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January 26, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
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July 18, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BRUSSELS - The terrorist who decimated a holiday crowd in Nice on Bastille Day was the latest incarnation of the nightmare confronting police in Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Denmark, Orlando, and elsewhere. How do you prevent a lone wolf from wreaking havoc on a community when the police have no previous indication of his terrorist leanings? A team of security experts from Rutgers University, working with community leaders and police in Molenbeek, Brussels, thinks it has come up with an answer.
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July 18, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
INSIDE Antiterror ideas from Rutgers get a tryout in Belgium. Trudy Rubin, C1.
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July 16, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
PARIS - When it comes to Western political leaders, we have definitely arrived at The Time of the Woman. Hillary Clinton is the first serious female candidate for U.S. president, Theresa May just took over as British prime minister, and Germany's Angela Merkel remains the most powerful European politician. Moreover, the nationalist Marine Le Pen will most likely make the final round for French president in 2017. So why not a woman to succeed Ban Ki-moon for secretary-general of the United Nations when he steps down later this year?
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July 12, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Question: I'm caught between my husband and my dad. Dad is getting older and becoming very set in his political views. My and Hubby's views are opposite, but we do not debate him because he tends to be closed-minded and prone to ranting. Fine. But a recent issue came up in which Dad stated opinions that go directly against our church teachings (we are all of the same religion). Husband is irate that I didn't "stand up for your faith" when my dad was on a rant. My feeling is that it would do no good, and alienate us from my parents.
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July 11, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
PARIS - These days, there is one overriding issue on the minds of the French. It isn't Brexit. Nor is it whether France will copy Britain and Frexit the European Union. Pas du tout . What is fixating the French is whether their national soccer team will beat Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016 championship tournament. Raucous celebrations for France's semifinal win over Germany went on most of Thursday night outside the Paris apartment where I'm staying. The national team, with its "Black, Blanc, Beur" (black, white, and Arab)
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July 8, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BERLIN - On a trip to the beach, a German friend recently saw two teenage Afghan refugee boys stare in shock at female bathers in scanty bikinis. She overheard one youth agitatedly ask the German volunteer accompanying him: "Where are their fathers? Where are their fathers?" The good news is that the boy spoke German and had a German friend who could explain the culture gap between Afghanistan and Europe. The bad news is obvious: Germany has an overwhelming task trying to integrate many of the million or so Muslim migrants who arrived in 2015.
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July 8, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
As Germany struggles to integrate a million or so immigrants from Muslim lands, a once-taboo question has gone public: Are Islamic precepts compatible with the West? The government has emphasized economic opportunity as an antidote to radicalization, but has paid less attention to who will fund the mosques and imams to serve the refugees. Trudy Rubin writes from Berlin.
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July 4, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BERLIN - Shortly before the Brexit vote, Germany's Der Spiegel magazine ran a cover story that urged the Brits: "Please don't go. " For Germans, long the most loyal supporters of the European Union, it was unthinkable that the British would leave them. After the Brexit shock, Der Spiegel has a new plea: "If we don't become more passionate about the European Union, we will lose it," writes columnist Stefan Kuzmany. There is widespread agreement that the future of a united Europe will be decided more by emotions than facts.
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July 2, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BERLIN - Should anyone require further proof that the promises of populists are worthless, they need only watch the latest psychodrama in London. Boris Johnson, the ex-London mayor and mop-haired Donald Trump clone who led the Conservative Party's "Leave" faction, just dropped his bid to become Britain's next prime minister. This was almost as shocking as the voters' decision to leave the European Union, since Johnson was the face of the Brexit campaign. But every glowing promise Johnson made before the Brexit vote has been walked back since by leading Brexiteers.
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July 1, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BERLIN - Whatever happened to all those refugees? Last summer, TV screens were filled with horrific stories of Syrian (and Iraqi and Afghan) refugees risking their lives on sea and land to reach Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed them as a matter of principle, but her decision angered other European nations. It also helped fuel a wave of European hostility toward immigrants and the European Union's policy of open borders. That hostility in turn fueled Britain's Brexit vote.
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