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    Talent from Tbilisi
    Sep03

    Talent from Tbilisi

    KIEV — Everyone calls her “Eka,” and not merely because “Ekaterine Zguladze” is a helluva mouthful. The diminutive reflects the popular esteem in which Eka is held, as well as a certain giddy affection for this 37-year-old Georgian — a slender woman from Tbilisi in a sea of stolid Slavic men — who is the deputy minister for internal affairs of...

    Ukraine’s far-right menace
    Sep01

    Ukraine’s far-right menace

    On Monday, an eerily familiar scene in the streets of Kiev heralded a dangerous new phase in the Ukraine crisis. Once again, riot police faced angry demonstrators who claimed that the government was betraying their country; once again, blood spilled on the pavement, resulting in at least one death and over 100 injuries. This time, however, the...

    ‘Jiang Zeman’
    Sep01

    ‘Jiang Zeman’

    PRAGUE — Twenty-seven of the EU’s 28 countries are boycotting China’s commemoration of the end of World War II. Meet the exception: the Czech Republic’s Miloš Zeman. The Czech president will be in Beijing later this week, thumbing his nose — not for the first time — at the attempts of the rest of the European Union to forge a...

    Policeman dies in protests at Ukraine parliament
    Aug31

    Policeman dies in protests at Ukraine parliament

    One policeman was killed and dozens were injured in clashes outside the parliament in Kiev on Monday, as lawmakers took a step towards giving special status to separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine. National Guard serviceman Igor Derbin, 25, was killed and several others were seriously injured by an explosive device thrown from a crowd...

    Moscow muscle
    Aug31

    Moscow muscle

    The Kremlin released pictures of President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the president’s Black Sea residence on Sunday, shortly after an opinion poll showed Putin’s popularity waning. Putin and Medvedev were pictured having breakfast together and then a barbecue after their workout at...

    The Ides of September
    Aug31

    The Ides of September

    It was the calm before the storm. Brussels slipped into its usual summer slumber in August, but as a parade of commission officials, lawmakers, regulators and diplomats return to their desks this week, they face an unusually daunting post-vacation agenda — from fixing Greece to the migrant crisis to convincing Britain to remain in the EU to...

    The woman who’s trying to save Ukraine
    Aug28

    The woman who’s trying to save Ukraine

    KIEV — Ukraine struck a critical debt deal Thursday with creditors that averts a default and opens to the door to continued international support for its struggling economy. The agreement is a victory for Ukraine’s American-born finance minister, Natalie Jaresko. For the past five months, the former U.S. diplomat and fund manager has played...

    What the Ukrainian military really needs
    Aug27

    What the Ukrainian military really needs

    In the 18th century brick colonial that serves as the Ukrainian Embassy, and where George Washington signed the deed to the nation’s capital, Kostiantyn Liesnik proudly showed off his brand-new camouflage fatigues, with its “lizard” pattern. The new uniform might seem inconsequential to outsiders, the head of the Ukrainian military’s...

    Ukraine strikes debt deal
    Aug27

    Ukraine strikes debt deal

    Ukraine has struck a deal with bondholders that reduces its commercial debt, the country’s finance minister said Thursday, though the politically sensitive issue of whether $3 billion in Russian debt will be included in the haircut remains unresolved. The debt deal is also vulnerable to a worsening of Ukraine’s already rapidly...

    New EU response team to counter Russian ‘disinformation’
    Aug27

    New EU response team to counter Russian ‘disinformation’

    The European Union’s foreign affairs department said Thursday it was launching a rapid-response team to counter what it considers biased Russian media reports. The unit, which will include up to 10 Russian-speaking officials and media professionals from EU member states, will be fully operational by the end of September and will be part of...

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