RantCrush Top 5: January 13, 2017
Uh oh, today is Friday the 13th. Enjoy the end of your week, but if you’re superstitious, be careful! Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:
U.S. troops have moved from Germany to the southwest part of Poland, marking the first time a NATO ally has had a continuous military deployment in the area. Some Poles have wanted this kind of presence since the Cold War and many waved American flags as the tanks rolled in. For Poland, having some protection from Russia is ideal.
President Barack Obama is aiming to keep stability in the region, which recently has become more rattled. Russia and Poland have historically had a contentious relationship, and Russia pinched Ukraine’s Crimea territory in 2014. Russia has also started deploying nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad–which is Russian territory–but is located in between Lithuania and Poland.
“It is a sign of the US commitment to this alliance and to peace and prosperity in Europe”. https://t.co/NrSSrDvamF
— Wiesław Pawlak (@wskpwlk) January 10, 2017
Though Poles are largely happy about the U.S. support, many fear that it will not last after President-elect Donald Trump comes into power, as he has shown signs of being more Kremlin-friendly than previous U.S. presidents.