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    Ukraine and Russia are both trapped by the war in Donbas
    May25

    Ukraine and Russia are both trapped by the war in Donbas

    ON APRIL 12TH 2014 Igor Girkin, a former Russian military officer also known as “Strelkov” (“Shooter”), sneaked across the border into Ukraine’s Donbas region with a few dozen men and took control of the small town of Sloviansk, igniting Europe’s bloodiest war since the 1990s. To create the impression of strength, Mr Girkin, an...

    Ukraine is struggling with corruption, sometimes successfully
    May25

    Ukraine is struggling with corruption, sometimes successfully

    UKRAINE is fighting two wars. One is near its eastern border, where it faces Russian aggression. The other is at its core, where it is wrestling with some of the worst corruption of any post-Soviet state. The war against corruption is only starting, and the fighting is carried out office by office, ministry by ministry. Naftogaz, a state oil and...

    Another Eurovision song contest, another diplomatic crisis
    May04

    Another Eurovision song contest, another diplomatic crisis

    Crimea river ODDLY for a pop show that is meant to be apolitical, the Eurovision song contest causes a fission of fury nearly every year. In 2014 Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen from Austria, won the annual festival of kitsch, leading to calls in Russia and Belarus for Ms Wurst’s song not to be transmitted and accusations that the show...

    Aleksei Navalny brings Russia’s opposition back to life
    Mar30

    Aleksei Navalny brings Russia’s opposition back to life

    NOBODY inside or outside Russia saw it coming. The government seemed to have established complete control over politics, marginalising the opposition with nationalist adventures in Ukraine and Syria. Vladimir Putin’s approval rating had stabilised at more than 80%. After Donald Trump’s victory in America, the Kremlin had proclaimed...

    Dutch voters’ anger is fuelling populism
    Mar09

    Dutch voters’ anger is fuelling populism

    GEENPEIL (“no poll”) is a new Dutch political party that has the unusual distinction of having no programme. Instead it promises to ask its members how to vote on every bill, via an online interface. Its founder, Bart Nijman, thinks this will help solve the biggest problem in Dutch politics: the sense many citizens have that they are ruled by an...

    How Moldova escaped the effects of a giant banking crisis
    Feb16

    How Moldova escaped the effects of a giant banking crisis

    At least the wine is safe MOLDOVA is a country of ignominious records. It is by far Europe’s poorest place. Among countries that bother to count foreign tourists, only Tuvalu welcomes fewer. To these dubious achievements, this little Romanian-speaking former Soviet republic added a new one in 2014. A leaked report revealed that up to $1bn,...

    Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it
    Feb16

    Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it

    AT ISTANBUL’S naval museum, around the corner from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s residence, reminders of one of Europe’s biggest geopolitical rivalries are everywhere. A bust commemorates Hasan Pasha of Algiers, a commander in a battle in which the Russian fleet burned the Ottoman one to a crisp. The remnants of the...

    Ukraine’s leaders may be giving up on reuniting the country
    Feb09

    Ukraine’s leaders may be giving up on reuniting the country

    Square peace agreement, round war FROM her roadside stall in eastern Ukraine, Svetlana Tsymbal watches the cars creep past the Mayorsk checkpoint. This used to be a peaceful provincial highway. Now it is a border crossing at the front line of a conflict that has left some 10,000 people dead. Parents return home “to the other side” after visiting...

    As America and Russia talk, Ukraine fights
    Feb02

    As America and Russia talk, Ukraine fights

    Tanks for calling THE timing was ominous. A day after the first, seemingly cordial telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the residents of Avdiivka, a small town on the Ukrainian side of the conflict line with Russian-backed separatists, heard the echoes of heavy artillery fire. The conflict that Russia started in Ukraine...

    Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, is powerful as never before
    Dec15

    Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, is powerful as never before

    Burning bright “HELLO, you’ve called Rosneft,” goes a joke making the rounds in Moscow. “If you have an oil asset and you don’t plan to sell, press the hash key.” The Russian word for hash key, reshetka, also means “bars”, as in jail—where those who cross Rosneft’s head, Igor Sechin, tend to land. Mr Sechin is one of the most...

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