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North Korean Crisis Reveals Biggest Rift in US-EU Relations Since WWII
Previously obedient European allies of Washington have openly criticized Donald Trump's policy toward North Korea, political commentator Rostislav Ishchenko writes, adding that for the first time since the Second World War "the West" is split over the issue of war and peace. Washington's ramping up of the war of words with [...]
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Yanukovych’s “Trial” in Ukraine: a Coup That Doesn’t Let to Forget Itself
A British writer and journalist Edward Lucas, one of the pioneers of the theory presenting Russia as an existential threat to the US and the European Union, several years ago coined the term of “whataboutism.” The term is supposed to denote the inclination of Russian media to question the moral ground of Western accusati [...]
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Military Solution to N Korean Problem to Have ‘Terrible Consequences’ – Berlin
The German government reiterated German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for a diplomatic and political solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The German government believes that a military solution to the North Korean issue will have terrible consequences, spokesman Steffan Seibert said. [...]
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Sanctions to ‘Break Europe Away From US’, Facilitate EU-Russia Ties
Russia will only stand to gain from US sanctions, which also threaten to sour Washington’s relations with its European partners, political analyst Dmitry Solonnikov told Sputnik. "The sanctions will not only have negative consequences for Russia, but will also hurt Europe and the US itself.   [...]
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Europeans Start to Realize Consequences of US Military Involvement in Ukraine
The German media has characterized US arms deliveries to Ukraine as a nightmare. In an interview with Sputnik, political analyst Igor Shatrov said that this opinion is shared by all Europeans who have fallen victim to Washington’s sanctions. [...]
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Berlin calls for retaliation against ‘illegal’ US sanctions on Russia
New penalties against Moscow proposed by US lawmakers violate international law and officials in Brussels should consider countermeasures, the German economy minister said on Monday. "We consider this as being against international law, plain and simple,"Brigitte Zypries told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain. [...]
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EU to Become Global Balancer if It Gains Geopolitical Independence From the US
Washington's relentless efforts to fence off and punish countries which protect their own national interests and maintain sovereignty will result in the isolation of the US, geopolitical analyst Gilbert Mercier predicted in his interview with Sputnik. [...]
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US sanctions won’t stop Russia’s pipeline project to Europe
The latest US sanctions targeting Russia's oil and gas sector will cause Gazprom some headaches in building the new gas pipeline to Germany, experts say. However, US restrictions are unlikely to stop the project. "The price of any project automatically increases," Tatiana Mitrova, director of the Skolkovo Energy Center told [...]
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‘It’s a Nightmare’: German Media on US Supplies of Lethal Weapons to Ukraine
Since the presidency of Barack Obama, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has demanded arms supplies from the US. However, the prospect of Washington satisfying Kiev's request frightens Germany and France, Deutschlandfunk radio station reported. [...]
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Where German Gold Is Stored and How to Bring It Back to the Country
Germany's gold bars have been kept abroad since the end of the WWII. The activist campaign "Bring our gold back home!" demands the return of the gold reserves to German soil. The process of repatriation is already underway. In early 2017, it was reported that Germany's Bundesbank had repatriated almost half its gold reserves [...]
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New Russia Sanctions Put US & Europe on the Brink of Major Trade War
White House officials have been sending mixed signals regarding President Trump's stance on the new Russia sanctions bill. Political scientist Sergei Sudakov says Washington's uncertainty makes sense, since the bill puts the US and Europe on the path to a major trade war.   [...]
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Why Europe Doesn’t Feel Right Without Gaddafi
It appears that Brussels is about to pin its hopes on Libyan National Army Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who has recently liberated Benghazi from Islamists, Radio Sputnik contributor Vladimir Bychkov noted. In contrast to other Libyan "leaders" Haftar has real power, he added. [...]
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‘Revenge motives’: Immigrant killed elderly Austrian couple over alleged far-right links, police say
“Revenge and political motives” drove a 54-year-old Tunisian immigrant to plot and execute the murder of an elderly Austrian couple over their alleged sympathy towards a far-right party, local police said. [...]
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Open Season: Ordinary Czechs Get Right to Shoot Terrorists on Sight
Deputies in the Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing ordinary citizens to carry arms and use them in case of a public emergency such as terrorism. The Czech parliament has approved a constitutional amendment on security that allows ordinary citizens to take up arms against terror [...]
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France Finds No Traces of Russian Hackers in Attack on Macron’s Campaign
France has found no traces of Russian hackers in a cyberattack on President Emmanuel Macron's campaign, the head of the French National Agency of Information Systems Security (ANSSI) told AP. [...]
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‘Poland Drifting Away From EU’ Amid Refugee Spat
Poland is drifting away from the EU, which demands that Warsaw accept refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, former Polish member of the European Parliament, Joannа Senyszyn, told Sputnik. “The EU has repeatedly warned Poland over its refusal to take in refugees and [the changes to the country’s constitution [...]
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Germany can’t rely on ‘erratic’ Donald Trump, Merkel’s election rival warns
Berlin cannot rely on an "erratic" Donald Trump, and it remains unknown whether it can rely on the US as a whole, German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz has stated. Schulz, a Social Democrat (SPD) and the main challenger to Angela Merkel in the upcoming September election, made the comments at a party convention on Sunday. [...]
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