1. Russia Demands Guarantees Before Resupplying Gas to Ukraine

    Russia wants the European Union to guarantee that it will pay Ukraine’s gas bills before resuming supplies.

    Ukraine failed to unblock deliveries of Russian natural gas on Thursday when Russia demanded firmer commitments from European Union member states to help pay for Ukraine's gas bill. Talks in Brussels collapsed, Russian energy minister Alexander Novak told Russian media,…
  1. Did France, Italy Just Get Away with Breaking the Rules?

    France and Italy make relatively minor budgets adjustments to avoid a confrontation with the European Commission.

    The European Commission provisionally accepted France's and Italy's budget proposals for 2015 on Tuesday, saying it could not "immediately identify cases of 'particularly serious noncompliance' which would oblige [it] to consider a negative opinion at this stage in the…
  1. Poland to Shift Military Strength East in Response to Russia

    Poland is shifting its military strength to its eastern borders in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    Poland announced on Tuesday it will shift its military strength to its eastern borders with Belarus, Russia and Ukraine as a part a three year modernization plan that will also see defense spending rise to 2 percent of economic output. The shift…
  1. Repeating Vietnam: The Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is eerily similar to the way it abandoned South Vietnam.

    As helicopters and planes lifted the last American and British forces out of Afghanistan's Helmand Province on Monday, the Reuters news agency cited one Marine captain of mixed Vietnamese descent saying the scene reminded him of…
  1. What to Make of Europe’s Nationalist Resurgence

    Not all nationalists are right wing, nor do they all mark a throwback to the destructive nationalism of the past.

    Much of the commentary on the resurgence of nationalism in Europe tends to lump the various parties that represent it together in the "far right" category. This is unhelpful as not all nationalist movements are right wing,…
  1. Brazil Reelects Rousseff Despite Economic Slowdown

    The incumbent Workers’ Party president prevails over her liberal challenger despite a recent economic slump.

    Brazil's incumbent president, Dilma Rousseff, narrowly won reelection on Sunday. With more than 99 percent of the votes tallied, she had prevailed over her liberal challenger Aécio Neves with 51.6 percent support. Rio de Janeiro's O Globo newspaper pointed out that Rousseff's margin of victory was…
  1. Exit Polls Show Gains for Ukraine’s Pro-Europe Parties

    Parties in favor of deepening ties with the rest of Europe would gain a majority of the seats in Ukraine’s parliament.

    Three exit polls put Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko's party on track to win a plurality of seats in the country's parliament on Sunday night. Supporters of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich,…
  1. Going into Second Voting Round, Brazil’s Rousseff Leads in Polls

    Brazil’s Workers’ Party president appears likely to win reelection even as support for her challenger has surged.

    Final polls on Sunday put Brazil's Dilma Rousseff slightly ahead of her challenger in the country's runoff presidential election. But support for the more liberal Aécio Neves has surged since the first voting round earlier this month, reflecting many especially middle…
  1. Despite Limited Voting in East Ukraine, Election to Boost Poroshenko

    Despite an ongoing insurgency in the east, most Ukrainians back parties that favor closer relations with the West.

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko was likely to win a strong mandate for his pro-European policy in a parliamentary election on Sunday but voting could not take place in parts of the east where rebels sympathetic to Russia have declared breakaways republics. Nationwide opinion polls showed…