from The Great Debate:

Are Ukraine and the U.S. allies or not?

By M. Rojansky, T.E. Graham and M. Kofman
June 10, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

from The Great Debate:

Want to know Vladimir Putin’s secrets? They’re all right on his face.

By Dan Hill
June 10, 2015

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“I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes,” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) joked after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, “and I saw three things: a ‘K’ and a ‘G’ and a ‘B.’”

from MacroScope:

A bit of Greek clarity from an act of defiance

By Mike Peacock
June 5, 2015

People make their way past a stencil by street artist Flip in Athens

Greece’s decision to delay a 300-million-euro payment to the IMF today and instead try to meet all June’s payments at the end of the month was probably an act of bravado for domestic consumption but it also clarifies things.

from MacroScope:

The end game approaches

By Mike Peacock
June 4, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras walks with European Commission President Juncker ahead of a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

One way or another, the end game for Greece approaches.

Last night, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras left talks with senior EU officials in Brussels saying a deal with creditors was "within sight" and that Athens would make a payment due to the IMF on Friday.

from The Great Debate:

Why investors who bet big on Ukraine should shoulder their own losses

By Josh Cohen
June 3, 2015

Elderly woman begs for money near a currency exchange office in Kiev

An elderly woman begs for money near a currency exchange office in Kiev July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

from The Great Debate:

Vladimir Putin is not planning annexation of Ukraine enclaves, but diplomacy is flailing

By Lucian Kim
May 29, 2015

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' on the Russians side of the border with Ukraine, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

from MacroScope:

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.

from The Great Debate:

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

from MacroScope:

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.

from MacroScope:

Will Tsipras spring something in Riga?

By Mike Peacock
May 21, 2015

Greece's PM Tsipras, Malta's PM Muscat, EU Commission President Juncker and France's President Hollande attend an EU leaders summit in BrusselsGreek premier Alexis Tsipras is pinning his hopes on using an EU leaders summit in Riga with eastern European partners from Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and others to strike the broad outline of a cash-for-reforms deal to stave off default.