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Section: The Economist (The United Kingdom)

      A thaw in EU-Russia relations is starting
      Oct10

      A thaw in EU-Russia relations is starting

      MOSCOW MIGHT as well have drafted the script of Donald Trump’s leaked call to Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25th. In it, Ukraine’s president endorsed criticism of his European partners and seemed open to a deal by which his country would disclose information damaging to Joe Biden, a possible electoral rival to Mr Trump, in return for aid...

      America and its allies are helping Ukraine to get its sea legs back
      Aug08

      America and its allies are helping Ukraine to get its sea legs back

      DRIFTING GENTLY, USS Carney floats in the Black Sea. Two Russian warships and the odd dolphin lurk nearby. Then the order is given: “Release the killer tomato.” Several warships line up alongside the 9,000-tonne destroyer, as though at a shooting gallery. A gigantic inflatable cube, garishly true to its name, is hoisted over the edge of Carney...

      How the Baltic states spot the Kremlin’s agents
      Aug01

      How the Baltic states spot the Kremlin’s agents

      THE TIP was sent by a city tech worker: a single person could, in one fell swoop, disable almost every traffic light in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. It proved true, says Aurimas Navys, a former officer at Lithuania’s State Security Department. Mr Navys, who had received the tip despite his recent retirement, made sure the...

      Volodymyr Zelensky clears the old elite out of parliament
      Jul25

      Volodymyr Zelensky clears the old elite out of parliament

      IN THE HIT Ukranian television show “Servant of the People”, the schoolteacher-turned-president, Vasyl Holoborodko, responds to resistance against his reform efforts by shooting up parliament. After being sworn in as the real-life president of Ukraine in May, Volodymyr Zelensky, the comedian behind Holoborodko’s character, carried out a...

      The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards
      Jun20

      The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards

      VLADIMIR PUTIN was asleep upstairs when the bear arrived. The Russian president’s bodyguard, Alexey Dyumin, stared at the creature through the glass doors of the mountain home. “It was quite large,” Mr Dyumin later recalled. “I opened the door and emptied my pistol at his legs.” The bear wisely turned and ran. Politicians often develop...

      Russia and America both want Moldova’s ruling oligarch to go
      Jun13

      Russia and America both want Moldova’s ruling oligarch to go

      ON JUNE 8TH Nicu Popescu was on his way to a party in London. When the train entered the Channel Tunnel at Calais he was a humble think-tanker, based in Paris. When it emerged in Britain he had become foreign minister of Moldova. Since an inconclusive election more than three months ago, Moldovan political life has been gridlocked. Now it is...

      Crimea is still in limbo five years after Russia seized it
      Jun06

      Crimea is still in limbo five years after Russia seized it

      THE METALLIC likeness of Catherine the Great towers over a park in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea. First erected in 1890 to commemorate the centenary of Catherine’s capture of the peninsula, it was torn down after the Russian revolution. After the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving Crimea part of newly-independent Ukraine, attempts to...

      The woes of vintners in occupied Crimea
      May16

      The woes of vintners in occupied Crimea

      VINES LINE the hills south of Sevastopol. Oleg Repin, a local vintner, surveys the land and recalls his days harvesting grapes as a schoolboy. “Living here, sooner or later you come in touch with wine,” he says. One of a handful of boutique Crimean winemakers hoping to revive fine wine on the peninsula, his brand, launched in 2010, now produces a...

      Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe is dawning
      Apr11

      Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe is dawning

      EUROPE’S POST-COLD-WAR history can be conveniently divided into three decade-long phases. The first, from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the introduction of the euro in 1999, was marked by institutional expansion. The period from 1999 to 2009 was one of geographical expansion as the union took in 12 new members. But since 2009...

      A TV comedian wins the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election
      Apr04

      A TV comedian wins the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election

      FEW COUNTRIES are as disposed to spectacle and phantasmagoria as Ukraine, the birthplace of Mikhail Bulgakov and Nikolai Gogol. Their shadows, surely, enveloped springtime Kiev on March 31st as a comedian who plays the president in a popular TV show “Servant of the People” emerged as the likely next president of Ukraine. Ukrainian politics have...