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    1. June 26, 2015

      The fearful foe that ought to unify Europe

      Last November, the city of Berlin threw itself a party. For the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, there were...

    2. June 23, 2015

      Nato comes home to its historic base in Europe

      When defence ministers from Nato’s 28 member states meet in Brussels on Wednesday, they will unveil the biggest...

    1. June 19, 2015

      Nato shows its sharp end in Polish war games

      Nato, an organisation set up to protect Europe, has harboured an unusual truth for the past 20 years: it had no plan to...

    2. June 19, 2015

      St Petersburg’s red carpet fails to hide year of economic bloodshed

      As the VIPs arrived this week at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s answer to Davos, it was almost as...

    3. June 18, 2015

      As Greece teeters, Alexis Tsipras is feted in St Petersburg

      Alexis Tsipras has alienated many fellow EU leaders as bruising talks over Greece’s bailout have pushed the country ever...

    4. June 17, 2015

      Russian mistakes and western misunderstandings

      After hearing the news of the outbreak of the 1848 Paris revolution, Nicolas I is said to have rushed to the palace to...

    5. June 15, 2015

      Litvinenko suspect claims special status at UK inquiry

      One of the two Russian suspects in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko will be allowed to give his own version of events to a...

    6. June 15, 2015

      Russian economy: An asset to the state

      Staring into the faces of Russia’s top state bankers last year, Igor Zyuzin was a man on a precipice. An eccentric oligarch...

    7. June 14, 2015

      EU’s Russia sanctions fail to dent oil deals

      Europe’s biggest oil groups are extending business deals with their Russian energy partners despite this month’s EU vote to...

    8. June 14, 2015

      Extradition attempt is political ploy, says Russian tycoon

      Sergei Pugachev, the exiled Russian tycoon once nicknamed the “Kremlin’s banker” has said a Russian attempt to extradite him...

    9. June 11, 2015

      Ukraine’s creditors must share the country’s pain

      Ukraine is fighting for its survival as an independent state. The most immediate of its numerous challenges is to reduce...

    10. June 10, 2015

      Renzi plays good cop to humour Putin and Italian business

      On Monday, Matteo Renzi stood beside fellow Group of Seven leaders as they threatened to heap further sanctions on Russia...

    11. June 9, 2015

      Russia: Border tensions

      Katarzyna Plejnis tries hard not to think of the missile launchers, tanks and thousands of Russian soldiers stationed just a...

    12. June 3, 2015

      Russia rewrites history of the Prague Spring

      According to an old Soviet joke, which alluded to the Communist party’s habit of rewriting history for ideological purposes,...

    13. June 2, 2015

      Russia missile maker blames Ukraine for MH17 plane attack

      Russian weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antey has confirmed that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile...

    14. May 31, 2015

      Europe’s problem is with Russia, not Putin

      The west acts as if it had a Vladimir Putin problem. In fact it has a Russia problem. The Russian president stands within a...

    15. May 31, 2015

      Russia imposes travel ban on ‘hostile’ EU citizens

      Russia has barred 89 EU citizens from entering the country, singling out politicians and other officials from nations that...

    16. May 29, 2015

      Andrzej Duda, accidental president

      The first time Andrzej Duda blocked his rival’s path to the presidency, Poland was in the grip of a national tragedy....

    17. May 26, 2015

      Russia says it is not ‘right time’ to deliver missiles to Iran

      Russia says it will not deliver high-end air defence missiles to Iran in the near future, despite last month lifting an...

    18. May 25, 2015

      The US can talk to Vladimir Putin and stay firm on Ukraine

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, has long enjoyed a reputation for being an indefatigable diplomat, engaging in shuttle...

    19. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection and...

    20. May 21, 2015

      Russians confronted by the ultimate test of loyalties

      As Russia became embroiled in the war in Ukraine last summer, Olga Talalay jumped at the chance to escape the politics of...

    21. May 20, 2015

      Only high-level talks can penetrate the fog of war

      Has Vladimir Putin scored a diplomatic victory against the Obama administration? Until last week, Washington was...

    22. May 20, 2015

      Russia weighs on EU’s eastern ambitions

      The last time EU leaders met the six former Soviet countries in the bloc’s Eastern Partnership programme in Vilnius,...

    23. May 18, 2015

      Russia accuses west of stirring revolution in Macedonia

      Macedonia is emerging as a potential flashpoint in a geopolitical stand-off between Russia and the west, with Moscow...

    24. May 18, 2015

      US muscles in on Ukraine peace process brokered by Europe

      The US has started muscling in on the shaky European-brokered peace process in Ukraine as the EU approaches a deadline next...

    25. May 15, 2015

      Russia economy declines 1.9% in first quarter

      Russia’s economy contracted by 1.9 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2014,...

    26. May 13, 2015

      Nato says Russian nuclear talk irresponsible

      Russia is irresponsibly stepping up its nuclear rhetoric in a bid to rattle the west, Nato’s military chief has said,...

    27. May 12, 2015

      Thousands take part in Estonia’s war games

      For more than a week now, the birch forests and heaths across Estonia have echoed with gunfire, explosions and the heavy...

    28. May 11, 2015

      We Russians need better ideas for life after Putin

      For a brief moment during the four-year presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, Russians like me hoped that our country might before...

    29. May 11, 2015

      John Kerry set for first Moscow visit since start of Ukraine war

      John Kerry is to visit Moscow on Tuesday for the first time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis that left relations...

    30. May 7, 2015

      Putin and Xi: not quite the allies they seem

      A friend in need is a friend indeed. But what sort of a friend is China really to Russia? Vladimir Putin, the Russian...

    31. May 5, 2015

      Moscow shows its military mettle in run-up to Victory Day parade

      Russia paraded some of its most modern military gear, including the world’s most advanced tank, through the streets of...

    32. May 4, 2015

      Russia looks back to the war to rekindle national pride

      May 1 was a glorious spring day in Pskov. Young people roller-skated or lounged on the banks of the Velikaya river. But...

    33. May 4, 2015

      Moscow offers bigger stakes in energy projects to lure Chinese

      A flagship Russian gas project may soon test Moscow’s newfound willingness to cede greater control of its energy assets to...

    34. May 3, 2015

      Anniversary message from west to Russia

      The 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in Europe will this week be commemorated in towns and cities across...

    35. May 2, 2015

      Lithuania accuses Russia of disrupting work on Baltic power cable

      Lithuania has accused Russian warships of interfering with work on an undersea power cable linking it to Sweden that is...

    36. April 30, 2015

      Ukrainian oligarch avoids extradition to US

      A Vienna court late on Thursday rejected a US Department of Justice request to extradite Dmitry Firtash, a Russia-linked...

    37. April 28, 2015

      Finns drop warning charges after possible sub sighting off Helsinki

      Finland’s navy dropped warning charges during a hunt for a suspected submarine in a move likely to renew speculation about...

    38. April 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin tells Russians worst of economic crisis is over

      Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the state of the economy, wages and pensions in his annual marathon phone-in...

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