When Netflix and other US streaming companies arrived in Europe, governments feared the destruction of their local film industries. They shouldn’t have worried.
Europe’s 2018 audiovisual directive required international streaming companies led by Netflix to expand local film production.
There can now be no doubt: Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has produced a durable “rally round the flag” effect. The rising tide of public sentiment, however, may be pushing the regime towards dangerous shoals.
Refusing entry to Russians may look like an appealing policy, but it could hurt the West’s friends and help its enemies.
The situation in Western and Central Ukraine has for now stabilized; a trip to Kyiv provides those interested in international affairs with a unique opportunity.
The Kremlin has blazed an extraordinary trail of self-destruction in its determination to extinguish Ukrainian statehood. Now it stands alone and unloved.
Chinese malign influence efforts in Latvia so far have been relatively passive, focused mostly on building local networks and probing investments opportunities