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Section: European Voice (EU)

    The long arm of Vladimir Putin
    May10

    The long arm of Vladimir Putin

    In Ukraine, as in Chechnya and Georgia beforehand, Vladimir Putin operates through warfare, using bribery, fear and force to destroy his opponents. In the West, he operates through lawfare, using politically-motivated court cases to harass and paralyse individuals in his sights. The world has paid little attention to the Kremlin’s lawfare,...

    Stalin’s new clothes
    May09

    Stalin’s new clothes

    In the provincial city of Oryol, 230 miles from Moscow, preparations for the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi forces on May 9, known as Victory Day in Russia, have been underway for more than two weeks. The streets are plastered with billboards depicting scenes from WWII, and Stalin’s face gleams from signs on boths sides of...

    Poland talks down Putin but talks up Russia
    May08

    Poland talks down Putin but talks up Russia

    WARSAW — Showing disdain for Vladimir Putin while not offending the Russian people is the tricky diplomatic challenge now being attempted by Poland and the rest of the EU during competing observances of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Bronisław Komorowski, Poland’s president, tried to upstage the traditional...

    Gazprom is going down
    May08

    Gazprom is going down

    Once Russia’s chief lever of influence over the EU, Gazprom has been facing headwinds of late. On April 22, the European Commission unveiled a long-awaited list of charges alleging that Russia’s once most profitable company has breached EU anti-trust legislation by abusing its dominant position in Central and Eastern Europe. The...

    How to make Europe stronger
    May08

    How to make Europe stronger

    WASHINGTON — On the anniversary of VE Day on May 8, there will be celebrations grand and humble in cities and homes across Europe, in the United States, and in other nations that fought together with the Allies in World War II. This is a moment to celebrate the troops who reclaimed a continent from tyranny and to appreciate the world their...

    My vision for Europe
    May08

    My vision for Europe

    Today is the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in Europe — a day that stands as one of the greatest triumphs of freedom over oppression, liberty over tyranny, and good over evil in the history of the world. It speaks to the power of free peoples and free nations uniting together to pursue shared security and shared prosperity. Even after 70...

    Letters to the editor
    May07

    Letters to the editor

    To the editors: I read with great interest your article on the fate of British officials working in the EU institutions in the event of a “Brexit” scenario (“Have Passport, Will Stay“). The article raises a number of interesting issues. It misses, however, an important point: the fate of British citizens who are getting a pension from the pension...

    The Ossification of Germany
    May07

    The Ossification of Germany

    BERLIN — After the Berlin Wall came down, the West Germans liked to call the East Germans Ossis, or, better still, Jammer-Ossis. It was a derogatory term, meant to characterize East Germans as whiney and ungrateful. The East Germans, for their part, called the West Germans Besser-Wessis, a pun on the word Besserwisser, which means...

    Visions of Britain
    May07

    Visions of Britain

    LONDON — Behind the sturm und drang of an election campaign, the leaders of Britain’s parties offer strikingly different visions. Ed Miliband wants a Swedish Britain Labour want Britain to be fully European — but outside the eurozone — more active in Eastern Europe and less beholden to Washington. His vision at home is constitutional reform...

    They seek gas here, they seek gas there
    May06

    They seek gas here, they seek gas there

    The EU’s energy chiefs have been on the road, visiting authoritarian states in the Caspian region and North Africa in the hunt for future gas supply contracts that would lessen the bloc’s current dependency on Russia. In theory, there are plenty of possibilities for new piped gas imports from Turkmenistan, Algeria and even Iran or...

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