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    NATO boots in Central Europe to tackle Russian threat
    Feb10

    NATO boots in Central Europe to tackle Russian threat

    NATO will deploy troops to frontline states menaced by Russia’s actions in Ukraine, defense ministers agreed Wednesday, in what the head of the alliance called “the most significant boost to our collective defense since the end of the Cold War.” The alliance will not set up military bases in a bid to counter Russian military aggression, but...

    IMF chief Lagarde warns Ukraine
    Feb10

    IMF chief Lagarde warns Ukraine

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned Ukraine Wednesday that unless the country cracks down on corruption and enacts promised reforms, it runs the risk of losing an IMF-led $40 billion bailout program crucial to saving the economy from collapse. “I am concerned about Ukraine’s slow progress in...

    German-Turkish refugee request ambushes NATO talks
    Feb09

    German-Turkish refugee request ambushes NATO talks

    Military alliances don’t like surprises, which is why NATO was taken aback by an apparently impromptu German and Turkish proposal that it should take on a new role in the refugee crisis, such as sea patrols against human traffickers in the Aegean. The initiative — fruit of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Prime Minister Ahmet...

    Ghost of European re-nationalism
    Feb09

    Ghost of European re-nationalism

    Later this week, NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the two biggest issues testing transatlantic security: a newly aggressive Russia and the terrorist threat posed by a burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Left unaddressed, however, is Europe’s most immediate and perhaps most significant challenge — the...

    5 European cities on the migration frontline
    Feb09

    5 European cities on the migration frontline

    Europe’s mayors are angry. On the frontline of the continent’s fight against migration, city leaders see national governments and the European Union drawing up plans to tackle the refugee crisis that do little, if anything, to protect their citizens. Some are taking matters into their own hands, and tapping into years of experience in...

    How migrants brought Central Europe together
    Feb07

    How migrants brought Central Europe together

    By joining NATO and the EU at the turn of century, the Visegrád Group fulfilled its original purpose — to integrate Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic into Western democratic institutions. But the group has struggled to find a common cause since, despite cooperation on issues like the digital single market and common support for...

    Ukraine’s political suicide
    Feb05

    Ukraine’s political suicide

    KIEV — Ukraine’s fledgling democracy edged closer to dismembering itself this week, as one of the most reform-minded members of the government stepped down. In his resignation letter, Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavičius accused old political elites of systematically blocking much-needed reforms and paralyzing the fight against rampant...

    A Putin dissident in winter
    Feb05

    A Putin dissident in winter

    MOSCOW — Around this time in 2012, Alexei Navalny represented the most serious threat to the Kremlin in years. His name was thrown around, at home and abroad, as a potential replacement for Vladimir Putin. He stood before crowds of tens of thousands in Moscow, leading chants for the regime’s downfall. Four winters later, Navalny is a much...

    Finance errors hamper Dutch vote on EU-Ukraine deal
    Feb03

    Finance errors hamper Dutch vote on EU-Ukraine deal

    A Dutch referendum on an EU deal with Ukraine faces administrative problems after it was revealed that half of the requests for campaign financing were filed incorrectly. A pot of €2 million of taxpayers’ money is available for the campaign ahead of an April 6 vote on the EU-Ukraine association agreement — €700,000 for the ‘Yes’ side,...

    Ukraine’s economy minister quits, blaming Poroshenko ally
    Feb03

    Ukraine’s economy minister quits, blaming Poroshenko ally

    Ukraine’s economy minister resigned Wednesday, blaming a business partner of President Petro Poroshenko for blocking economic reforms. Aivaras Abromavičius, 40, a minister since December 2014, said at a press conference that he wouldn’t be a “puppet” for officials he accused of blocking overhauls of the country’s economy and...

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