multilateralism, a theme he intends to put at the centre of next year’s European elections.
Elysée - Dignitaries - States - World - War
The Elysée says that more than 100 foreign dignitaries representing states that fought in the first world war are due to attend the armistice ceremonies which will, on the instruction of Macron, be...
Wake Up To Breaking News!
Goverment, no matter how big, is always a big problem.