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    Mogherini ‘proud’ EU not involved militarily in Syria
    Oct17

    Mogherini ‘proud’ EU not involved militarily in Syria

    LUXEMBOURG — EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that European nations would try to do more to help Syria — particularly in terms of humanitarian aid — but she was “personally proud” the European Union was not involved militarily in the conflict. “The European Union is not a player on the ground in Syria,” Mogherini said,...

    Welcome to Agadez, smuggling capital of Africa
    Oct17

    Welcome to Agadez, smuggling capital of Africa

    AGADEZ, Niger — Once, caravans brought gold and salt to this small mud-brick desert town. Today, it has become a major trading post for arms, drugs and, above all, humans. After the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, long-locked smuggling routes between Niger and Libya suddenly reopened, and the small desert town of roughly 120,000...

    EU divided and sidelined, again, on Russia
    Oct17

    EU divided and sidelined, again, on Russia

    EU leaders had planned to use their autumn summit this week in Brussels to clarify their approach to Russia. Scratch that. The fast-worsening relationship with Moscow looks to be increasingly out of Europe’s control — driven by events on the ground in Syria and by the United States, which now, as much as ever, is speaking for the West. Any...

    France pushes for Ukraine crisis summit
    Oct12

    France pushes for Ukraine crisis summit

    France wants to hold a summit next week on the conflict in Ukraine with the leaders of Germany, Russia and Ukraine, the French government’s chief spokesman said Wednesday. Stephane Le Foll told reporters following a meeting of ministers in Paris that President François Hollande would get in touch with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and...

    Strongest Russia sanctions opponents among least affected: report
    Oct12

    Strongest Russia sanctions opponents among least affected: report

    Some of the EU countries that are among the loudest opponents to the bloc’s sanctions against Russia have experienced the lowest export losses, according to a report released Wednesday. Greece and Slovenia have been among those most vocal in calling for the EU to lift sanctions. But according to the Graduate Institute of International and...

    Aftermath of a university bribe
    Oct12

    Aftermath of a university bribe

    KIEV — When you go after bribe takers in Ukraine, they will fight back. I know because I am being taken to court for an op-ed I wrote for POLITICO about the corruption of my country’s higher education system. After I described how I had paid a $200 bribe to my university professor in order to get him to consider my dissertation, he accused...

    Vladimir Putin and France unfriend each other
    Oct11

    Vladimir Putin and France unfriend each other

    PARIS — The new Cold War is getting chilly again. Russian President Vladimir Putin called off a trip to Paris due to take place next week, sparking a diplomatic spat with France that followed other flare-ups between Moscow and Western powers. The temperature of the relationship is heading back toward lows last reached when Russia annexed...

    Vladimir Putin cancels France trip amid new Russia-West tensions
    Oct11

    Vladimir Putin cancels France trip amid new Russia-West tensions

    PARIS — Russian President Vladimir Putin called off a trip to Paris next week after declining an offer to meet François Hollande solely for talks on Syria, Reuters quoted a source in the French presidency as saying on Tuesday. “There were contacts between the Kremlin and the Elysée this morning to offer to Putin a working visit on Syria, but...

    Britain’s Brexit delusions
    Oct11

    Britain’s Brexit delusions

    Just eight months after David Cameron promised Britons “the best of both worlds” if they voted to stay in the European Union on his renegotiated terms, Britain is hurtling toward the worst of all worlds — a swift, hard Brexit on unfavorable trade terms. The dynamics of British politics since the June referendum have vaporized the softer options...

    Georgia’s pro-Western parties pull ahead in national vote
    Oct09

    Georgia’s pro-Western parties pull ahead in national vote

    The governing party of Georgia is strongly in the lead in the parliamentary election, according to the National Commission. After a count of votes from about two-thirds of the country’s precincts the commission said Sunday that the Georgian Dream party, a pro-Western, reformist party, which has been in power since 2012, had tallied just...

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