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Section: European Voice (EU)

    Sweden and Finland’s awkward NATO tango
    Aug24

    Sweden and Finland’s awkward NATO tango

    HELSINKI — Finland and Sweden have spent decades toying with NATO membership, but now the renewed threat from Russia is forcing the pace in the two neutral countries as they weigh joining the Atlantic alliance while Moscow reacts with grim warnings. Stockholm has now named a special ambassador to evaluate Sweden’s relationship with NATO and...

    Merkel’s Germany, a part-time hegemon
    Aug20

    Merkel’s Germany, a part-time hegemon

    BERLIN — After he’d defeated a Roman army in 279 BC, King Pyrrhus of Epirus uttered his famous words: Another victory like this and we are lost. Does the same go for Angela Merkel? Indeed, what were perceived as her latest victories in Brussels and Berlin were, if anything, pyrrhic ones. They have probably put an end to her decade of...

    Ukraine shelling prompts cease-fire diplomacy
    Aug19

    Ukraine shelling prompts cease-fire diplomacy

    The leaders of France and Germany will meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin on Monday as part of a fresh diplomatic push to salvage the cease-fire, which has been further undermined by an outbreak of shelling in the Donetsk region. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President François Hollande will meet Poroshenko to try to end the...

    The world according to Duda
    Aug19

    The world according to Duda

    SZCZECIN, Poland — Barely a week into his term, Poland’s new president is moving to realize a hallmark campaign promise: To pivot central Europe’s most important country to closer security ties with its immediate eastern neighbors. In so doing, Andrzej Duda courts confrontation with Russia and strains in Poland’s recent good...

    Behind Putin’s nuclear threats
    Aug18

    Behind Putin’s nuclear threats

    HELSINKI — When Leonid Brezhnev was in charge of the Soviet Union, he did not see much need to threaten Europe with his country’s vast nuclear arsenal: The USSR’s overwhelming advantage in tanks, artillery and men meant that it was the U.S. which had to be ambiguous about the first use of its nuclear weapons to stop a potential Soviet...

    After Iran, U.S. presses for solution to Syrian civil war
    Aug17

    After Iran, U.S. presses for solution to Syrian civil war

    Three months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry flew to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi for an unexpected meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A central topic: the civil war in Syria. The meeting was a key part of recent engagement between the U.S. and Moscow on the vexing question of how to end Syria’s brutal civil war, which...

    Germany fears escalation in “explosive” Ukraine
    Aug16

    Germany fears escalation in “explosive” Ukraine

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is worried that the conflict in eastern Ukraine could escalate dangerously and has urged Kiev and Moscow to cooperate with ceasefire monitors, he told Bild am Sonntag in an interview published on Sunday. Steinmeier has proposed that his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts hold talks with the...

    Kiev’s hipster revolution
    Aug13

    Kiev’s hipster revolution

    KIEV — A disc jockey spins a remix of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” on a stage by the river, while scores of young fashion brands that have sprung up in Ukraine’s capital since the revolution hawk their wares in a carnival atmosphere. T-shirts decorated with slogans like “Putin is a Dick,” “Pray for Ukraine” and “Separatist Buyer’s...

    How Japan pushes coal on the world
    Aug12

    How Japan pushes coal on the world

    TOKYO — The world’s attention fell on a Japanese power plant yesterday, as technicians turned on a nuclear reactor for the first time since it was shut down following the catastrophic 2011 Fukushima disaster. It’s scheduled to be the first of dozens to start up again, despite public opposition to reviving nuclear power in the...

    War games raise risk of Russia-NATO conflict
    Aug12

    War games raise risk of Russia-NATO conflict

    Supposedly defensive military exercises by Russia and NATO are actually leading the two sides closer to war, according to a new report by the European Leadership Network. The think tank’s policy brief released Wednesday analyzed their major military exercises this year and found that “each side is training with the other side’s...

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