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Trade negotiations have been increasingly used as a political tool. This is the first thing that comes to mind when one is trying to understand what is happening around the trade war unleashed by the administration of Donald Trump practically on all fronts: against the EU, China, Russia, Mexico and Canada. On the eve of a visit to Washington of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Trump suggested that the EU, at the same time as the USA, abandon customs duties, barriers and subsidies. He said in his Twitter account that he suggests this because they will refuse just the same ...
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  • Date: 6-08-2018, 14:12
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Designed to give American students new insights into the country today, the Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia program at Moscow International University explores regional developments and conflicts, economic and political reforms, the role of mass media in society, and new cultural phenomena shaping Russian society. Through readings, lectures, seminars, and discussions conducted with faculty of Moscow International University and beyond, program participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors that have shaped the country’s evolution since 1990-s.

The first biography of Elizabeth Angela Margaret Bouz-Lyon - the Queen Mother of Great Britain, who ruled the British Empire from 1936 to 1952 has been published in Russia. The book's author, a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Master in International Relations, Natalia Kulishenko, for 8 years studied the biographies of the British royal family members. She gave her book the title "The Stalingrad Story of the British Queen".
The next EU expansion wave can "cover" Southeast Europe ahead of schedule. In particular, Serbia can become an EU member even before 2025 - some six months ago the European Commission mentioned it as the most optimistic option. The corresponding statement was made by French President Emmanuel Macron when he received his Serbian colleague Aleksandar Vučić in Paris.
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  • Date: 26-07-2018, 16:18
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This summer Moscow has become not only a football capital of the world with more than half a million guests from 30 countries. Art fans are also here, but for a different reason: the 6th edition of the Moscow Biennial of Young Art is taking place from June 8 until July 31 at 5 different venues across Moscow, including an abandoned industrial space “Rassvet” (Dawn) that used to belong to the furniture factory, an imperial court supplier, and was carefully restored to become an exhibition and event space.
The victory of right-wing candidate Ivan Duque in the Colombian presidential elections is not the best news for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The newly elected president has already refused to recognize Maduro's victory in the recent elections in Venezuela and announced that he would not send an ambassador to Caracas.
In May and June 2018 the Russian edition of Dynastic Rule. Mikhail Piotrovsky and the Hermitage, the new book by Geraldine Norman, a well-known British journalist and the Chief Executive of the Hermitage Foundation UK was presented at several venues across Moscow and St. Petersburg.

What kind of Europe Russia needs? Strong or weak? Divided or united? I think that Russia needs an independent Europe, and the latter implies strength as well as solidarity. Unfortunately, recent events indicate the opposite. If Oswald Spengler wrote his work on Europe today, then it should have had the title "The Paralysis of Europe".

Recently former Israeli Mossad Director Tamir Pardo said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to attack Iran in 2011. [i]Mr Pardo stressed that the order given to servicemen for the preparation of the attack was not a training exercise. Tel Aviv planned to launch an attack within 15 days, but this did not happen.
The next few months can be critical for implementing projects to supply Russian gas to Europe. The US administration is stepping up efforts aimed at disrupting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. At the same time, at the other end of the European energy map - in the Balkans - discussions on a future regional gas structure with a possible parallel renewal of the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to Bulgaria under  the Black Sea have livened up against the background of the successful implementation of the Turkish Stream project.