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    The women fighting on the frontline in Ukraine
    Mar05

    The women fighting on the frontline in Ukraine

    Six female volunteers in the struggle against pro-Russian separatists talk about the decision to go to battle for their country – and their hopes for life after warThe volunteer battalions fighting alongside Ukraine’s army are known for being fearless on the battlefield. They also have a reputation for fierce nationalism and far-right...

    EU to revise relations with turbulent neighbourhood
    Mar05

    EU to revise relations with turbulent neighbourhood

    A decade after launching it, the EU is trying to bring new life to its Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which has been rendered largely irrelevant by developments in Ukraine and around the Mediterranean. …read more Source:...

    Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin?
    Mar05

    Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin?

    Talking to Russians young and old, Jana Bakunina found five main reasons why support for the president has not declined in the face of international pressure. Vladimir Putin addressing a rally of supporters at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow in 2012. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images The news of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian...

    EU forced to stand firm on Russia
    Mar05

    EU forced to stand firm on Russia

    European leaders are embarking on two weeks of intense debate about whether to exert further pressure on Russia over violence in eastern Ukraine. The question will come to a head at a European Council on 19-20 March, but will be uppermost in a series of meetings over the next week, beginning with a meeting of the EU’s foreign ministers in...

    Transport and gender equality on plenary agenda
    Mar05

    Transport and gender equality on plenary agenda

    The plight of European lorry drivers affected by Russian sanctions will kick-start a parliamentary plenary sitting in Strasbourg next week (9-12 March). The Parliament’s transport and tourism committee has submitted a number of written questions that Violeta Bulc, the European commissioner for transport, is expected to answer in person. The...

    A region in flames
    Mar05

    A region in flames

    The European Union yesterday launched a consultation on its neighbourhood policy that if the conclusions are as far-reaching as the questions could enlarge, deepen and focus the EU’s engagement with the world, not just with the 16 countries that it currently labels ‘neighbours’. The consultation, which should translate into a revised...

    Why was Boris Nemtsov murdered?
    Mar05

    Why was Boris Nemtsov murdered?

    Boris Nemtsov, my closest friend in Russian politics, is dead. My immediate reaction to his murder was misery and fury. Now, it is fear for what it may herald. One set of possibilities surrounds the theory that his assassination was ordered by the Putin regime. It could be a simple attempt to silence him. Nemtsov was about to release a report on...

    Ukraine mine explosion: At least 24 dead and nine missing following methane blast
    Mar05

    Ukraine mine explosion: At least 24 dead and nine missing following methane blast

    A methane gas explosion in a coal mine has killed at least 24 workers in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: The...

    Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter
    Mar04

    Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya has sought permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic. …read more Source:...

    Mukhtar Ablyazov: French court orders wanted former Kazakh minister to be extradited to Russia or Ukraine
    Mar04

    Mukhtar Ablyazov: French court orders wanted former Kazakh minister to be extradited to Russia or Ukraine

    Former billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov, who fled what was the biggest ever fraud case to be heard in the UK, has been ordered by a French court to be extradited. …read more Source: The...

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