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    From Russia, with thrust
    Jul25

    From Russia, with thrust

    Sanctions by the U.S. and European Union have left Russian President Vladimir Putin strapped for cash, but he’s still got a summer surprise up his sleeve — and it won’t come cheap. Putin has reportedly amassed more than 50,000 troops on the Russia-Ukraine border and is sending a large amount of heavy armor and artillery back to the...

    Europe’s Russia denial
    Jul25

    Europe’s Russia denial

    Though it still seems counterintuitive to many, the risk of war in Europe has not been this high since the end of the Cold War. Nor have the leaders of Europe’s largest powers been in this much denial about Vladimir Putin’s political objective — the restoration of Russia’s sphere of influence — or how quickly the war in Ukraine...

    Schengen visas for Ukrainians
    Jul24

    Schengen visas for Ukrainians

    Ukrainians traveling west this summer still need visas. Kiev had hoped that the EU would scrap the requirement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga in May, but Brussels balked. “We are not creating a fortress,” said Fabrice Leggeri, executive director of Frontex, the Warsaw-based EU border agency. He’s right. The border is not closed,...

    Europe’s new Iron Curtain
    Jul24

    Europe’s new Iron Curtain

    SHEHYNI, Ukraine — Ukrainians call it the kordon, the border. With most EU countries reluctant to anger Russia by offering Ukraine even the distant prospect of membership, the border is here to stay, cutting off the volatile ex-Soviet east from the prosperous EU west. The implications for Ukraine are devastating. For Ukrainians, one road into the...

    Africa’s disappointment with Obama
    Jul24

    Africa’s disappointment with Obama

    Beneath the ecstatic welcome President Barack Obama will receive when he arrives in his father’s homeland of Kenya on Friday is a lingering sense of disappointment. More than the first black president, he’s the first African-American U.S. president, and that’s accentuated a frustration among many Africans — and some Americans —...

    12 people who ruined Labour
    Jul24

    12 people who ruined Labour

    LONDON — As Labour lurches toward its leadership election, a mere seven weeks away, here we name the 12 guilty men — well actually, 11 men and one woman — who between them should take responsibility for Labour’s disastrous election rout and subsequent nervous breakdown. David Miliband Brother of the failed leader, Ed, he could have been...

    Gazprom floats compromise with Commission
    Jul23

    Gazprom floats compromise with Commission

    Russia’s gas giant Gazprom said Thursday it wants to “amicably” settle an antitrust case brought by the European Commission that could cost it billions. The case was filed in April, with the Commission accusing Gazprom of abusing its market power to bully and overcharge central European governments and companies, infringing EU competition...

    For them, there is no Schengen
    Jul23

    For them, there is no Schengen

    MENTON, France, and VENTIMIGLIA, Italy — It is morning in Europe. The sunlight crests the Italian hills, tarpaulins and umbrellas casting shadows onto gray rocks lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. As the water starts to shimmer like tin foil in the morning’s glow, the camp starts to wake up. Coughs and sneezes resonate from under blankets and...

    Ukraine can’t survive on its own
    Jul21

    Ukraine can’t survive on its own

    Something extraordinary is happening in Ukraine. I just returned from a three-day trip there in my capacity as vice chair of the National Democratic Institute — an organization created by Congress to help developing countries build stronger democratic institutions — and I was truly inspired by the spirit I witnessed in a people who have been...

    We’re all Putin’s ‘useful idiots’
    Jul21

    We’re all Putin’s ‘useful idiots’

    LONDON — Watching Russian TV recently is a disturbing business. As Stephen Ennis at BBC Monitoring has painstakingly recorded, Russian media has developed a habit of delivering death threats to opposition members, using anti-Semitic insinuations against its opponents, screaming about the threat of the “homosexual sodomite tsunami,” and...

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