From a Munich in Moscow to a Munich in Minsk — How Europe has Come to Putin’s Aid

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 12, 2015) In the 1930s, Hitler pursued a simple policy: he simply said one thing and did another. Putin has innovated: he not only lies but uses forces to do his bidding for which no one holds him responsible and thus has the chance to be accepted by some in the […]

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EU-Russia meet between Putin, Merkel, Hollande starts; seen going late into night

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(Business New Europe – – Ben Aris in Moscow – February 6, 2015) It may not be the last chance for peace, but there hasn’t been a better time than this in the last few months. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande is sitting down with Russian President Vladimir Putin late on February 6 to hammer out […]

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Hollande and Putin Warm Relations

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(Moscow Times – – Nikolaus von Twickel and Irina Filatova – March 1, 2013) President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hosted his French counterpart Francois Hollande for four-hour-long talks in the Kremlin, which diplomats said were direct and productive. Hollande’s first visit since the socialist was elected president in May was preceded by expectations that the French leader would challenge […]

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