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December 21, 2014, by VOANews

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that his country would not back down from “supporting compatriots” in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow this year despite widespread Western […]

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EU leaders on Russia: After sanctions, what next?

December 21, 2014, by Lisa Bryant of VOANews

It’s a rare occasion when European Union leaders end a summit in just one day, but that’s what happened Thursday when heads of state wrapp ...

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Poroshenko orders new mobilisation, military spending increase

December 21, 2014, by The Kyiv Post

Ukraine is to hike military spending and undergo further mobilisation in 2015, according to President Petro Poroshenko. In 2015 the level of funding f ...

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EU launches Europe in Harmony video contest

December 21, 2014, by Raymond Johnston of The Prague Post

The European Economic and Social Committee has launched its annual online video competition for the third time. This year’s challenge, organized ...


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    Greece edges closer to snap election
    December 19, 2014, by Independent Balkan News Agency

    The extension of Greece’s bailout program was approved Thursday by the German parliament, giving Athens two more months to settle its political crisis and reach a crucial agreement with the […]

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    Financial markets wary as Turkish currency hits record lows
    December 18, 2014, by Dorian Jones of VOANews

    The Turkish lira hit record lows this week, following Sunday’s police raids on media establishments and an ensuing diplomatic row over the action between Turkey and the European Union. After […]

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    Greek parliament fails to elect President in first round
    December 18, 2014, by Independent Balkan News Agency

    Greek presidential candidate Stavros Dimas lost the first round of a critical ballot in parliament. The government’s candidate got 160 votes – 40 short of an outright win. If former […]