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Belarusians weigh their futures as Lukashenko hangs on to power
Sep27

Belarusians weigh their futures as Lukashenko hangs on to power

MINSK — Alexander Lukashenko’s secret inauguration this week made it clear he’s got no intention of quitting Belarus. That’s forcing a growing number of professionals, especially from Belarus’ burgeoning IT sector, to decide whether to stay and fight or to take their skills elsewhere. “For many people, it’s just...

2020: The year diplomacy died
Sep24

2020: The year diplomacy died

PARIS — This week’s virtual United Nations General Assembly could be a metaphor for the decline of diplomacy and of efforts to maintain a rules-based international order instead of the law of the jungle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders are delivering a series of video monologues without being able to meet in New York for the...

[Ticker] Russia loses EU sanctions appeal
Sep18

[Ticker] Russia loses EU sanctions appeal

The EU’s top court has ruled that Europe acted legally when imposing sanctions on Russian energy firms and banks over its invasion of Ukraine in 2014. “The companies in question could not reasonably have been unaware of the reasons why the targeted restrictions at issue were imposed on them,” it said Thursday. The verdict...

Von der Leyen challenges EU capitals to step up
Sep16

Von der Leyen challenges EU capitals to step up

Brussels is stepping up to tackle the big crises, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared Wednesday in her first State of the European Union speech, and she pointedly challenged EU capitals and international powers to do the same. In the wide-ranging, plain-spoken address to the European Parliament, von der Leyen issued a...

Navalny poisoning shows why Putin’s pipeline must be stopped
Sep16

Navalny poisoning shows why Putin’s pipeline must be stopped

Konrad Szymański is Poland’s minister for European affairs. WARSAW — For anyone in the West who believed in the possibility of “normal” relations with Moscow, the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny last month should have been a rude awakening. The attack — using the nerve agent Novichok, a modus operandi for Russian...

Lukashenko hunts for Belarus opposition leaders
Sep16

Lukashenko hunts for Belarus opposition leaders

MINSK — Svetlana Alexievich is something very rare in Belarus. It’s not just that she’s a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, but she’s also one of the few opposition leaders not under arrest or in exile. Alexievich is the last of seven senior members of the Coordination Council, an opposition body set up to ensure a...

[Ticker] MEPs demand Ukraine protect LGBTI marches
Sep11

[Ticker] MEPs demand Ukraine protect LGBTI marches

A group of 35 MEPs from the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup has urged the government and police in Ukraine to guarantee protection for the upcoming Pride marches in Kharkiv and Zaporizhia. “The situation of anti-LGBTI counter-protests, which are often violent, is unfortunately not new to Ukraine, and therefore the police...

Why Germany can’t say no to Nord Stream
Sep11

Why Germany can’t say no to Nord Stream

BERLIN — At the center of Germany’s debate over what do about Nord Stream 2 lies this simple question: Does the country really even need a second 1,230 kilometer Baltic pipeline? As a German might say, jein (yes and no). The fate of the €10 billion project, which though nearly complete has been delayed by U.S. interventions, is hanging in...

Foreign policy is open | Ukrayinska Pravda – Ukraine
Sep04

Foreign policy is open | Ukrayinska Pravda – Ukraine

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Security alert brings back Cold War memories for Sweden
Sep04

Security alert brings back Cold War memories for Sweden

GOTLAND, Sweden — On Sweden’s Baltic Sea island of Gotland, Cold War-style security alerts are back. Last week, a mixture of Russian military maneuvers and Western nations’ offshore training operations triggered a rare mobilization of Swedish troops, with tanks sent to guard the main Gotland port and jet fighters flying overhead. The...