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    The Cinderella Spitzenkandidaten
    Apr26

    The Cinderella Spitzenkandidaten

    For some European politicians, the runway to a campaign for European Commission president is clear. Others might need a bit of help from a fairy godmother. The mix of qualities and qualifications needed to become a viable candidate for the EU’s top job is far more complex than in a national election. Support on the European Council,...

    What playing Russian poker taught me about Putin
    Apr26

    What playing Russian poker taught me about Putin

    MINSK — The Western media often likens Vladimir Putin’s governing style of brinkmanship, covert aggression and blatant deceit to those of a brilliant poker player. The poker-faced Russian president rarely shows his hand, enjoys bluffing his more powerful opponents and doesn’t hesitate to go all-in when he senses an opening. He’s...

    ‘Strong suspicion’ of corrupt activities in Council of Europe: report
    Apr23

    ‘Strong suspicion’ of corrupt activities in Council of Europe: report

    A new report says there is a “strong suspicion” of corruption in the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, the international human rights organization. An independent group published the findings of a 10-month-long investigation last night. In a 219-page report, the authors allege that activities “in favour of Azerbaijan were...

    John Bolton and Russian ambassador meet at White House
    Apr20

    John Bolton and Russian ambassador meet at White House

    The White House on Thursday said national security adviser John Bolton and Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov agree that both nations want to have a better relationship, but cautioned that Bolton said such an improvement will only occur if Russia address “concerns” about interference in 2016 election and it’s actions in Ukraine and Syria....

    In historic shift, Berlin mulls tougher stance on Moscow
    Apr19

    In historic shift, Berlin mulls tougher stance on Moscow

    BERLIN – Germany’s Russlandversteher are back. An epithet to some, a badge of honor to others, the term literally translates as “Russia understander,” but connotes something closer to a “Russia sympathizer.” In Germany’s heated political climate, few words are as polarizing. As the West debates how far to go in confronting Russia over...

    EU wants to jumpstart Syria peace talks
    Apr16

    EU wants to jumpstart Syria peace talks

    EU foreign ministers on Monday called on Russia and Iran to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resume political dialogue that might end his country’s long and devastating civil war — a largely vain hope that highlighted the bloc’s marginal role in the crisis. At a Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, the ministers...

    German foreign minister: Pressure on Russia should be increased
    Apr13

    German foreign minister: Pressure on Russia should be increased

    Political pressure on Russia over its involvement in Syria should be ratcheted up, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday after a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Maas was speaking a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out German participation in a potential military strike against Syria. However,...

    Merkel says no Nord Stream 2 without clarifying Ukraine’s transit role
    Apr10

    Merkel says no Nord Stream 2 without clarifying Ukraine’s transit role

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline cannot go ahead if Ukraine loses its importance as a transit country for gas to Europe. “I made very clear that a Nord Stream 2 project is not possible without clarity on the future transit role of Ukraine,” she told a joint news conference in Berlin with Ukrainian...

    Trump vs Putin? Time to be ‘scared’
    Apr09

    Trump vs Putin? Time to be ‘scared’

    In an early morning tweet exactly one year and 77 days into his presidency, Donald Trump on Sunday finally criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin by name. It took a chemical weapons attack in Syria by Putin’s ally (“Animal Assad,” in Trumpian twitter-speak) and gruesome pictures of dead children to prompt the criticism. But the belated...

    Russia’s anxious northern neighbors toughen up
    Apr09

    Russia’s anxious northern neighbors toughen up

    HELSINKI — With relations between the West and Moscow at a post-Cold War low point, Russia’s closest EU neighbors are turning to tougher military and financial measures to send a message to Vladimir Putin. At a White House meeting last week, the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania asked Donald Trump to do more to deter Russia by...

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