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Why Angela Merkel is saying farewell to Ostpolitik

The German chancellor’s well-founded belief that Putin is a threat to Europe is shifting power relations in the region

One thing we know for sure about Angela Merkel: she takes time to ponder her decisions and she weighs her words carefully. So the speech the German chancellor gave in Australia, a few days after Vladimir Putin stormed out of the G20, may go down as a major shift in European geopolitics.

In a nutshell: Germany seems to be closing down Ostpolitik, the policy that has driven much of its diplomacy for decades. This has potentially huge repercussions that may shift the power games in Europe. Putin’s strong network of “Russland Versteher”, people who “understand” and side with Russia in Germany, will now be severely put to the test. Other European countries will be paying close attention to how this change in German-Russian relations unfolds. It is also a testimony to the importance of the German-US relationship, which the Obama administration is clearly relying on in its dealings with Russia’s revisionism of the post-Cold war order.

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More than 600 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, says Italian coastguard

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Europe Takes Stronger Measures, Albeit Symbolic, to Condemn Israeli Policies

After years of growing frustration, European politicians are embracing symbolic steps to support a Palestinian state.
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Ken Clarke lets rip at David Cameron’s EU reform plans

Former Tory chancellor says free movement of people fundamental to union and championed by Margaret Thatcher

Kenneth Clarke has launched a frontal assault on David Cameron’s EU reform plans, declaring that he was seeking to dismantle one of Margaret Thatcher’s greatest legacies by challenging the free movement of people in the EU.

In a provocative intervention on the eve of the Rochester and Strood byelection, the former Conservative chancellor also accused John Major of encouraging people to vote Ukip, after he floated plans to reform free movement on behalf of No 10.

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Ken Clarke lets rip at David Cameron’s EU reform plans

Former Tory chancellor says free movement of people fundamental to union and championed by Margaret Thatcher

Kenneth Clarke has launched a frontal assault on David Cameron’s EU reform plans, declaring that he was seeking to dismantle one of Margaret Thatcher’s greatest legacies by challenging the free movement of people in the EU.

In a provocative intervention on the eve of the Rochester and Strood byelection, the former Conservative chancellor also accused John Major of encouraging people to vote Ukip, after he floated plans to reform free movement on behalf of No 10.

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Organic Farms Become a Winner in Putin’s Feud With the West

With often cheaper imports unavailable, some agricultural activists hope to see a boost in local farming, but for consumers the self-imposed sanctions have so far served mostly to raise food prices.
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Spanish government urged to recognise Palestine as a state

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Jean-Claude Juncker faces censure vote over Luxembourg tax schemes

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