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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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Congress shouldn’t make foreign policy

Why Congress Shouldn't Make Foreign Policy — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently sneered at U.S. lawmakers' move to impose new economic sanctions on his country, saying that "80 percent of them have never left the USA." It was a cheap shot and probably inaccurate, but he has a broader point. The U.S.

Cool War - QuickTake - Bloomberg — On Christmas Day 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the last leader of the Soviet Union, ending 44 years of ideological conflict, nuclear brinksmanship and military combat-by-proxy with the U.S. Forever. Or so it seemed. Now, Russia sponsors rebels fighting a Ukrainian government backed by the U.S. and European Union.

CIA Tortured U.S. Soft Power — The map of 54 countries that colluded with the U.S. in the policy of torture that was so grimly detailed in yesterday's Senate report is impressive in more ways than one. It's hard to imagine any nation other than the United States persuading so many allies and dependents to take part in a program they must have known would one day blow up in their faces.

Don't Go Soft on Russia — Russia under President Vladimir Putin doesn't rely much on soft power to get its way abroad, in the same way it doesn't do much liberal democracy at home. It does, however, do manipulation, and Europe is only just waking up to how much and how well.

Welcome to the U.K., Sort Of — U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron made a good speech on immigration this morning, but it was too late and relied on a fundamental misunderstanding of how Europe works. The speech was good because Cameron tried to make the case for keeping the U.K.

Reuters: Putin's allies channelled billions to oligarch who backed pro-Russian president of Ukraine — Ukraine's tycoon Dmytro Firtash.© AFP MOSCOW/KYIV - In Russia, powerful friends helped him make a fortune. In the United States, officials want him extradited and put behind bars. In Austria, where he is currently free on bail of $155 million, authorities have yet to decide what to do with him.

A Peace Plan for Putin — Here's a paradox: Russia could serve its own interests by encouraging some of the territories that it has helped break away from neighboring countries to reintegrate with them. This has become increasingly clear to me after visiting Moldova, which will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Russia's Project Moldova — Is Renato Usatii a Russian plot? The 36-year-old Moldovan, who made enough money in Russia to need a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, came home in April to set up a political party, and has been running a glittering campaign for the parliamentary vote this coming Sunday.

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.
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Dec 18, 2014

#Putinpresser says Georgia's situation like eastern Ukraine -- Georgian's need to talk to Abkhaz and S. Ossetians. "We don't provoke anyone"

Dec 18, 2014

#Putinpresser gleeful that Georgia's ex-prez Saakashvili being prosecuted, but quick to add "nothing to do with us"!

Dec 18, 2014

#Putinpresser suggests #Turkey and Russia emulate post-war France and Germany in cooperation, Erdogan a fellow "tough guy".

Dec 18, 2014

It's your civic duty to see Seth Rogen's "The Interview" (even tho its a rubbish film)

Dec 18, 2014

Putin: "What is the Russian elite? These are hardworking people they are peasants, people who carried the entire country on their shoulders"

Dec 18, 2014

RT @maxseddon: Putin: "Life is more complicated than the law and the constitution." You can say that again!

Dec 18, 2014

7) And the usual: Ukraine invaded itself, we took Crimea in self defense, everyone's out to get us, and don't mess with bears in Taiga

Dec 18, 2014

...4) no capital controls; 5) central bank was a little late with rate hike, but hey; 6) I had word with Gazprom etc, about releasing FX

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