Can Pompeo build a European coalition against Iran?

Will Pompeo manage to build a European coalition against Iran?

Well, that depends. Certainly not on the issue of the nuclear deal. The Europeans are solidly behind it. To go back on the efforts that have been undertaken over decades to take back Iran from the nuclear brink would be exceedingly foolish. And then there is a lot of worries here in town that the escalatory rhetoric from the US, and from Tehran, will increase the likelihood of the region, which is really rather combustible at the moment, stumbling into a war that no one should really want.

Who will win the Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv?

I haven't the faintest idea. But I guess that the Icelanders would get all the publicity.

It was inevitable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would make India's elections a referendum on Narendra Modi, and now that the vast majority of 600 million votes cast have been counted, it's clear he made the right call.

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Among the 23 men and women now seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to take on Donald Trump in next year's election, the frontrunner, at least for now, has spent half a century in politics. Former Vice President Joe Biden, first elected to the US Senate in 1972, is the very epitome of the American political establishment.

Yet, the dominant political trend in many democracies today is public rejection of traditional candidates and parties of the center-right and center-left in favor of new movements, voices, and messages. Consider the evidence from some recent elections:

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It's Friday, and Signal readers deserve at least one entirely upbeat news story.

José Obdulio Gaviria, a Colombian senator for the rightwing Democratic Center party, is an outspoken opponent of government attempts to make peace with the FARC rebel group after 50 years of conflict.

On his way into a meeting earlier this week, Gaviria collapsed. It was later reported that he had fainted as a result of low blood pressure probably caused by complications following recent open heart surgery.

A political rival, Senator Julian Gallo, quickly came to his rescue and revived him using resuscitation skills he learned as—irony alert—a FARC guerrilla. CPR applied by Gallo helped Gaviria regain consciousness, before another senator, who is also professional doctor, took over. Gaviria was taken to hospital and appears to have recovered.

Because some things will always be more important than politics.