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Feb 7, 2014

Gritty tales from mean streets to New Mexico kick off Berlin film race

BERLIN, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Two powerful films, one looking at
the plight of boys abandoned in Berlin, the other about an
ex-convict haunted by his violent past, kicked off the
competition for best picture at the 64th Berlin International
Film Festival on Friday.

A third competition film, the Northern Ireland-conflict
themed “’71” capped the day with a harrowing look at a British
soldier’s plight when he is left behind in a rebellious Catholic
nationalist neighbourhood after his patrol gets ambushed in a
riot in Belfast.

Feb 7, 2014

Abandoned boys, feuding ex-con and sheriff, start Berlin race

BERLIN (Reuters) – Two powerful films, one looking at the plight of boys in Berlin abandoned by their mother, the other about an ex-convict haunted by his violent past, kicked off competition for best picture at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on Friday.

German director Edward Berger’s “Jack”, starring the immensely persuasive first-time child actor Ivo Pietzcker in the title role, is the story of the 11-year-old and his blonde-haired younger brother Manuel finding their way through a labyrinth of Berlin’s streets and its drugged-out nightlife.

Dec 10, 2013

Ukraine president digs in heels over Russia ties despite protests

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich gave no ground on Tuesday to protesters who want Kiev to move closer to the European Union, insisting his government needs to deepen trade ties with Russia instead.

In his first public appearance since meeting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin last Friday, Yanukovich ignored the demands of pro-Europe protesters, hundreds of thousands of whom have taken to the streets in the past two weeks, including thousands camped out round-the-clock in freezing temperatures.

Dec 9, 2013

Protesters fell Lenin statue, tell Ukraine’s president ‘you’re next’

KIEV (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine’s capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.

The gesture rejecting Moscow’s historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on Kiev’s Independence Square to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government.

Dec 8, 2013

Pro-Europe protesters gather for rally in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Europe protesters flocked to Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday for a rally that organizers were hoping would swell to 1 million people, piling pressure on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to turn back from seeking closer ties to Russia.

The rally, due to start at 12 p.m. (1000 GMT), will increase the tensions in a standoff between the government and protesters furious over its decision to dump a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow.

Dec 7, 2013

Ukraine opposition seeks million-strong rally in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) – Organisers hope one million protesters will turn out in Kiev on Sunday to pile more pressure on Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich as he seeks closer ties with Russia after dumping a trade pact with the European Union.

The rally will further heighten tension in the weeks-long standoff between the Yanukovich government and its opponents.

Dec 6, 2013

Ukraine’s turmoil is born of history and geography

DONETSK/LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Kiev is the stage for Ukraine’s political drama, but the script was written in its borderlands.

While the capital is convulsed by protests, the East-West tensions tugging at Ukraine are perhaps felt most in Donetsk and Lviv, two cities more than 1,000 km (600 miles) apart which are divided by history and – for some – a sense of the future.

Sep 22, 2013

Merkel eyes third term in tight German election

BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Germans voted on Sunday in an
election expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a third
four-year term, but she may be forced into an awkward coalition
with her leftist rivals following a surge in support for a new
anti-euro party.

Europe is closely watching Germany’s first national election
since the eruption of the euro zone debt crisis in 2009. Some
hope Merkel will take a softer stance on struggling euro states
such as Greece if she is pushed into a so-called grand coalition
with the Social Democrats (SPD).

Sep 17, 2013

Germans distrust Brussels, want UK to stay in EU: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) – A majority of Germans do not trust European Union institutions and one in two want Brussels to devolve more powers to EU member states, according to a poll on Tuesday that confirmed a shift to greater Euroscepticism in Europe’s largest economy.

The YouGov Deutschland survey also showed a majority of Germans believe a British exit from the EU would be bad for both Germany and the EU, and that the next German government, after Sunday’s election, should work actively to keep Britain inside the 28-nation bloc.

Aug 1, 2013

Insight: Street protests reveal both Bulgaria’s failure, success

SOFIA (Reuters) – Business executive Sasha Bezuhanova feels her life has come full circle.

More than two decades ago she took part in pro-democracy protests against Bulgaria’s crumbling communist regime. Now 50, she is back on the streets with thousands of others to protest against endemic corruption in the Balkan country and to demand the resignation of the new Socialist-led government.

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      "I lead a team of around 20 journalists in Warsaw, including text reporters writing in English and in Polish, photographers and a small TV crew. I joined Reuters 20 years ago and Warsaw is my seventh assignment. I have also worked in Tokyo, Moscow, London, Brussels, Ankara and Sofia."
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