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  • Greeks fear bailout deal could threaten tourism lifeblood
    July 11, 2015, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Amid the sounds of buskers playing Greek folk music, thousands of tourists wander among the ruins of the Acropolis that looms over Athens – walking in the foundations of Western […]

  • Early Greek vote count shows big rejection of more austerity
    July 5, 2015, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Greek voters are overwhelmingly rejecting a demand by the country’s lenders to impose more austerity measures on them in exchange for new bailout loans for the government in Athens. With […]

  • Europe follows US lead in tackling ‘conflict minerals’
    May 22, 2015, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers […]

  • Ukraine conflict simmers as EU courts former Soviet states
    May 20, 2015, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Six former Soviet bloc countries will attend Thursday the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia. The meeting comes amid high tensions between Europe and Russia over the future […]

  • French far-right National Front reveals Russian financing
    November 25, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Amid growing evidence of links between the Kremlin and far-right groups across Europe, France’s National Front has admitted taking a multimillion-dollar loan from a bank controlled by Russia. The admission […]

  • Ukraine wants new IMF bailout as war squeezes economy
    October 7, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    As the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank gets underway in Washington, Ukraine wants to adjust the terms of its $17 billion bailout. Kyiv says […]

  • Deadly attacks In Donetsk test Ukraine peace deal
    October 1, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    After a series of attacks by pro-Moscow militia, Ukraine’s prime minister has accused Russia of failing to honor the cease-fire agreement signed on September 5. At least nine Ukrainian soldiers […]

  • 130 000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as IS nears border
    September 23, 2014, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    More than 130,000 refugees have flooded into Turkey from Syria in the past few days, as the jihadist group Islamic State bears down on the Syrian border town of Kobane.  […]