Navalny's trial, Myanmar coup, Italy's politics, Marjorie Taylor Greene
Alexei Navalny found himself in a Moscow court twice in the same week. Thousands were arrested over the charges filed against the first poisoned, then imprisoned anti-corruption crusader. The 44-year-old Navalny once again seemed relaxed and straight-shooting as he faced charges of insulting a World War II war hero. Unbeknownst to Josep Borrell, the Kremlin chose the same day to announce the expulsion of diplomats from Poland, Germany and Sweden who'd covered the protests. The optics are not great when the conversation shifts to the promising prognosis for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
Can you put it back in the bottle? Routed in legislative elections, Myanmar's military has called time on a brittle five-year democratic transition. Cue the arrests and the blowback. For now, it seems like a leaderless movement. This comes after the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian president Win Myint and now, the Nobel peace laureate's right-hand man, Win Htein.
Will it be Mario Draghi to the rescue? The former president of the European Central Bank has been tasked with cobbling together a coalition after former PM Matteo Renzi pulled the rug out from under the outgoing government. The country's president Sergio Mattarella is calling on a political superstar who has never before held political office in his home country.
Washington witnessed the prologue on Thursday to Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial next week. The House of Representatives voted to strip Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, this despite the first-term Republican renouncing the QAnon conspiracy theory, as well as the doubts she cast on the Parkland high school mass shooting and the attacks of September 11, 2001. Democratic House majority leader Steny Hoyer dismissed a repentance that included no formal apology and displayed a tweet of Greene with an assault rifle pointed at prominent left-wing members of Congress when she was a candidate.
Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux.
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