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Movember Diplomacy: 9 World Leaders Get The Moustache Each One Deserves

Movember Diplomacy: 9 World Leaders Get The Moustache Each One Deserves


Gentlemen, throw away your razors and kiss that soft upper lip good-bye: Movember is here.

Every year since time immemorial (OK, 2004), men the world over stop shaving for the month of November to raise awareness about prostate cancer and other men’s health issues — all while looking positively fabulous.

Here at Worldcrunch HQ, the hairy male members of our team already look ridiculously good. But it’s not always the case for our world leaders, who tend to shy away from facial hair.

Here are a few examples of how good they could look. (We have more, but we’re shaving them for later.)

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Paris-Berlin, Warsaw-Kyiv: Europe's Balance Of Power Will Never Be The Same

A new future is unfolding in real time, one that leaders in France, Germany and beyond could not have envisioned even a year ago.

Photo of Bundeswehr soldiers in Lest, Slovakia, with a training anti-tank missile and a G22 sniper rifle.

Bundeswehr soldiers in Lest, Slovakia, with a training anti-tank missile and a G22 sniper rifle.

Kay Nietfeld/dpa via ZUMA
Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Quick question: do you know which country is on its way to having the largest army in Europe? The obvious answer would be France, the Continent's only nuclear power since the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and a military that has been tested in multiple foreign operations in recent years.

But the answer is about to change: if we put aside the nuclear factor, Europe's leading military will soon be that of Poland.

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This is one more direct consequence Russia's invasion of Ukraine: a close neighbor of the conflict zone, Poland is investing massively in its defense. Last year, it concluded a huge arms purchase contract with South Korea: heavy combat tanks (four times more than France), artillery, fighter jets, for 15 billion euros.

Warsaw also signed a contract last month to purchase two observation satellites from France for 500 million euros.

This former country of the Warsaw Pact, today a leading NATO member, intends to be ever more consequential in European affairs. The investments in defense are one way of doing that. Yet this is not the only impact of the war in Ukraine.

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