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    Star Wars in Ukraine: Poroshenko vs Kolomoisky
    Dec21

    Star Wars in Ukraine: Poroshenko vs Kolomoisky

    GENEVA, Switzerland — One evening in late October, the skies above Dnipropetrovsk whirled with the sound of helicopters. Below, armored vehicles and a 500-strong SWAT team moved in assault formation. Even by Ukrainian standards, it was a dramatic scene. As he was dragged from his doorstep, the target of the exaggerated raid — the...

    Trump’s competitors don’t want Putin’s approval
    Dec20

    Trump’s competitors don’t want Putin’s approval

    Republican presidential candidates trailing Donald Trump are making it clear they don’t want the same endorsement the billionaire businessman and entertainer got from Russian president Vladimir Putin. This week, Putin said Trump is “a very bright and talented man.” In response, Trump said he appreciated “when people call you brilliant” and...

    Why EU budgeting can’t have it both ways
    Dec19

    Why EU budgeting can’t have it both ways

    Never mind POLITICO’s test of whether you can tell the difference between the European Union and Star Wars: Members of the European Parliament have issued an alternative test of how sad your life is. Since Christmas and New Year already constitute a sufficiently difficult time for those whose lives lack purpose, you might not feel the need...

    Russian pipeline plan draws EU fire
    Dec18

    Russian pipeline plan draws EU fire

    Plans to double the capacity of the Russia-backed Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany would only serve to consolidate Moscow’s grip on the European gas market, European Council President Donald Tusk warned Friday. Central and Eastern European countries, together with Italy, forced the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline expansion onto the agenda...

    Trump heaps more praise on Putin: ‘At least he’s a leader’
    Dec18

    Trump heaps more praise on Putin: ‘At least he’s a leader’

    Donald Trump on Friday expanded upon his welcoming of praise from Russian President Vladimir Putin, remarking that “when people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia,” even when that person happens to be not so friendly to journalists. In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe...

    Kharkiv, city of vagabonds and poets
    Dec18

    Kharkiv, city of vagabonds and poets

    I was recently in Kharkiv for a conference on how to build dialogue in times of conflict. It seemed the right sort of place to have this conversation. During the revolution and subsequent war in Ukraine, Kharkiv — the country’s second largest city just 40 kilometers from the Russian border — saw violent clashes between pro-Russian and...

    Report: Renzi planning to fire Italy’s EU ambassador
    Dec17

    Report: Renzi planning to fire Italy’s EU ambassador

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is planning to fire his ambassador to the European Union, Stefano Sannino, according to newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. The news, which has not yet been officially announced, came only hours before the start of an EU summit at which Renzi is expected to vent his frustration with Europe at a time of mounting...

    Vladimir Putin: Political solution on Syria is possible
    Dec17

    Vladimir Putin: Political solution on Syria is possible

    Vladimir Putin will support U.S. efforts to defeat Islamic State but Moscow would never agree to outside forces deciding who should govern Syria, the Russian president said Thursday. Speaking at his end-of-year news conference, Putin said Moscow supports the draft United Nations Security Council resolution to strengthen sanctions against those...

    IMF rules Ukraine must repay Russian bond
    Dec17

    IMF rules Ukraine must repay Russian bond

    The International Monetary Fund ruled Wednesday that Ukraine must repay a $3 billion bond bought by Russia in 2013. Kiev had been trying to force Moscow to accept restructuring terms agreed with U.S. investment firm Franklin Templeton but Russia insisted that the debt, which matures Sunday, must be paid in full. The IMF has decided that the money...

    Why Europe shouldn’t cooperate with Russia’s economic bloc
    Dec17

    Why Europe shouldn’t cooperate with Russia’s economic bloc

    There are several encouraging developments in the European Union’s position on Ukraine and Russia. This week, EU leaders are expected to renew sanctions against Russia for its ongoing invasion of and aggression against Ukraine. Effective next month, the EU’s trade deal with Ukraine will kick in, after a year’s delay to placate...

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