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Greek claim and counter-claim

By Mike Peacock
May 28, 2015

German Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Tsipras leave after addressing news conference in Berlin

Another day of claim and counter-claim.

The Greek government said a deal with its lenders had reached the drafting stage and would not require wages and pensions cuts or reforms to the VAT regime. It didn’t take long for euro zone officials to retort that this simply was not the case and that the two sides remained far apart.

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Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

By Josh Cohen
May 26, 2015

A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in Fokino

A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in the town of Fokino in Russia's far-eastern Primorsky region March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

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Why Poland’s presidential election may shake up the European Union

By Ola Cichowlas
May 22, 2015

Polish President Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to media after casting votes in presidential election at polling station in Warsaw

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to the media after voting in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski / Agencja Gazeta

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Tsipras gets no leeway in Riga

By Mike Peacock
May 22, 2015

Latvian President Berzins welcomes Greek Prime Minister Tsipras at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga

The Greek government states that a cash-for-reforms deal with the EU and IMF can be finalized in the next 10 days but the other side is much less optimistic and there was no sign of a breakthrough at the EU summit in Riga which Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had been pinning some hope on.

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Why this Ukrainian ‘revolution’ may be doomed, too

By Lucian Kim
May 17, 2015

U.S. serviceman trains Ukrainian soldiers during joint military exercise in Yavoriv

A serviceman of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (R) trains Ukrainian soldiers during a joint military exercise called "Fearless Guardian 2015" outside Lviv, Ukraine, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

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Watching Draghi at the IMF

By Mike Peacock
May 14, 2015

European Central Bank President Draghi and Vice President Constancio leave after addressing an ECB news conferenc in Frankfurt

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is in Washington for talks at the International Monetary Fund and will deliver a speech there. Presumably Greece will be item 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the agenda.

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Iron curtains: The world’s new dividing lines are no better than the old

By Yuliya Komska
May 14, 2015

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015

Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China's President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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IMF paid but how much money does Greece have left?

By Mike Peacock
May 12, 2015

Greece's Finance Minister Varoufakis and Eurogroup chairman Dijsselbloem talk during an euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels

Greece made a 750 million euros repayment to the International Monetary Fund a day ahead of schedule on Monday but it is not clear precisely how much money Athens has left in its coffers.

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Moscow uses tanks, Berlin words in World War Two commemorations

By Lucian Kim
May 8, 2015

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square in central Moscow

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank (front) during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin