Meanwhile, in the USofA, the Democratic establishment has solidified around Joe Biden. The push was especially evident on MSNBC, where invited guests heavily favored Biden over Sanders. Chris Matthews may have gone a bit overboard, though: he's losing his prime-time slot, possibly in response to complaints from MSNBC's more progressive viewers.
I still have serious doubts about Biden's "electability." While the media tout his "improved" debate performances, he still has problems remembering his talking points, much less thinking on his feet. I can't help thinking that his staffers are praying that ARVID-19 will damage Tr*mp enough to compensate for their candidate's many weaknesses. Some think tank, somewhere, has to be calculating how many Americans have to die to ensure a Biden victory.
Also, although we haven't heard much about Burisma lately, it's coming. By hook or by crook (mostly the latter), Tr*mp can count on Dan Barr to deliver in time for the presidential campaign
Rare as it may be, I feel some sympathy for Erdogan's efforts to keep another million Syrian refugees out of Turkey, which already is overburdened – and equivalent sympathy for the government of Greece, left to muddle through the refugee crisis with no real EU support. At the same time, I understand that admitting more refugees can only further empower AfD, National Front, and other far-right parties.
Putin is having a very good week.