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23rd Nov 2017

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Russian-backed rebels seize factories and mines in Ukriane

Russian-backed rebels announced on Wednesday (1 March) the takeover of 40 factories and mines in eastern Ukraine. In a move the country's president Petro Poroshenko called a sign of Russia's "occupation", he urged Western sanctions against those taking part in the seizure. The rebels' action comes after a week-long blockade of the east by Ukrainian nationalists. Poroshenko spoke out against the blockade, but took no action to end it.

Berlin risks being 'culprit' for stalling EU, warns Green MEP

Reinhard Buetikofer, who participated in the failed coalition talks, puts the blame squarely on FDP being 'afraid to govern', but hopes "there will be a lot of phone calls" to German politicians on the consequences of the deadlock in Berlin.

Opinion

Eastern partners, eastern problems

The EU must hold out the olive branch of possible membership in the distant future - but the current domestic problems in the ex-Soviet states, let alone their links to Russia make more than that difficult.

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