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    Why we’re not safe from Grexit yet
    Feb01

    Why we’re not safe from Grexit yet

    ATHENS — A team of analysts from one of the main credit rating agencies smiled condescendingly across a boardroom table one recent afternoon, when asked about the likelihood of a Greek exit from the euro. It was clear they dismissed the idea. There is virtually no chance of Greece leaving the eurozone, they assured me. This is not the first time...

    In Ukraine’s universities, trading bribes for diplomas
    Jan30

    In Ukraine’s universities, trading bribes for diplomas

    KIEV, Ukraine — I hadn’t paid a bribe in my home country until it was time to defend my doctoral dissertation. I tucked $200 in page six of my manuscript before I handed it to my adviser. His department colleagues insisted on the illicit practice when I complained that my professor refused to touch my thesis for more than three weeks. The...

    Moldova’s pro-Western facade
    Jan30

    Moldova’s pro-Western facade

    On the night of January 20, protesters on the streets of Moldova’s capital Chișinău stormed the Parliament building amid widespread anger over the way President Nicolae Timofti appointed, and MPs hurriedly approved, his new government. Many Western media outlets have described these events as popular, Russian-backed protests against a...

    Top 10 moments of the GOP debate
    Jan29

    Top 10 moments of the GOP debate

    There was a Donald Trump-sized void in the Republican debate lineup tonight. The New York billionaire and Republican front-runner followed through on his boycott of the event, sponsored by Fox News, and held his own rally nearby. Without him there, the sparring was gentler and even, at times, friendly. Here’s a rundown of the most memorable...

    NATO enlists ‘Ostpolitik’ expertise to deal with Moscow
    Jan28

    NATO enlists ‘Ostpolitik’ expertise to deal with Moscow

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg is looking to reduce the chances of risky military flare-ups with Moscow, like the Turkish downing of a Russian jet in November, as tensions over Ukraine remain high and war in the Middle East keeps NATO and Russian forces in close proximity to each other. Part of the answer, he says, may include German-led diplomacy....

    Court deals new blow to EU on Ukraine sanctions
    Jan28

    Court deals new blow to EU on Ukraine sanctions

    An EU court ruled Thursday that the European Union’s 2014 decision to impose sanctions on five Ukrainians should be overturned, dealing another setback to the bloc’s ongoing efforts to blacklist businessmen and former officials from Ukraine. The General Court of the EU ordered that the men, including former prime minister Mykola...

    NATO chief celebrates ‘close to zero’ defense cuts
    Jan28

    NATO chief celebrates ‘close to zero’ defense cuts

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg praised the change in trend on military spending in Europe on Thursday, saying cutbacks had practically stopped — while urging more action to counter threats from Russia and in the Mediterranean. “After many years of substantial cuts in defense spending, the cuts have now practically stopped among European...

    Moderate Iran is a fantasy
    Jan27

    Moderate Iran is a fantasy

    The nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S.) was a significant development. But there are a number of reasons why it should be considered with more caution than excitement. Is it really a landmark achievement for world peace and security? Many friends of the...

    What the next president must do about Putin
    Jan25

    What the next president must do about Putin

    Madam/Mr. President-to-be-elected, you will enter office facing Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a potential geostrategic threat to the United States. You will need a strategy to counter and resist this threat, which is only growing. At the moment, Putin appears to be closer to prevailing in Syria and holding steady in Ukraine, Georgia and...

    The Hidden Consequences of the Oil Crash
    Jan24

    The Hidden Consequences of the Oil Crash

    For months, American drivers have been greeted at gas stations with a pleasant surprise: Gas prices have fallen by half, dropping an average of more than $2 a gallon since their most recent peak in 2011. President Barack Obama took a moment to bask in the credit last week in his State of the Union speech: “Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t...

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