Opinion: A new Cold War in Venezuela?

When it comes to the crisis unfolding in Venezuela, the United States and Russia have seemingly reverted back to their Cold War rivalry.

Read more: 'Time running out for Nicolas Maduro,' Venezuela's Juan Guaido tells DW. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meanwhile, has repeatedly warned against the US launching a military intervention in Venezuela. And in December 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered that two supersonic bombers be stationed in the Latin American country as a show of support.

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Venezuela's Guaidó vows to bring in aid

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó has told tens of thousands of his supporters that humanitarian aid will be brought in, despite opposition from President Nicolás Maduro.

Relations between the US and Venezuela were already fraught before President Donald Trump's administration became one of the first to back Mr Guaidó as interim leader. Venezuela broke off diplomatic relations in response while Mr Trump said the use of military force remained "an option".

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Pompeo in Hungary for Orbán meeting as US reengages in region

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has embarked on a tour of central European countries aimed at countering the influence of Russia and China, after a decade in which the region has been sidelined by US diplomacy.

Pompeo is in Budapest on Monday, where he will have several meetings before dining with Viktor Orbán, the country’s rightwing prime minister. Orbán was shunned under Barack Obama’s administration over his populist style and moves against media freedoms and the rule of law.

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Munich Security Report sees world as a broken puzzle

That's the bold verdict of the Munich Security Report (MSR), released on Monday ahead of this week's Munich Security Conference, the annual gathering for leading representatives of all the major powers.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. In its place, the MSR accuses Trump of displaying "an irritating enthusiasm for strongmen across the globe, suggesting that this administration is living in a 'post-human rights world'." This, the report argued, undermined the US' professed effort to rally "the noble nations of the world to build a new liberal order," as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it in December, and to oppose authoritarian great powers.

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Germans trust China more than the US, survey finds

Germans have an increasingly negative view of the relationship between their country and the US, a survey released on Friday indicated, with many seeing China as a more reliable partner.

Just over 42 percent of Germans who took part in the study said they saw China as a more reliable partner than the US, compared with 23.1 percent who favored the US over China. The study was carried out by the research organization Civey and the not-for-profit group Atlantik-Brücke (Atlantic Bridge), which promotes greater cooperation between the US and Germany.

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New White House message on China is that there’s a long way to go before striking trade deal

The White House on Thursday sent a former television anchor to one of President Donald Trump’s favorite networks with a clear message: There’s a long way to go before a trade deal with China is struck.

Questioned by host Stuart Varney as to whether “they’re putting it down on paper,” Kudlow said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s next trip to Beijing still may not result in some of the agreement even being drafted.

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NATO chief Stoltenberg bats for expanded INF treaty deal with more members

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said he was open to an expanded Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with more members in order to save the key armaments pact.

As it stands, the US and Russia have six months to settle the dispute and salvage the INF treaty; both plan to withdraw completely at that point. Each evening at 1830 UTC, DW's editors send out a selection of the day's hard news and quality feature journalism.

Russia plans new missile systems

Russia says it is planning to develop new missile systems after both Russia and the US suspended their involvement in an arms control pact.

The real arms race here could be in the Asia-Pacific rather than Europe, where both Russia and the US are wary of China's growing intermediate-range arsenal which has never been restricted by any arms control agreement.

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Europe's stakes in the State of the Union

The White House has doled out some clues as to the planned content, revealing the speech's title is "Choosing Greatness" and will focus on five themes: immigration, infrastructure, health care and, the two that could impact Europe, national security and trade.

Erik Brattberg, director of the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, agrees Europeans will be watching anxiously.

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