exPLAINers of week July 2 – 8

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By Perfectly Plain Staff

We scour the depths of the media to bring you, our dear readers, what the best explainer pieces are each week. This week we have stopped on two pieces that delve into the heart of the European Union and the hope for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and bring them to us in an easy to understand and fascinatingly interesting way.

Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained

By Max Fisher and Katrin Bennhold in The New York Times

The political near-breakdown in Germany marks the beginning of the end for the European experiment, for an era of openness toward refugees and migrants in the West, and for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor at the center of the European political establishment. Max Fisher and Katrin Bennhold explore the reasons behind the turmoil in Germany and the consequences it might have on the European Union as a whole.

Bennhold is the Berlin bureau chief and has been a correspondent for The New York Times since 2004, writing on a range of topics from European politics and terrorism to gender and immigration. Fisher writes The Interpreter, a news column and newsletter that explore the ideas and context behind major events, with his most recent article being “Why Europe Could Melt Down Over a Simple Question of Borders.”

This explainer was fascinating as it explores the inner trouble of the largest single market and the reasons why Germany has a decisive role in the survival of the European idea.

To read full exPLAINer, click here.

Teodor Teofilov

America and North Korea Are Having Two Different Conversations

By Kathy Gilsinan in The Atlantic

The promise of denuclearization of North Korea by President Trump has been a lot tougher than he originally thought it was going to be. Kathy Gilsinan explains that the US and North Korea are having two separate conversations. North Korea doesn’t believe South Korea is nuclear-free and wants US troops out of there as well. The US may not be willing to acknowledge the first point, and not concede the second point.

Gilsinan is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Global section. She has also authored, “What Happens When No One Believes American Threats?”, where she explains how America gets weaker when it’s threats aren’t taken seriously.

This explainer was interesting because it highlights a reason why talks of denuclearization haven’t been successful. The two countries have different ideas on what was agreed upon.

To read full exPLAINer, click here.

Pawan Naidu

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