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  The contrast between President Donald Trump’s meetings in Warsaw and his encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg could not be starker. The first was a reunion with one of America’s closest allies that supports US leadership to keep Europe secure. The second was a session with America’s primary adversary whose aims are to undercut US links with Europe and open up the continent to predominant Russian influence.   Both the US and Polish administrations stood to benefit from Trump’s visit to Poland before the President headed to Germany for the G20 Summit. For the White House, it demonstrated and clarified US commitments to the NATO alliance and to its article 5 guarantees of common defense in the event of attack.   Trump’s speech in Warsaw and his meeting with several Central

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About Janusz Bugajski

Janusz Bugajski is a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DC and author of 20 books on Europe, Russia, and trans-Atlantic relations. His newest book is co-authored with Margarita Assenova and entitled Eurasian Disunion: Russia’s Vulnerable Flanks (Washington DC: Jamestown Foundation, 2016)
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The article first published in americanthinker.com on 07/14/2017.   The Hamburg G-20 is over and the fascist thugs who provided its violent backdrop can now take a well-deserved rest. Not so their numerous sympathizers on the Left who must spin the post-confab narrative in the proper direction.   Two such narratives have emerged to date: That President Trump and America are no longer relevant, and the Paris Accord is irreversible. The former is the purview of Trump-haters in the media who nine months ago signed up for wishful thinking as their preferred reality and will never abandon it. The latter is the domain of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her elite cohorts whose entire world threatens to collapse if global warming is not there to prop it up. The reason for that is simple. The European

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The article first published in americanthinker.com on 07/06/2017.   Next week’s G-20 meeting in Hamburg promises to be more interesting than usual. The expected unhinged leftist crowds are already much in evidence and could be counted on for a dose of violence and turmoil. More seriously, this time the fireworks are more likely to come from inside the conference rooms than outside. In preparation for the event, the German chancellor Angela Merkel has already accused Trump of “Abshottung” (door closure or foreclosure) and promised to challenge him directly on a number of issues. Whether she already feels like the leader of the free world (as many pundits are trying to convince her that she actually is), or not is unclear, but she obviously has Trump in mind when she argues that “abshottung” from “climate