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    Kerry Sounds Alarm of Rising Tide of Authoritarianism
    Dec08

    Kerry Sounds Alarm of Rising Tide of Authoritarianism

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned his European counterparts about the threats posed by rising authoritarianism in Europe and around the world. Speaking Thursday at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Hamburg, Kerry said the rising trend in authoritarian thinking is accompanied by...

    Russia Promotes Soviet Legend Over Fact
    Dec08

    Russia Promotes Soviet Legend Over Fact

    Russia’s controversial minister of culture, Vladimir Medinsky, in October called a Soviet legend about 28 soldiers who died defending Moscow from invading Nazis in World War II “sacred” and anyone who questions it “scum.” A ministry-supported feature film dramatizing the story, “Panfilov’s 28,” was released to cinemas...

    EU Unblocks Visa-free Travel for Ukraine, Georgia
    Dec08

    EU Unblocks Visa-free Travel for Ukraine, Georgia

    The European Union will soon let Ukrainians and Georgians visit the bloc without needing a visa after diplomats and lawmakers struck a deal on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute that had been holding up the promised measures. Agreement on a mechanism for suspending such visa waivers in emergencies ends mounting embarrassment for some EU...

    Journalist in Crimea Charged With Extremism
    Dec08

    Journalist in Crimea Charged With Extremism

    The lawyer for a Crimean journalist says his client has been charged with extremism for allegedly undermining Russia’s territorial integrity, which could put him in prison for five years. Emil Kurbedinov said late on Wednesday that Mykola Semena, who works for a local website of Radio Free Europe, has been formally charged with extremism....

    EU Nations Agree to Let European Commission Review Oil, Gas Deals
    Dec08

    EU Nations Agree to Let European Commission Review Oil, Gas Deals

    EU nations agreed Wednesday to allow the European Commission to vet their oil and gas deals with third countries like Russia to guard against anti-competitive practices and supply disruptions. Overcoming resistance from member states wary of ceding sovereignty, the EU executive welcomed the deal with the bloc’s 28 nations and the European...

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Maintain Sanctions Against Russia
    Dec07

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Maintain Sanctions Against Russia

    NATO’s chief urged allies to maintain sanctions against Russia as foreign ministers wrapped up a two-day meeting in Brussels. The meeting also focused on European security and the upcoming Trump administration in the United States. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said cease-fire violations have increased massively in eastern...

    Ukraine Feels Let Down by EU with Visa Deal Elusive
    Dec06

    Ukraine Feels Let Down by EU with Visa Deal Elusive

    Ukraine feels let down by the European Union for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, senior Ukrainian officials said. The comments, made by two senior officials in interviews with Reuters, were unusually outspoken and cut through the public displays of bonhomie shown at a Ukraine-EU summit in Brussels in...

    US Foreign Policy Under Trump Likely to Preoccupy NATO Ministers
    Dec06

    US Foreign Policy Under Trump Likely to Preoccupy NATO Ministers

    NATO Foreign ministers face a busy agenda as they meet for year-end talks Tuesday in Brussels. But at a time when the alliance faces myriad challenges, the biggest issue is not on the official agenda: What NATO course will Donald Trump chart when he becomes U.S. president? “Trump will be on everybody’s mind,” says analyst Sven Biscop of the...

    Ukraine Ready to Join Trilateral Gas Talks in Brussels
    Dec06

    Ukraine Ready to Join Trilateral Gas Talks in Brussels

    Ukraine is ready to join trilateral talks to discuss gas issues with Russia on Dec. 9 in Brussels, Ukraine state energy company Naftogaz said on its Twitter account on Monday. The former Soviet republic has not bought gas directly from Russia since November 2015, following a breakdown in relations after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and...

    NATO Ministers to Meet With Trump on Their Minds
    Dec05

    NATO Ministers to Meet With Trump on Their Minds

    NATO foreign ministers face a busy agenda as they meet for year-end talks Tuesday in Brussels, with closer ties with the European Union topping the list. But at a time when the alliance faces myriad challenges, the biggest issue is not on the official agenda: What NATO course will Donald Trump chart when he becomes U.S. president? “Trump will be...

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