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    POLITICO Caucus participants: February 2016
    Feb18

    POLITICO Caucus participants: February 2016

    Find the article on POLITICO’s Caucus poll here. Joaquín Almunia, Former Vice President and European Commpetrssioner for Competition, European Commission, Brussels; Former Leader of the Opposition and Minister of Employment, Madrid Petras Austrevicius, Lithuanian MEP, Chairman of delegation for relations with Afghanistan, Vice Chair of...

    Soccer player in trouble for pro-Putin T-shirt
    Feb17

    Soccer player in trouble for pro-Putin T-shirt

    Russian soccer club Lokomotiv Moscow is in hot water after midfielder Dmitri Tarasov unveiled a T-shirt praising Vladimir Putin in a match against Turkish side Fenerbahçe. Tarasov took off his shirt after his side’s 2-0 loss in the Europa League in Istanbul on Tuesday to reveal a T-shirt with Putin’s face and the words “Most polite...

    Ukraine’s PM survives no-confidence vote
    Feb17

    Ukraine’s PM survives no-confidence vote

    KIEV — Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the prime minister of Ukraine, received another lease of political life Tuesday when the country’s parliament rejected a no-confidence motion that would have seen him and his cabinet removed from office. Supporters of the motion fell well short of the 226 votes needed to remove the government, with 194 voting to...

    Ukraine heads into the abyss
    Feb16

    Ukraine heads into the abyss

    This week, Ukraine’s ruling political elite is doing what it does best: behaving irresponsibly. On this occasion, Ukraine’s leaders have plunged the country into a potential political crisis that comes at a time when Ukraine faces strains on its hard currency reserves, weak economic performance, and signs of an upsurge in violence on...

    An Eastern European frozen conflict the EU got right
    Feb16

    An Eastern European frozen conflict the EU got right

    Even as Russia and the West rang in the new year still publicly at loggerheads over Ukraine, the EU sealed a deal with Russia over another Eastern European frozen conflict zone: Transnistria. The unrecognized statelet of Transnistria broke away from newly independent Moldova in 1990, and is famous as a Soviet nostalgia theme park. Its statues of...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko urges PM Yatsenyuk to resign
    Feb16

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko urges PM Yatsenyuk to resign

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday he wanted Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to step down, following a series of high-profile resignations from his increasingly unpopular government. Presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko tweeted: “In order to restore trust in the government, the president asked the prosecutor general and...

    EU lifts most sanctions against Belarus
    Feb15

    EU lifts most sanctions against Belarus

    EU countries agreed Monday to lift most of the sanctions the bloc had imposed against Belarus in recognition of steps taken by the former Soviet state over the past two years, but said some human rights concerns remain. Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels decided not to extend restrictive measures against 170 individuals and three companies in...

    Ukraine and Russia in truck stand-off
    Feb15

    Ukraine and Russia in truck stand-off

    Ukraine banned Russian trucks from crossing its territory Monday, following a similar move by Moscow over the weekend. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that “madmen and bandits … are trying to stop our heavy goods vehicles,” after activists in western Ukraine began stopping trucks on Thursday. Russian trucks are now stopped in...

    McCain: Putin using refugee crisis as a weapon
    Feb15

    McCain: Putin using refugee crisis as a weapon

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to worsen the refugee crisis in order to split Europe and America and undermine the EU, U.S. Senator John McCain said Sunday. “Mr. Putin is not interested in being our partner,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee told the Munich Security...

    3 ways to stop ‘revisionist, militaristic’ Russia
    Feb11

    3 ways to stop ‘revisionist, militaristic’ Russia

    MUNICH — The great and the good of the Atlantic security elites, and a few of their adversaries, face an unusually complex series of challenges as they gather for their annual summit in Munich this week. It was here, in February 2007, that President Vladimir Putin first threw down the gauntlet to the West, although his language was relatively...

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