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Editorial Board Member — Bloomberg View
Covers:  economy, politics, middle east, europe, foreign policy

Marc Champion is an editorial board member at Bloomberg View ( former Wall Street Journal in Istanbul, Brussels, UK and ex-Editor in Chief of The Moscow Times)

Marc Champion's Biography

I'm a member of the editorial board at Bloomberg View, which I joined in early 2012. Before that I was at the Wall Street Journal for 12 years, in London covering European politics, diplomacy and security; then in Brussels as deputy bureau chief for the Brussels and Germany bureaus, editing the reporters and writing about Eastern Europe; and then as bureau chief in Istanbul in 2011/12. Before joining ...

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U.S. Weapons Aren't Smart for Ukraine — Recently, I wrote from Mariupol, Ukraine, that it would be a mistake for President Vladimir Putin to attack this once Russia-friendly city. The U.S. may soon commit a similar error, if it makes a show of arming Ukraine. Some very smart and informed people, from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Steven Pifer, have argued cogently for doing so.

Putin's Big Mistake — Is Russian President Vladimir Putin losing Ukraine by stoking a war to keep it? As a new military campaign appears to be getting under way in eastern Ukraine, that's an important question. To answer it, Putin could do worse than to stop by for tea at the Makarov household in Mariupol, the region's main port and industrial center -- now threatened with attack.

British migration debate is used to push an EU exit — Two friendly European Union leaders told British Prime Minister David Cameron this week they'll oppose him if he tries to chip away at the free movement of people within the EU, even if that means Britain leaving the bloc. They're right to push back.

U.K. Immigration Debate Is Brexit Bait — Two friendly European Union leaders told U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron this week they'll oppose him if he tries to chip away at the free movement of people within the EU, even if that means Britain leaving the bloc. They're right to push back.

Turkey Joins the Big Palace Club — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should go down in history as "the Builder" -- though that won't necessarily be a compliment. Erdogan loves construction projects -- from a planned airport that would be the biggest in Europe, to a shipping canal to rival Panama's.

Is Ukraine's Crisis the West's Fault? — Who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine: Russia or the U.S. and Europe? A lively debate on the question resurfaced lately, but it has a vital flaw in that it fails to consider the roles of the countries caught in between.

Why Russia Is Buzzing NATO — In a single 24-hour period this week, Russia dispatched 19 combat aircraft -- including "Bear" strategic bombers -- to probe North Atlantic Treaty Organization air defenses. It also test-launched a ballistic missile in the Barents Sea, north of Sweden, that hit a target in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East.

Lies, Damned Lies and Immigration — Three articles in the U.K. press caught my eye today. All had to do with immigration, which has become the top concern for voters before a general election next year and will be a deciding consideration in the promised 2017 referendum on whether the U.K. should leave the European Union.

Putin Says Don't Mess With Mother Russia — If President Vladimir Putin is Russia, as a senior Kremlin official said this week, then this country is angry, humiliated and suffering from an almost paranoid fixation on the U.S. as the root of all the world's troubles.

Redrawing the World at Putin's Annual Gabfest — The first time I attended a conference of the Russian Valdai Club, it was a 10-day marathon in 2009, including three days on a Siberian riverboat where the vodka was free and the water wasn't. The result was long, earnest discussions with Russian think tankers on how to reboot relations with the rest of the world after the war in Georgia.
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Nov 23, 2014

Russia's Igor Strelkov says: I started war in #Ukraine, because #Ukrainians didn't want to fight. Monstrous.

Nov 23, 2014

2. re: @IvanKrastev @Markhleonard ... Problem isn't getting EU to let #Ukraine etc choose Eurasian Union, but #Russia to let it choose EU

Nov 23, 2014

V clever piece from @IvanKratev and @MarkhLeonard on EU & #Russia, but wishful thinking at the end ....More...

Nov 21, 2014

RT @drzeleny: “@peterbakernyt: Pentagon delivers the first 3 of 20 lightweight counter-mortar radar systems to Ukrainian military.…

Nov 21, 2014

Why a sovereign debt writedown for #Greece should be back on the menu - editorial - via @BV

Nov 20, 2014

RT @UKinUkraine: #Putin still denying #Russia’s troops & hardware are in #Ukraine. Here’s a guide to help the #Kremlin spot its tanks: http…

Nov 20, 2014

This line of trucks waiting to unload wheat at #Odessa port in #Ukraine is kilometers long. 10 mins, still driving...

Nov 20, 2014

When tank commanders dream at night it looks like this, 'land corridor' from #Russia to #Crimea, flat and treeless.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @julianborger: Gary Sick on why extending the #IranTalksVienna could lead to uncontrolled escalation, losing gans of past year…

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