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7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU

"Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence...Here are seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe..."

US To Restrict Russian Military Flights Over American Territory

The US is preparing to announce restrictions to Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies in the latest sign of strain in U.S.-Russia relations: "Open Skies is part of a gradual breakdown in relations."

Frontrunning: August 25

  • Trump to push for tax reform passage by year’s end, says Cohn (FT)
  • Bond Routs, Stock Surges: Jackson Hole Can Be Messy for Markets (BBG)
  • Hurricane Harvey intensifies (Reuters)
  • GOP Plan to Kill Estate Tax Sets Up Conflict Over Charitable Giving (BBG)
  • ECB Is Set to Buy More Bonds (WSJ)

5 Maps That Show China's Biggest Limitations

East Asia is the world’s most dynamic economic region. Strong countries surround bodies of water over which there is competition. These are some of the world’s most important sea lanes. Japan and China (in that order) are the region’s two most significant powers. But, the most powerful country in the Pacific, the US, is far away. Its Navy patrols and keeps freedom of movement across the Pacific. At the center of this power struggle is China. China’s struggle against its domestic and geographic constraints is the key to understanding the future of this region.