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    The Minsk Summit 2.0
    Feb13

    The Minsk Summit 2.0

    Images edited by Kevin Rothrock. World leaders pulled an all-nighter in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Wednesday in a marathon session of tense, high-stakes international diplomacy. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko welcomed two of the European Union’s most powerful leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President...

    EU keeps pressure on Russia amid caution over Ukraine truce deal
    Feb13

    EU keeps pressure on Russia amid caution over Ukraine truce deal

    The European Union agreed Thursday to press ahead with sanctions aimed at eastern Ukrainian separatists and their Russian backers, amid wariness over an agreement brokered hours earlier to halt the escalating violence.The deal, struck between Moscow,… …read more Source:...

    Minsk agreement on Ukraine – US reactions
    Feb13

    Minsk agreement on Ukraine – US reactions

    Amid a growing debate over arming Ukraine, US expectations of the Minsk talks were rock-bottom. That they didn’t fail outright is seen as a positive – but deep skepticism remains. Richard Walker reports from Washington. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Putin’s ‘dream’ is for Russia and Ukraine to form new ‘Eurasian union’
    Feb13

    Putin’s ‘dream’ is for Russia and Ukraine to form new ‘Eurasian union’

    DCU conference on Ukraine crisis hears of Moscow’s desire to create ‘special relationship’ with Ukraine …read more Source: The Irish...

    “Drastic Decline” Seen in World Press Freedom
    Feb13

    “Drastic Decline” Seen in World Press Freedom

    Source: Reporters Without BordersBy Leila LemghalefUNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2015 (IPS)A leading advocacy group warns of a “worldwide deterioration in freedom of information” last year.Out of the 180 countries being surveyed, two-thirds have slipped in standards compared to last year, according to the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press...

    Ukraine ceasefire deal will be tough to implement, Poroshenko says
    Feb13

    Ukraine ceasefire deal will be tough to implement, Poroshenko says

    Russia, Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists on Thursday reached a new agreement to stop the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, but the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, warned that it would be tough to implement.”It was a very difficult… …read more Source:...

    EU warns of more sanctions if Russia flouts ceasefire
    Feb13

    EU warns of more sanctions if Russia flouts ceasefire

    EU leaders gave a “cautious” welcome to the Ukraine ceasefire deal on Thursday (12 February) but warned they might impose further sanctions if it isn’t implemented. …read more Source:...

    EU views Ukraine deal cautiously
    Feb13

    EU views Ukraine deal cautiously

    Realism tinged with relief was the dominant mood among leaders of the European Union today as they began to absorb the details of an agreement wrung out of the Russian and Ukrainian presidents overnight by the leaders of France and Germany. The mood was set by Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, as she headed into the EU summit in Brussels...

    Greek defiance masks important concessions
    Feb13

    Greek defiance masks important concessions

    Greece’s hated bailout memorandum and the ‘troika’ of officials that enforced it “no longer exist”, Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s new prime minister, declared tonight (13 February) following his first European Council. Yet in the margins of the meeting he authorised Greece’s experts to enter into technical discussions with...

    EU to step up counter-terrorism co-operation
    Feb13

    EU to step up counter-terrorism co-operation

    EU leaders meeting in Brussels today (12 February) called for increased use of existing cross-border co-operation tools to track terrorist fighters returning from fighting in Syria. But they stopped short of calling for a immediate revision of the EU’s Schengen Border Code. Though today’s informal summit was originally supposed to...

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