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France’s far right forms bloc in European Parliament (Politico)

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party said Monday it had enough support to form a group in the European Parliament named “Europe of Nations and Freedoms”, a long-awaited move that will boost the group’s influence in the assembly.  Read more about France’s far right forms bloc in European Parliament (Politico)

Ukraine: Gangster State (The People's Voice)

On May 29, Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin warned about Kiev possibly readying to use chemical weapons again. "Works are underway on the territory of a chlorine storage base, to the northeast of Kochetok settlement in the Kharkov region," he said. Read more about Ukraine: Gangster State (The People's Voice)

Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

It is a conventional wisdom that economic crises are always strongly associated with or provoke extremist tensions in societies. A lack of money and job prospects, and absence of confidence in the future induce people to search for enemies, both external and internal, who are believed to be responsible for all the country’s misfortunes.  Read more about Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency (Der Spiegel)

After an extended break from politics, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ready to make a comeback. Former advisors say he is more patient and a better listener. Critics, though, say he has drifted even further to the right. Is France ready for the sequel? Read more about He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency (Der Spiegel)

Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

The full text of the speech on the ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine conducted by CIS-EMO political analyst Stanislav Byshok at the conference of the Association of Independent Journalists for Peace (Vienna, Austria, May 21-22, 2015). Read more about Stanislav Byshok: Ideological sources of the civil war in Ukraine

Rand Paul, Hawk or Dove? (The American Conservative)

Since his election to the Senate in 2010 it’s barely been an exaggeration to say that the Republican foreign-policy debate has been Rand Paul versus everyone else. While he has some likeminded colleagues, especially in the House, he is the single figure most associated with a break from the GOP’s Bush-Cheney national-security legacy. Read more about Rand Paul, Hawk or Dove? (The American Conservative)

"Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available on Amazon.com

The book "Ukraine after Euromaindan: Democracy under Fire", devoted to the unintended consequences of the Ukrainian Maidan revolution of 2013-2014, is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle formats. Read more about "Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available on Amazon.com

France's Front National plunged into family feud over Holocaust remarks (The Guardian)

France’s far-right Front National has been plunged into an all-out war between its president, Marine Le Pen, and her ageing father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, after he made inflammatory comments belittling the Holocaust and defended Marshal Pétain, the leader of France’s Nazi collaborationist Vichy regime. Read more about France's Front National plunged into family feud over Holocaust remarks (The Guardian)

As Europe’s Political Landscape Shifts, Two-Party System Fades (NYT)

Sixty years ago, the two main British political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, took 96 percent of the vote in a clearly defined two-party system. Today, as Britain undergoes a bitter campaign before the May 7 election, the two parties are expected to split less than two-thirds of the vote. Read more about As Europe’s Political Landscape Shifts, Two-Party System Fades (NYT)

The National Front’s strength makes French politics a three-way affair (The Economist)

Sometimes small elections are markers of major political change. France’s latest vote may well turn out to be just such an election. On the face of it, the outcome will be a straightforward victory for the centre-right, led by Nicolas Sarkozy, a former president. In reality, it marks a shift in France from alternating two-party politics to a more fluid tripartite system. Read more about The National Front’s strength makes French politics a three-way affair (The Economist)

"Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available for free download

The book "Ukraine after Euromaidan: Democracy under fire" which is devoted to the 2014 coup in Ukraine and the chain of events that followed, including the war in the East Ukraine and establishing of the People's Republics in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, is available for free download in PDF (1.3 MB). Read more about "Ukraine after Euromaidan" is available for free download

Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

A year ago, reporting from Simferopol about the takeover of Crimea by Russia was a tense and difficult business. At any moment, as the gangs of activists who had flooded across the border swaggered through the city streets, violence seemed on the point of breaking out. Today, Simferopol is completely peaceful. Read more about Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

BBC: Yanukovych ally Peklushenko in new Ukraine mystery death

A former regional governor has been found dead in Ukraine, the latest in a series of deaths involving allies of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych. Five other officials also died in mysterious circumstances this year. All of them supposedly took their own lives in the past six weeks. Read more about BBC: Yanukovych ally Peklushenko in new Ukraine mystery death

Putin: Russia’s Last Remaining Pragmatist? (The National Interest)

Russian-American relations are at their frostiest levels since the cold war. Can the two sides reach an accommodation? Or are relations doomed to continue their downward spiral? Read more about Putin: Russia’s Last Remaining Pragmatist? (The National Interest)

George Friedman: The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform

We are now in the early phases of selecting the president of the United States. Vast amounts of money are being raised, plans are being laid, opposition research is underway and the first significant scandal has broken with the discovery that Hillary Clinton used a non-government email account for government business. Read more about George Friedman: The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform

AP: Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

Tears welled up in Vera Pavliy's eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the east Ukraine town of Kurakhove with no money and no way to get home. Read more about AP: Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

As the international condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his actions continues unabated, I keep wondering: What if Putin were nice, rather than mean? What would a Nice Putin have done differently over the past decade and a half — or today? Read more about What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

In midst of war, Ukraine becomes gateway for jihad (The Intercept)

“Our brothers are there,” Khalid said when he heard I was going to Ukraine. “Buy a local SIM card when you get there, send me the number and then wait for someone to call you.” Read more about In midst of war, Ukraine becomes gateway for jihad (The Intercept)

Ron Paul: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by the US and EU governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation. Read more about Ron Paul: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Тhere was a great power that was worried about its longtime rival’s efforts to undermine it. Its leaders thought the rival power was stronger and trying to throw its weight around all over the world. In fact, this longtime rival was now interfering in places the declining state had long regarded as its own backyard.  Read more about What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

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