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Biden, Macron, Scholz, Johnson: Allies abroad, struggling at home


As Johnson’s “ride for life, G-7!” comment suggests, along with earlier bantering by the leaders about going shirtless, foreign trips can give leaders a sense of welcome relief from the weight of their problems at home.
“Clearly his authority at home is shot,” Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, said of Johnson. But support for Ukraine is widespread, he noted, giving Johnson, like the other leaders, a popular cause on the global stage: “Anything to do with Ukraine is to some extent ring-fenced from normal politics.”

This was covered in the Washington Post



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