Leonid Bershidsky

Leonid Bershidsky, a Bloomberg View contributor, is a Berlin-based writer. He was the founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti and founded the opinion website Slon.ru.

U.S.-European relations have worsened since President Donald Trump met with other NATO country leaders in Brussels in May 2017. <br>Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Europe's losing credibility on Iran sanctions

For all their big words about Europeans "taking their destiny in their own hands," EU leaders' real policy appears to be to string Iran along while waiting for the Trump presidency to end — what some might call a head-in-the-sand tactic.

Expats deserve their own senators

Modern nations aren’t confined to their geographic borders. Leaving one’s country for extended periods is no longer unusual, and it shouldn’t mean breaking off civic ties.

Russia’s bungled spying won’t blow over

The Russian president can’t afford to look fallible, but he increasingly does. Simply trying to wait out one unfavorable news cycle after another won’t fix the problem.


Poland’s ‘Fort Trump’ offer sets dangerous precedent

Polish President Andrzej Duda’s offer to call a military base “Fort Trump” if the U.S. agrees to set one up in his country was, of course, a joke — but not entirely.


US should move forces in Germany to Poland

Poland is willing to spend $1.5 billion to $2 billion to entice the U.S. to build a permanent military base there, according to a Defense Ministry proposal. The plan offers a strong incentive for the U.S. to consider moving at least some of its forces from Germany, especially since the current deployment makes little military sense.

Maybe the free world doesn’t need a leader

Who is the leader of the free world? Important as the question sounds, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s better left unanswered.