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    EU Confidential Episode 7: Anders Fogh Rasmussen —  Ukrainian summer — Greece’s scapegoat statistician
    Aug03

    EU Confidential Episode 7: Anders Fogh Rasmussen —  Ukrainian summer — Greece’s scapegoat statistician

    To listen to the podcast now, click on the player below or click here to get it on iTunes. This week Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO secretary-general and now an adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, sets out his views on how the EU should deal with Russia. He also talks about NATO, defense spending, Trump… and why (and where)...

    Trump signs Russia sanctions bill but says parts violate Constitution
    Aug02

    Trump signs Russia sanctions bill but says parts violate Constitution

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bipartisan bill placing new sanctions on Russia, but in a statement he claimed multiple aspects of the legislation violate the Constitution. In one of two statements released almost simultaneously Wednesday morning by the White House, Trump said he supports the law’s...

    The man who would beat Putin
    Aug01

    The man who would beat Putin

    MOSCOW nly a little more than 48 hours had passed since Leonid Volkov had been released from a cramped Moscow detention center, but the outspoken Kremlin critic was already back at work plotting to unseat Russian President Vladimir Putin. As chief of staff for Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s run for the presidency in an election...

    Pence: We will ‘hold Russia accountable for its actions’
    Jul31

    Pence: We will ‘hold Russia accountable for its actions’

    Amid a fresh wave of sanctions and renewed tension between the United States and Russia, Vice President Mike Pence reassured NATO’s Baltic member states that the U.S. stands firmly behind its mutual-defense commitment in the face of stepped-up aggression from Moscow. “The United States stands with the nations and people...

    Putin expelling 755 US diplomats from Russia
    Jul30

    Putin expelling 755 US diplomats from Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin hit back at pending U.S. sanctions against his country on Sunday by ordering 755 U.S. diplomats to leave Russia. “I decided that it is time for us to show that we will not leave anything unanswered,” Putin said in an interview with Russian television on Sunday, according to translated reports in the New York Times...

    Enemies of Putin, but no longer friends
    Jul30

    Enemies of Putin, but no longer friends

    KIEV — The “Chocolate Ass” got the last laugh — for now, anyway. Last month, on a TV talk show hosted by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who found a new political home in Ukraine, a woman in battle fatigues performed a doleful melody, backed by a rock ensemble. “In the near east, blood...

    How a tiny Baltic nation became a top destination for US officials
    Jul29

    How a tiny Baltic nation became a top destination for US officials

    Estonia, a tiny Baltic nation dwarfed by neighboring Russia, isn’t a premier American tourist destination. But when Vice President Mike Pence arrives there on Sunday he’ll be just the latest in a parade of senior Washington officials to visit in recent months. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) led a congressional delegation...

    ‘You snakes’ — Russia’s deputy PM to Romanian authorities
    Jul28

    ‘You snakes’ — Russia’s deputy PM to Romanian authorities

    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called Romanian authorities “snakes” after they refused to allow a plane on which he was a passenger to enter Romanian airspace as it flew to Moldova. “Romanian authorities endangered the lives of the passengers on board the S7 airline flight — women and children,” Rogozin tweeted...

    Russia punches back at sanctions, tells US to cut diplomats
    Jul28

    Russia punches back at sanctions, tells US to cut diplomats

    The Kremlin swiftly retaliated Friday against new sanctions approved by the U.S. Congress, ordering a cut in the number of American diplomats in Russia and suspending use by U.S. diplomats of a beach house and storage facilities in Moscow, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry In hitting back so quickly, Russia did not even wait to see...

    6 crises that could spoil Europe’s summer
    Jul28

    6 crises that could spoil Europe’s summer

    August is supposed to be a dull month for European politics, thanks to the long summer holidays enjoyed by many on the Continent. It rarely works out that way. Political crises, armed conflicts and financial fires have a habit of ignoring the holiday schedules of European politicians. When Greece tipped toward default in 2015, European leaders...

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