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April 17, 2014, by Alex Bivol

As the Ukrainian crisis shows no signs of speedy resolution, one of the main corollaries of the situation has been the flurry of activity surrounding the South Stream gas pipeline […]

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Hungarian election results: Some comfort for everyone

April 11, 2014, by The Budapest Times

The Hungarian election has ended in a clear victory for the governing party, Fidesz. But some underlying details provide interesting and important ins ...

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Turkish PM Erdogan’s presidential bid faces bumpy road

April 10, 2014, by Dorian Jones of VOANews

With Turkey’s ruling party having won a resounding victory in nationwide local elections on March 30, observers claim the door has opened up for ...

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Analysis: Putin’s next move

April 6, 2014, by Catherine Maddux of

With Russian troops amassed on the Ukraine border, some observers are  worrying about what is being called a “post-Crimea crisis.”And as the West ...

    Ukraine: Battling over an economic midget
    April 3, 2014, by Alois Berger of Deutsche Welle

    In the foreseeable future, Ukraine is going to cost the West a lot of money. The European Union has earmarked 1.6 billion euros ($2.2 billion) for short-term aid. The United […]

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    Putin and Crimea: A New World Order?
    March 30, 2014, by Catherine Maddux of

    With the stroke of his pen, Russian President Vladimir Putin deepened the divide between East and West by signing a document that officially made Ukraine’s Black Sea region of Crimea […]

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    Fico’s presidential Waterloo
    March 30, 2014, by Beata Balogova of The Slovak Spectator

    Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico will have to swallow a bitter political pill in the next few days after he saw his presidential dream vanquished by a man he had […]

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    Opinion: Russia gets the boot – now what?
    March 26, 2014, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is right. In recent years, the G8 summits have made few concrete decisions. In fact, commentators have often talked of the death-knell ringing on the […]

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    Between Crimea and Cyprus
    March 18, 2014, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    Amid the Crimea crisis, it has become a popular rhetorical device to liken the situation of the breakaway territory to Kosovo – or, as former US secretary of state Madeline […]