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Section: European Voice (EU)

    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...

    Important Defense move for Continent
    May05

    Important Defense move for Continent

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the intelligence and combat experience of Gen. Joe Dunford, the Marine he has nominated to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top uniformed military leader. “I know Joe. I trust him,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. “He’s already proven his ability to give...

    Moldova is hanging by a thread
    May05

    Moldova is hanging by a thread

    Ukraine’s borders meet those of Moldova and Romania in the village of Mamaliga, which shares its name with a type of porridge native to these borderlands. The crossing into Moldova is quiet. After passport control, a Ukrainian guard directs our bus to the Moldovan side. “Glory to Ukraine!” he shouts across the border. “Glory to the heroes!”...

    The monarchs of Prague Castle
    May05

    The monarchs of Prague Castle

    PRAGUE – Placid and stolid, the Czech Republic revels in its reputation as the level-headed heart of central Europe, a sort of Bohemian version of Switzerland. So why can’t the country place a boring and uncontroversial president in the hulking Prague Castle? While Czechs are among the central Europeans least likely to migrate (why leave a...

    To save Russia’s economy, Putin hits his base where it hurts
    May04

    To save Russia’s economy, Putin hits his base where it hurts

    The ruble’s recent appreciation, mostly due to rising oil prices, has led some analysts to conclude that Russia’s economy is on its way to recovery. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently made his own optimistic assertion: “No collapse has happened. The Russian economy has relatively easy overcome these artificial barriers (created...

    Poland’s left faces extinction
    May04

    Poland’s left faces extinction

    WARSAW — The left ruled Poland during four decades of communism and even after the collapse of the Soviet empire it remained a potent political force — but this year could mark its end. The presidential election on May 9 could have been a chance for the left to pull itself together before parliamentary elections in the fall. Instead, it could be...

    Patriots for Poland
    May03

    Patriots for Poland

    By the book, deterrence is “a strategy intended to dissuade an adversary from taking an action not yet started” and “the maintenance of military power for the purpose of discouraging an attack.” But as a former NATO commander, in peace and in combat, I would add one thing to the dictionary definitions above — deterrence is also the ability to...

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