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    Home Alone in Ukraine in the age of Trump
    Dec24

    Home Alone in Ukraine in the age of Trump

    KIEV — Channel-surf through Ukrainian television during the holiday season and you’re bound to come across a rerun of the classic Christmas film “Home Alone.” The slapstick comedy — whose soundtrack, coincidentally, includes a song, “Carol of the Bells,” by a Ukrainian composer — ranks among the 10...

    On stage, Putin celebrates a good year
    Dec23

    On stage, Putin celebrates a good year

    MOSCOW — Every year, the Kremlin puts on the Vladimir Putin show, the annual press conference at the end of December. But on Friday, the Russian president had a certain spring in his step. Certainly, it’s been a good year for Putin. From the military support of President Bashar al-Assad that has helped bring the rebels in Syria...

    Trump releases letter from Putin asking to ‘restore’ US-Russia relationship
    Dec23

    Trump releases letter from Putin asking to ‘restore’ US-Russia relationship

    President-elect Donald Trump on Friday released a holiday letter he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he hopes the U.S. and Russia will be able to “live up to” the overtures expressed by Putin and that “we do not have to travel an alternate path.” Putin’s letter,...

    Radioactive cloud over Budapest’s budget
    Dec23

    Radioactive cloud over Budapest’s budget

    Hungary’s €12 billion plan to build two new nuclear reactors could push the country’s budget deficit over the limit set by EU rules, critics of the projects have warned, and regulators may be in the dark about its true costs. In mid-July, the EU Council of Ministers warned the country is close to breaching the fiscal...

    White House rebuffed pre-election plan to combat Russian influence
    Dec22

    White House rebuffed pre-election plan to combat Russian influence

    The White House opposed a Republican-led push earlier this year to create an executive-branch task force to battle Russia’s covert information operations, according to a document obtained by POLITICO. Sen. Tom Cotton, a leading GOP defense hawk who has long urged President Barack Obama to take a harder line on Russia, sought to force...

    ECJ advocate-general: Trade deals require national parliaments’ approval
    Dec21

    ECJ advocate-general: Trade deals require national parliaments’ approval

    The European Court of Justice’s advocate-general on Wednesday issued a non-binding opinion saying national and regional parliaments across the EU must also have a say on ratifying trade agreements. In 2014, the European Commission asked the court to rule if the EU-Singapore trade agreement, and similar upcoming deals such as one with...

    Marine Le Pen denies cash-for-support deal with Russia
    Dec20

    Marine Le Pen denies cash-for-support deal with Russia

    PARIS — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen may have received funding from Russian-backed banks as thanks for supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea, French investigative news site Mediapart reported Tuesday, citing text messages exchanged between two Russian officials. In the messages, which Mediapart said it had obtained...

    Russian influence looms over Germany’s election
    Dec19

    Russian influence looms over Germany’s election

    BERLIN — Long before the CIA and FBI came to the public conclusion last week that the Kremlin had interfered in the U.S. presidential election with the aim of helping Donald Trump, a senior German intelligence official told colleagues that Russia was interfering in German politics. The federal security agency had observed “active measures” from...

    ExxonMobil helped defeat Russia sanctions bill
    Dec18

    ExxonMobil helped defeat Russia sanctions bill

    ExxonMobil successfully lobbied against a bill that would have made it harder for the next president to lift sanctions against Russia, clearing the way for the oil giant to restart a program worth billions of dollars if Donald Trump eases those restrictions as president. The company’s effort could be helped by outgoing CEO Rex...

    How the Dutch Left blew it
    Dec17

    How the Dutch Left blew it

    ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — Ahmed Aboutaleb was giving a lot of Dutch politicians sleepless nights earlier this year. A moderate Muslim of Moroccan descent, the mayor of Rotterdam is the most popular politician in the country. Had he entered the fray as his party’s candidate in the Netherlands’ national...

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