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    Russia and North Korea forge ‘year of friendship’ pariah alliance
    Mar12

    Russia and North Korea forge ‘year of friendship’ pariah alliance

    Neighbouring regimes declare closer co-operation as Kremlin’s role in Ukraine conflict and Kim Jong-un’s pursuit of nuclear weapons deeply rankle with westRussia and North Korea have announced they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development that could further complicate the...

    Poland to hold countrywide defense drills: resident’s adviser
    Mar12

    Poland to hold countrywide defense drills: resident’s adviser

    WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland will stress-test its defense capabilities with a series of countrywide drills involving the government, local authorities and the military in response to the Ukraine crisis, Polish president’s chief security adviser said. …read more Source:...

    Africa in foreign ministers’ focus
    Mar12

    Africa in foreign ministers’ focus

    The European Union’s relations with Africa are currently top of the agenda for a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday (16 March). The ministers had originally been expected to talk about Africa on 9 February, but instead spent two hours debating whether to delay sanctions against 19 Russians and Ukrainians by a week to help an emerging...

    Russian threat looms large over EU summit
    Mar12

    Russian threat looms large over EU summit

    European Union leaders will discuss the threat posed by Russia at next week’s European Council (19-20 March). The immediate challenge will be how the EU should respond to violations of the Minsk agreement – the ceasefire negotiated by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor and François Hollande, the French president, on the eve of the last...

    Moldovan leadership takes EU reform track
    Mar12

    Moldovan leadership takes EU reform track

    Moldova’s new prime minister will on Monday lead a large delegation to Brussels to set out his government’s plans for implementing a months-old agreement intended to modernise the country’s economy and deepen relations with the European Union. Chiril Gaburici and as many as five ministers will meet Federica Mogherini, EU high...

    Europe struggles to find its voice in Russian-language media war
    Mar12

    Europe struggles to find its voice in Russian-language media war

    Boris Nemtsov was no fan of Russian media. The opposition politician, who was assassinated in central Moscow last month, believed the use of political propaganda by the Russian government had reached dangerous levels, and drastic means were required to counter it. Krzysztof Bobinski, from the Warsaw-based think-tank Unia & Polska, met Nemtsov...

    Has Russia been treated arrogantly?
    Mar12

    Has Russia been treated arrogantly?

    One of the West’s most attractive qualities is self-criticism, but taken to extremes it corrodes self-confidence, and thus our ability to defend ourselves. We do not take our values, our promises or our allies seriously. Two new books exemplify this. One is “Frontline Ukraine: crisis in the borderlands”, by Richard Sakwa, a British academic...

    Machiavelli in Euroland
    Mar12

    Machiavelli in Euroland

    Niccolò Machiavelli is trending. More than 500 years after writing his famous treatise The Prince, Machiavelli has re-emerged as one of Europe’s most popular political thinkers. And, indeed, his book – one of the earliest political ‘how to’ manuals – has some useful advice for economic policymakers at a time of extraordinarily...

    IMF seeks ‘immediate’ stabilization in latest Ukraine bailout
    Mar12

    IMF seeks ‘immediate’ stabilization in latest Ukraine bailout

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund has agreed to pump $10 billion into Ukraine’s troubled economy over the next year, providing swift assistance for the country’s struggling finances as part of a larger four-year bailout. …read more Source:...

    US slams sanctions on Ukrainian rebels, Russian
    Mar12

    US slams sanctions on Ukrainian rebels, Russian

    The United States yesterday placed sanctions on eight Ukrainian separatists and a Russian bank, warning that recent attacks by rebels armed by Russia violated a European-brokered ceasefire in the war-torn country. The sanctions signal Washington is ratcheting up pressure on Moscow a day after accusing Russia of sending tanks and heavy military...

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