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Understanding Moscow: The Mysteries of the Russian Mindset

DER SPIEGEL correspondent Christian Neef spent three decades reporting on Russia. On the eve of his departure from Moscow, he reflects on a unique …

Russia

Danish F-16s Record Footage of Russian Bomber Over Baltic Sea

The Danish Air Force posted a video to its official Facebook page on Tuesday showing two of its military jets intercepting a Russian Tu-95 bomber …

Russia

UK’s Brexit plan? More of the same, please

There is a theme emerging from the U.K.’s latest Brexit position papers.<p>To quote Monday’s leader column in the London Evening Standard — edited by …

Brexit

How Russian State Media Invented 'Huge' Lines Outside the U.S. Embassy

A RBC journalist reported there were about seven people and 10 journalists waiting outside the consular section

Russia

Police complete traditional swim across Lake Geneva

Twenty-four police graduates have taken part in a 1,600-metre swim across Lake Geneva. For the first time in the event, held on Tuesday morning for …

Switzerland

EU launches in-depth probe into Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto

Margrethe Vestager, European commissioner for competition, Tuesday opened an in-depth probe into Bayer’s controversial $66 billion acquisition of …

Agriculture

Britain posts first July budget surplus in 15 years, outlook darker

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unexpectedly posted its first budget surplus for any July since 2002 according to official data on Tuesday, welcome news for finance minister Philip Hammond in what still looks likely to be a difficult financial year for the government.<p>The surplus in July stood at 184 …

Economy

Third of known French radicals are mentally disturbed

The incident, in which the man drove into two bus shelters, killing one person and seriously injuring another, immediately drew comparisons with a …

Europe

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy lacks vision, analysts say - Asia-Pacific - RFI

While scarce on details, Trump’s address signals the US intends to enhance its military efforts in Afghanistan, with troops only withdrawing once groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State armed group are wiped out and when the Taliban is defeated on the battlefield.<p>Such an effort would “take years …

Europe

Moscow Officials Reveal Fifth Wave of Demolitions

“Moscow continues its fight against illegal buildings,” the statement published on Tuesday read

Russia

Helsinki hit-and-run driver remanded into custody

The Helsinki District Court remanded a 51-year-old man into custody on Tuesday on suspicion of manslaughter.<p>The man is suspected of deliberately …

Europe

EU commissioner calls for new Turkey policy

"I believe it is time for the member states to discuss the strategic implications of this behaviour. Shrugging your shoulders is not a political …

Turkey

Badenfahrt festival rocks quiet spa town

Badenfahrt festival rocks quiet spa town<p>The ten-day Badenfahrt festival happens just once every ten years – transforming the spa town of Baden into a …

Switzerland

Scotland, Wales to join forces against Brexit plans

The leaders of the governments of Scotland and Wales on Tuesday agreed to work together on amendments to the EU withdrawal bill that will transfer …

Europe

Estonian unions would raise minimum pay to EUR 650 in 3 yrs

TALLINN – The Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL) wishes the minimum pay in Estonia to be raised by 38 percent from the present 470 euros to …

Europe

Macron to urge euro zone reform on trip to Greece next month

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Athens next month to send a message to fellow euro zone leaders about the need to strengthen the currency union, at a time when Greece is emerging from years of economic crisis, French officials said.<p>Macron, a centrist, was elected …

Greece

African press review 22 August 2017 - Africa - RFI

We begin in Sierra Leone where there is a looming health crisis following recent flood and mudslides that claimed more than 450 lives with an estimated 6,000 people affected in the capital Freetown.<p>The <i>Sierra Leone Times</i> says that more than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned …

Europe

Five Takeaways From Trump's New Afghan Strategy

Notable in some ways for what it didn't include -- troop levels, timelines, or calls for ensuring a democratic Afghanistan -- the U.S. president …

Afghanistan

Italian tourist island of Ischia hit by deadly quake

An earthquake hit the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night, killing at least two people, injuring dozens of others and leaving two young brothers trapped in the rubble.<p>Emergency crews found a baby boy called Pasquale alive in the wreckage of a collapsed building hours …

World News

The eurozone’s warning light is flickering again

As markets await the annual Jackson Hole gathering of central bankers later this week, signs of tension are beginning to emerge in the eurozone’s …

Economy

UK to recognise some rulings by EU states' courts

“Close cooperation in this area isn't just in the interest of the UK citizens living in the EU, it's in the interest of the 3.2 million EU citizens …

Brexit

Swiss business lobby rejects idea of ‘robot tax’

The Swiss Business Federation (economiesuisse) rejects imposing a so-called robot tax on companies to make up for lost income taxes as workers are …

Switzerland

Four suspects remanded in custody over Turku knife attack, one man freed

The main suspect in Friday's knife attack in Turku has been remanded in pre-trial custody, on suspicion of two counts of murder and eight counts of …

Europe

40-metre yacht that sunk off Nice belonged to Italian business woman

Beach-goers in Nice witnessed a surprising sight on Thursday afternoon as a 40-metre-long yacht caught fire just off the Mediterranean coast.

Europe

European markets buoyed by miners

European stock markets have opened up after a broadly cautious trading session on Monday, in which geopolitics and Thursday’s Jackson Hole gathering …

Economy

ECB policy may temporarily ease Europe's inequality

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank's ultra-easy monetary policy may actually reduce income inequality in Europe, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said on Tuesday, rejecting the argument that asset buys disproportionately benefit the wealthy.<p>Constancio said the ECB's stimulus …

Business

Trump appears to make another attempt to mop up Charlottesville response

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to make another attempt to clean up his response to the violent clashes at a Charlottesville white supremacist …

Europe

Macron’s eastern visit to tighten EU integration - France - RFI

The French leader this week embarks on a three-day tour of central and eastern Europe, where he will seek to win backers for his push to tighten labor rules over 'posted' workers, a sensitive issue that has exacerbated an east-west rift.<p>Days later, euro zone reforms, defense cooperation and …

France

Trump Administration Blacklists 4 Russian Citizens, 1 Company Over North Korea

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed new sanctions on Russian companies for “supporting the North Korean regime.”<p>In an online statement, the …

Russia

Global stocks recover their poise as Jackson Hole looms

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets pushed ahead Tuesday as investors' appetite for riskier assets perked up ahead of this week's big event - the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.<p>KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, London's FTSE 100 was up 0.7 percent to …

Economy