Statesmen kissing for peace

US President Trump’s newly intimate mode of welcoming foreign politicians has become a cause for concern in some quarters. In Washington, leading Democrats have accused Trump of giving French President Macron a Russian “fraternal kiss”, a traditional form of greeting among the statesmen of Communist countries.

Such kisses, critics contend, should be taken as further evidence of Trump’s close ties to Moscow

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Storch shoots and scores

The second in command of Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party, Beatrix Amelie Ehrengard Eilika von Storch, Duchess of Oldenburg, accidentally shot a tax dodger yesterday. She is inconsolable. Yet the damage has been done. Her boss, Frauke Petry, was the victim’s girlfriend. Continue reading