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Section: European Voice (EU)

    Gazprom tightens its grip
    Sep04

    Gazprom tightens its grip

    Russia’s Gazprom and five European business partners signed a deal Friday to double the capacity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea to Germany, at a time when Brussels is working to decrease dependence on Russian gas. Gazprom will own 51 percent of the joint venture, New European Pipeline AG, with E.ON, Shell,...

    Poland to aid refugees, not economic migrants
    Sep04

    Poland to aid refugees, not economic migrants

    WARSAW — Poland is ready to help alleviate the migration crisis, but opposes quotas set by Brussels and insists that Europe do a better job of separating true asylum seekers from those moving for economic reasons, the country’s deputy foreign minister told POLITICO. “We do not think that any kind of automatic system is part of the...

    ‘Russia’s Sinatra’ gets Putin’s help to avoid EU blacklist
    Sep03

    ‘Russia’s Sinatra’ gets Putin’s help to avoid EU blacklist

    A Russian politician who is also a famous crooner has been given a visa to receive medical treatment in Italy despite being on an EU blacklist — thanks to some help from Vladimir Putin. Singer Iosif Kobzon — known as “Russia’s Frank Sinatra” — is supposed to be barred from entering the European Union. In February he was added to a list of...

    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...

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