Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … Read more

Is growing rhetoric between Russia, Ukraine a prelude to war? Why Canada, other nations fear ‘the risk of miscalculation’

MOSCOW—They’re talking of coups in Kyiv and, in Moscow, of a cultural genocide. In eastern Ukraine, on the front lines of the long-running civil war with separatist fighters, a ceasefire agreement is being breached hundreds of times daily, and with impunity. In western Russia, tens of thousands of soldiers and equipment are being massed along … Read more

Amid Omicron Scare, Fines And Bans For Unvaccinated In These Countries

Several countries have taken measures against unvaccinated deployed by governments around the world. In the battle against the coronavirus, the unvaccinated are being increasingly targeted. Germany and Israel are moving closer to making COVID-19 vaccine shots compulsory, Greece is introducing fines and Spain is banning some unvaccinated travelers. Despite protests, making life harder for those … Read more

NATO warns Russia of ‘high price’ for any attack on Ukraine

Another Russian invasion of Ukraine would carry a “high price,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday, adding that the 30 allies together represent more than 50 percent of the global economy. “Any future Russian aggression against Ukraine would come at a high price and have serious political and economic consequences for Russia,” Stoltenberg said at … Read more

EU, NATO stress unity on Belarus

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented a united front Sunday against pressure on their organizations’ eastern borders from Russia and Belarus. “It is important that the European Union and NATO work hand in hand,” von der Leyen told a news conference in Vilnius. “We are testing and coordinating … Read more

New German government should change tack over Nord Stream 2, Poland’s PM says

The new government in Berlin should change its attitude toward the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and “do everything possible” to prevent Russia from using it as a weapon against its neighbors, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. “Nord Stream 2 is becoming a tool to blackmail Ukraine and Moldova. It is also a tool … Read more

Ukraine’s president alleges coup attempt involving country’s richest man

KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is claiming there’s a danger of a Russia-backed coup against him next week involving one of Ukraine’s top oligarchs — Rinat Akhmetov. Zelenskiy laid out the charges at a rapidly scheduled press conference Friday, saying he had recordings of people from Akhmetov’s circle, in Ukraine and Russia, discussing a … Read more

Ukraine PM calls for NATO’s help against Russia

Press play to listen to this article With a major mobilization of Russian troops once again menacing Ukraine, and U.S. intelligence warning of a potential invasion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Thursday urged NATO to send warships to the Black Sea and step up reconnaissance flights along Russia’s borders. “Ensuring the constant presence of … Read more

At NATO, Polish president calls for allied response to Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda called on NATO to deploy additional forces on its eastern flank and step up its air policing mission in response to Russia’s recent military build-up close to the border with Ukraine. The U.S. and other Western allies have issued stern warnings about the Russian mobilization in recent days, amid concern the Kremlin could be … Read more