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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

TLDR: It's based on a translation error and unclear geographical terminology Kaliningrad isn't seen by Russia as a viable area denial chokepoint vs the Baltic Sea anymore. Whatever else the paper ...
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Why does the US still maintain so many military facilities in Western Europe?

There's an important word you're missing: logistics. The US has to project its power. To do that, you need to be able to move not just troops, but equipment and supplies. But you don't just move those ...
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Why are Eastern European countries more likely to recognize Palestine as a state than Western European countries?

This dates back to 1988, when the Soviet Union and the "iron curtain" still existed. At that point, the UNGA passed a resolution recognising a state of Palestine. The Soviet bloc and most ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

As I understand, you are suspicious why some events are described by different publishers in very similar words. They may just use the same source. A news agency is an organization that gathers news ...
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Is there a precedent for a Western European country expelling U.S. diplomats over spying?

Question: Is there a precedent of an European country expelling U.S. diplomats over spying? Yes. From 1997. BONN EXPELS U.S. OFFICIAL FOR SPYING Germany has ordered an American diplomat to leave the ...
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Why does the US still maintain so many military facilities in Western Europe?

@Machavity rightly notes that logistics are one reason. As another example of that, wounded U.S. soldiers in the Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans were frequently transported to U.S. military bases ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

A European Court of Human Rights judgment against another state doesn't legally oblige the UK to amend its law. European Convention on Human Rights Article 46.1 (my emphasis): The High Contracting ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

Kinda. Not of the kind that James's answer has already rebutted. But our dear Noam Chomsky established his political chops with his 1988 Manufacturing Consent which indicates a number of ways Western ...
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Do a majority of European countries accept LGBTI+ asylum seekers?

A qualified 'yes.' The EU countries in principle accept persecution because of sexual identity as a reason for asylum (EU directive, article 10 section 1 d). Not all of them are enthusiastic about it, ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

I have been interviewed by the WSJ on a matter that wasn't of great political importance. I prepared and reviewed with colleagues a script of possible answers, so as not to incriminate my employer as ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

Belarus. Reuters (2023-03-10): Under another change approved by Lukashenko on Thursday, anybody found guilty of "discrediting" the Belarusian armed forces will face a jail term. The ...
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Has the west debated the pros and cons of funding Ukraine war aid with the Russian funds they have confisticated?

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul argues for such transfer, for two reasons: Paying reparations for a violation of international law is a well-established norm. It would be immoral to ...
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Is it unusual for a host country to inform a foreign politician about sensitive topics to be avoid in their speech?

I don't think there's too much information about that, as that's the kind of diplomacy that's usually not happening in public. Though, yes, you would expect that it is your own diplomatic corps that ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

There is the usual issue in your question of the division of the world in "The West" and "The non-West" (and are Japan and Australia part of "the West"?) But taking this ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

If there are other European countries that prohibit calling for sanctions that would be interesting to hear too, but I'm rather skeptical those exist. Although Belarus could surprise, I guess. This ...
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Why is Europe (at least France and the UK) less dovish than the US administration on Ukraine striking Russian oil refineries?

Joe Biden currently faces a heavy re-election battle this year, and petrol prices are already on the rise. And nothing terrifies a sitting American president more than a surge in pump prices during an ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

I want to know that this type of titles engineering, or censorship (of West bad news or good news of its enemies) is due to the pressure/policy/control of their governments, or do the owners of the ...
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What was the last time an EU member used its veto power to prevent a country from joining the EU?

Greece - Macedonia, then Bulgaria- Macedonia. The conflict with Greece was finally resolved but went as far as forcing to rename Macedonia into now North Macedonia in 2018. The process of joining is ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

None, if you ask for "closely resembling". Surely, if you would publish in a press that famous NATO general keeps his dog in cage on nails and NATO troops rape girls in Ukraine, the only ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

A OSCE paper from 2017, Scott Griffen (Author/Lead Researcher), Barbara Trionfi (Managing Editor): Defamation and Insult Laws in the OSCE Region: A Comparative Study (Commissioned by the OSCE ...
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By which reasoning is Birmingham "the largest local authority in Europe"?

This is a somewhat ill-formed title (rather like world's busiest airport or world's most powerful car) since different definitions can be used for "local authority" (indeed the UK uses this ...
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Is there a precedent for a Western European country expelling U.S. diplomats over spying?

It happens from time to time, but without attracting much media attention. E.g., here is a report from December 7: Spain expels two US embassy staff for bribing intelligence agents: MADRID, Dec 7 (...
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Did a European country ever decide to not respect a ruling made by the ICJ?

If you're considering Russia as a "European country", they definitely ignored the provisional ICJ order to stop their invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin has rejected an order by the United ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

This is in the article. “Even if Russia attacks the Baltics, there will be nothing left of Kaliningrad. There’s no way to defend it — we’ll be blockaded,” he said. “The authorities say they will ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

In addition to the points raised in Lag's answer, if it is possible to interpret UK legislation in a way which is compatible with the ECHR, then the domestic Courts must do so. See Section 3(1) of the ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

No, there is no evidence of government censorship in the West. However, there are a number of factors that lead to a similar outcome and can easily create the impressions: The use of news agencies ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

Correlation is not causation. The media influences public opinion. Public opinion puts pressure on politicians. The media also influences the individuals that consume it, which includes decision ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

There are two problems with that statement, a smaller and a bigger one. The smaller one is that Kaliningrad is not useful to dominate the Baltics, but also not needed. Russia has 400 km of borders ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

The obvious task for air, naval and missile forces in Kaliningrad in case of a hot war in the baltics. (ie a "special military operation" in one or several of the three baltic states ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

Without Finland and Sweden in NATO, it is relatively easy for Russia to blitz into the Baltic countries while simultaneously blocking NATO from helping those countries defend themselves. Why? Because ...
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