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Where next for Ukraine’s army?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 settembre 2022

On Monday much of the world will be watching the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth. We’ve published a cover story on Britain entering the Carolean era, noting the strange success of the constitutional monarchy. This new piece, meanwhile, reflects on how Britons have reacted in the past few days. But my favourite recent article concerns Britons’ peculiar obsession with queuing, as the many thousands in London who shuffled past the queen’s coffin have just demonstrated. Once you’ve read about the economics of queues, it may forever change your experience of lining up.Joe Biden, one of a large cast of world leaders in London at the start of the week, heads to New York to address the UN General Assembly mid-week. I’ll be listening out for two themes. One concerns the environment: this autumn, in Egypt, world leaders are to gather for COP27, the latest round of annual UN talks on climate change. America, at last, can offer more leadership on the subject. Having passed legislation that should bring down carbon emissions in the coming decade, Mr Biden has some authority to press more countries to do the same.The second theme, naturally, is the war in Ukraine. America’s bet on supplying advanced weaponry and other support to Ukraine is beginning to pay off. We have written repeatedly about the unfolding counter-offensive—including, in some places, the rout of Russian forces—and we are intrigued to see what pressure now builds on Vladimir Putin. Abroad, Russia’s neighbours look emboldened in the face of his apparent weakness. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, told Mr Putin it was time to end the war. At home Mr Putin will have a tougher job telling his population that he is infallible. Our cover story for much of the world argues that Ukraine, if given the tools, can finish the job of pushing back Russia’s forces. Quite what future is in store for Russia itself, or for Mr Putin, is hard for anyone to predict.This is an important week for central banks around the world. We’ve just argued that the Federal Reserve, when it meets mid-week, should go big and bold in pushing up rates if it really expects to defeat inflation. That bodes ill for economic growth—and the odds of avoiding recession in America look grim—but it’s better to signal a strong move early, rather than drag out incremental rises over a prolonged period. Others setting monetary policy, including in Britain (where a special budget is also due), will keep our economics writers busy.Let me point you to another “Economist reads”—our guide to the handful of books you should turn to to get a good sense of travel writing by female authors. We will also be reflecting on the remarkable phenomenon that is Roger Federer, who is set to retire from professional tennis at the end of this week. Finally, some election news. Our correspondent held a lengthy interview with Lula, a former president in Brazil who we think is likely to be elected again. Look out for our report on that in the next day or two. And keep an eye out, too, for our forthcoming package of reporting and analysis on Italy’s imminent election. Just as Sweden is likely to be ruled by a coalition that includes a right-wing party with extremist roots, will Italy be ruled by a harder-right government?Thanks for your many notes and emails. Vas Charitos, in Britain, writes in favour of having an “apolitical head of state”. I would agree, though I personally don’t see much merit in the position being hereditary. You wouldn’t invent a monarchy today, if you were starting from scratch. Many of you wrote to discuss Ukraine and Russia. Paul Dee asks if Ukraine has relinquished the idea of retaking Crimea which, as he notes, would be an immensely difficult task. My comment is that the city of Kherson, still occupied by the Russians but under pressure, matters for many reasons and one is its importance in controlling the approach to Crimea. Were Ukraine to retake Kherson, then Russia’s control of Crimea would be less comfortable in the long run.Last, Janet Ulyate, a farmer in Tanzania, suggests more attention should be paid to agriculture in Ukraine and to the war’s impact on world food supplies. My two-sentence (slightly optimistic) response, Janet, is this: In looking at energy supplies, and prices, consumers should still be deeply alarmed. But as we wrote last month, there’s more relief for food, after exports of grains, cereals and oils restarted, and the price for many of these goods have all returned to levels last seen before the war began. By Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist

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How Ukraine can win the war

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 settembre 2022

As the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II approaches, we devote a special section to the role and future of the British monarchy. In Britain our cover leader reflects on the improbable success of an institution that, on the face of it, runs against the spirit of the times. Deference is dead and populism sneers at elites. In an age of meritocracy, monarchy is rooted in the unjustifiable privilege of birth. Support for the crown should have crumbled under Elizabeth. Instead, the monarchy thrived. As King Charles III begins his reign amid strife in Britain, populism in the West and a challenge to democratic systems led by China and Russia, Elizabeth’s success sheds light on how all democracies work—including republics.Outside Britain our cover assesses the astonishing progress made by Ukrainian forces in recent days, the most dramatic Russian reversal since Mr Putin abandoned his effort to seize Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, at the end of March. Predictions in war are always risky, but the tide seems to have turned. Russia’s occupation is everywhere held in check, and Ukraine is gradually—and sometimes suddenly—rolling it back. Victory for Ukraine is not yet certain, but a path is discernible. Evicting Russia entirely from Ukraine will be hard. It will mean pushing it out of territory where it is far better dug in and organised than in Kharkiv. A general collapse of the Russian forces cannot be ruled out, but is unlikely. The West should, therefore, reinforce success, by sending more and better weapons, as well as ammunition and armoured vehicles. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-in-chief The Economist

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Jeff Koons’ Balloon Monkey (Magenta) Presented by Victor and Olena Pinchuk Will Raise Funds for Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 giugno 2022

LONDON AND PARIS – On 28 June 2022, Jeff Koons’ seminal sculpture Balloon Monkey (Magenta) (2006-13, estimate: £6,000,000-10,000,000) will be presented for sale at Christie’s by Victor and Olena Pinchuk to raise vital funds for humanitarian aid for Ukraine. In particular, the proceeds will be used to assist soldiers and civilians gravely wounded by war who urgently require prosthetics, medical treatment and rehabilitation to recover as much quality of life as possible*. Representing childhood innocence and joy for both children and adults alike, Balloon Monkey (Magenta) stands as a monumental symbol of hope and solidarity with those men, women and children living in war-torn Ukraine who have suffered terrible loss.A significant highlight of Christie’s 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale, the work demonstrates the power of art to unify and rally support for the defence of freedom and life in urgent times. The sculpture will be exhibited in St James’ Square, adjacent to Christie’s Headquarters in London, inviting audiences across the capital to come together for a moment of contemplation from 14 June to 3 July 2022.Balloon Monkey (Magenta) is a masterpiece of paradoxical power, its contradictions oscillating between mind-bending complexity and total simplicity; seriousness and play; pop culture and our deepest, most primal structures of myth and belief. It is an object free of irony, created with near-unimaginable dedication, and presented as an expression of trust, openness, sincerity and love. For Koons, Balloon Monkey (Magenta) is a profound and buoyant affirmation that art is not only what we see, but what happens inside us.In 2008, Koons’ sculpture Balloon Flower (Magenta) was similarly installed in St James’s Square. Much admired in its garden setting in central London, the artwork set a record at the time for Jeff Koons, realising $25.7 million. In November 2014, Balloon Monkey (Orange), from the same series as the present lot, achieved a price of $25.9 million. Balloon Monkey (Magenta) is the artist’s proof and one of five unique versions (Red, Magenta, Blue, Yellow, Orange).

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Why the war in Ukraine has raised the risk of nuclear conflict

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 giugno 2022

Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine 102 days ago by threatening countries tempted to interfere with consequences “such as you have never seen in your entire history”. Russian television has since tantalised viewers with chit-chat about nuclear Armageddon. The moral revulsion that restrains the use of nuclear weapons has been weakening. Weapons are proliferating. As memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fade, there is insufficient alarm at the prospect of how hard it will be to keep the peace if many states have a bomb. The invasion of Ukraine adds to this malaise. Russia is unlikely to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine. But Mr Putin’s threat has prompted NATO to limit the support it is prepared to offer the government in Kyiv. Some have warned that inflicting a defeat on Russia could back its president into a corner with devastating consequences.One implication of this is that vulnerable states that see the world through Ukraine’s eyes may feel that the best defence against a nuclear-armed aggressor is to have weapons of their own. The other is that nuclear-armed states may believe that they can gain by copying Mr Putin’s tactics. One day someone somewhere will surely turn their threat into reality. That must not be this war’s devastating legacy. By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-in-chief The Economist

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UEF Statement on the war in Ukraine and further European integration

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 Maggio 2022

The pandemic and Putin´s aggression to Ukraine have ushered a new era for Europe. This calls for a more proactive European action in different policy fields, such as health, economic and social recovery, foreign policy, defence and security, energy, and migration, among others. In this regard, the Conference on the future of Europe (CoFoE) becomes even more relevant after the pandemic and war shocks. New necessary unions in the health, defence, energy, migration, financial and fiscal domain, call for a stronger, federal political union as a necessary condition to fully underpin them. Therefore, the Union faces two urgent and fundamental tasks. The first is to fully support Ukraine, by providing military, economic and humanitarian aid. The second is to complete the political unification of Europe through a process of federalisation.

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More than 50 days of fighting in Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 aprile 2022

More than 50 days have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. Amid a continuing lull in the fighting on land, this week the Russians suffered an astonishing setback at sea: the loss of the Moskva, flagship of the Black Sea fleet—to our missiles, said the Ukrainians (and the Pentagon); to a fire on board, claimed the Russians. The relative quiet is, of course, deceptive. Vladimir Putin is believed to be preparing an offensive in south-eastern Ukraine in the hope of claiming some sort of victory by May 9th, when Russia commemorates the defeat of Germany in 1945. Mr Putin has put General Alexander Dvornikov, who conducted a brutal campaign in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad, in command in Ukraine. He may impose more organisation on the Russian effort, and inflict even more misery on Ukrainians. As we await the Russian push, we are again watching Mariupol, a key southern port that has suffered weeks of bombardment. Mariupol’s refusal to fall is but one of many instances of Ukrainian resilience. In our latest weekly edition we examine what animates the country’s resistance. A remarkable capacity for self-organisation , we conclude. But, looking ahead to the task facing Ukraine once the war is over, that will not be enough to rebuild a shattered country. Economists put the bill at up to half a trillion dollars. Whatever he does, Mr Xi is certain to keep his job. A party congress later this year is expected to rubber-stamp a third five-year term for him at the national helm, even though two have been the norm for the past two decades. France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, can’t be so sure of staying in office. Next Sunday he faces a run-off election against his nationalist-populist challenger, Marine Le Pen. The race looks far closer than in 2017, when Mr Macron trounced Ms Le Pen, but his narrow first-round lead is more reassuring than it looks. Our election model gives him an 87% chance of staying in the Elysée Palace. One event to keep an eye on before the vote is a televised debate between the candidates, on Wednesday. Five years ago Ms Le Pen made a mess of it. She’s expected to be better prepared this time. This week several of you commented on energy policy—notably on how, and how soon, Europe can wean itself off Russian gas. “If gas imports from Russia are stopped now,” writes Thomas Koetzsch, “the German economy will come to a stop.” Although German voters say they favour ending Russian supplies, he doubts they understand the effects of such a move. Anne Davies agrees with us that Europe should switch to renewable sources of energy, but points out that “it cannot be done fast enough to help Ukraine, now”: without a “meaningful timeframe” our proposals are merely “vague” and “aspirational”. From America, Dane Egil writes: “Effective leaders understand the import of smart resilience in turbulent times.” Energy independence, he says, is essential to national security and economic strength. And it’s now too late to build back resilience: cutting off Russian oil imports simultaneously creates dependence on others, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. By Patrick Lane Deputy digital editor The Economist

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Ukraine: horrors of war

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 aprile 2022

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February our cover turns from the horrors of war, to look at an unusually consequential election. The campaign for the French presidency has been overshadowed, but it matters.The direct reason is that it will determine who leads the country that intends to steer the European Union as it adapts to the absence of Angela Merkel, the former German chancellor. The indirect reason is that it tells you about the prospects for a revival of the radical centre in an age of identity politics. When he was first elected president of France in 2017, Emmanuel Macron immediately became a standard-bearer for liberals around the world. He was young, clever and eminently reasonable. Brexit, Donald Trump and the success of populists on the right and the left in such countries as Sweden, Denmark and Greece meant that it was a time of panic for centrists.When he faces voters on April 10th, Mr Macron will be running on his record as a nuts-and-bolts reformer, on his vision for world affairs and as a leader who has reinvigorated French politics. Our model, which gives him a 77% chance of being re-elected in the second round on April 24th, suggests that this record will be vindicated. However, the closer you look, the more centrists should see Mr Macron’s presidency as a cautionary tale. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-in-chief The Economist

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Ukraine: UNESCO implementing new emergency measures to protect journalists

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 marzo 2022

By Christian Flammia Paris. UNESCO announced new emergency measures to protect journalists in Ukraine, to help displaced Ukrainian journalist unions to continue their work and to support the free flow of information about the war. The Organization is providing an initial batch of 125 sets of Personal Protective Equipment as well as training on hostile environments. Thousands of journalists are reporting from the ground in Ukraine, many without the necessary protective equipment or training. This especially includes local Ukrainian journalists who previously reported on local issues and have been thrust into the role of war correspondents, unprepared for the risks they now face. UNESCO is providing them with an initial batch of 125 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), consisting of bullet-proof press vests and helmets. They will be distributed from next week by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), via its Press Freedom Centre in L’viv, and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). NESCO is working with the International Federation of Journalists to relocate the offices of Ukraine’s two journalist unions to Poland, close to the border with Ukraine. This relocation will ensure that the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), with more than 4000 members, and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), with around 2000, can continue to provide practical support to all journalists in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighbouring countries. https://www.ifj.org/

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Guerre en Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 marzo 2022

Les Ministres des Affaires intérieures de l’Union européenne ont franchi le Rubicon en activant à l’unanimité la directive sur la Protection temporaire immédiate pour faire face à l’afflux exceptionnel et sans doute durable des Ukrainiens forcés par la guerre à quitter leur pays. La rapidité des décisions prises en quelques jours par le Conseil Justice et Affaires intérieures (JAI) à l’initiative de la présidence française contraste avec les atermoiements de ce même Conseil autour de l’adoption du nouveau Pacte sur la migration et l’asile initié par la Commission européenne à l’automne 2020. Mais si le flux des personnes fuyant l’intensification des combats en zone urbaine devait s’accroître ou simplement se poursuivre à un rythme élevé, il est difficile d’imaginer que les pays de première entrée puissent continuer d’assumer seuls une telle charge. La question d’une forme de relocalisation entre les États membres se posera et doit d’ores et déjà être anticipée.

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How to help Ukraine as Putin bombards its cities

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 marzo 2022

What prospects for the fighting in Ukraine? As expected, the Russian invaders made gains, notably in the south, in the past week. The human costs are all too awful. But Vladimir Putin must by now, more than ten days in and despite his public claims, judge that his war has not gone to plan. His hopes for swift decapitation, perhaps to force Volodymyr Zelensky to flee, have evaporated. Ukrainians are showing brave resistance. An immense armoured column of Russian vehicles remains jammed to the north of Kyiv—a humiliating symbol of the failure of Mr Putin’s army. And though a grim siege of the Ukrainian capital looms, its swift collapse looks unlikely. One debate that will probably grow more intense is over the question of whether NATO should impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. It’s tempting for a host of reasons, but in our view it would ultimately be dangerous and futile.Look for possible deals for civilians in some cities to escape the worst violence in the coming days, despite failures of these over the weekend. Could some broader peace talks beckon? Probably not. It’s more in Mr Putin’s nature to double down, not back down. At home expect him to become more repressive, not least as he learns how few ordinary Russians support his senseless war. News outlets in Russia are being forced to close and foreign ones to stop broadcasting. Sadly, Mr Putin is likely to try to escalate the conflict, to stir up anti-Western feeling among Russians and in the hope of intimidating European democracies. We have called for strong resolve in the face of that. Without it, the world will pay a higher price later.Internationally, Russia looks increasingly isolated, even if China won’t condemn it. Western sanctions will really bite in the coming weeks, as imports to Russia slow and hard currency grows scarce. How businesses, for example in America, learn to cope with these changes will be one story to watch. We’re interested to see how China’s trade with Russia might grow. And we’ll be looking to see how other parts of the world are affected by—and responding to—the conflict in Ukraine. Take wheat. Along with many commodities, the price of the foodstuff is soaring, because both Russia and Ukraine are big exporters. This is terrible news for importers, especially poor ones, such as in Egypt and elsewhere in Africa.Beyond Ukraine, we’re keeping an eye on inflation in America. Ahead of the Fed decision on raising rates, in mid-March, we’ll get data on consumer-price rises in February. Emmanuel Macron is campaigning for re-election, so check out our forecast model for France. South Korea holds general elections. And in India the results of state elections, including in the massive state of Uttar Pradesh, will hint at the popularity of the ruling party. We’re also delighted to announce that the Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, will be guest editing our By Invitations columns to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday.Once again, thank you for your many thoughtful, generous emails. This week we’re trying something new. To share more of your responses, we’ve published a selection of them on this page. Let me know if we should do so again. I was particularly moved by a plea for peace from Kornelis “Kees” Huizinga, a farmer in Ukraine. Another writer, Gringo Capet, in Malaysia, asks if I “discern any merit at all in Mr Putin’s allegations” against NATO and the West. In short, I really don’t. Mr Putin has no justification for acting the way he has. History will record that he is a war criminal who has killed thousands in Ukraine in an unprovoked attack. By Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist

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European Federation of Journalists (EFJ): We stand in solidarity in support of Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 marzo 2022

Human rights, media freedom and journalists’ organisations issued a statement in condemnation of invasion and attacks on the press in Ukraine and Russia. We, the undersigned organisations, stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but particularly Ukrainian journalists who now find themselves at the frontlines of a large-scale European war. We unilaterally condemn the violence and aggression that puts thousands of our colleagues all over Ukraine in grave danger. We call on the international community to provide any possible assistance to those who are taking on the brave role of reporting from the war zone that is now Ukraine. We condemn the physical violence, the cyberattacks, disinformation and all other weapons employed by the aggressor against the free and democratic Ukrainian press. We also stand in solidarity with independent Russian media who continue to report the truth in unprecedented conditions. By Christian Flammia

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Wfp ramps up food operation for ukraine and warns the world’s hungry cannot afford another conflict

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 marzo 2022

RZESZOW, Poland – As the emergency operation in Ukraine moved into high gear today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expressed deep concern about the waning ability of families in embattled areas to find food and also warned that the crisis could have consequences well beyond Ukraine’s borders. With reports coming in of severe shortages of food and water in Kyiv, the capital, and the northeastern city of Kharkiv, WFP teams are setting up operations and hubs in countries neighbouring Ukraine. These will both facilitate delivery of food assistance into the country and assist refugees coming over the borders.The immediate priority is to establish a food lifeline into Kyiv and other conflict hotspots. With consignments of food assistance arriving every day, WFP is in a race against time to pre-position food in areas where fighting is expected to flare. WFP is in the process of finding partners in Ukraine to help it distribute assistance and teams in neighbouring countries are identifying local vendors in order to purchase more stock.Amid a shortage of cash in Ukraine, WFP plans to provide assistance through food distributions, cash, and food vouchers that can be spent in selected shops. Food distributions will prioritize the big towns on the Ukraine side of the border where families are gathering as they wait to see how the conflict develops. WFP is prepared also plans to assist refugees who crossed the border to neighbouring countries. The Russian Federation and Ukraine are responsible for 29% of the global wheat trade. Any serious disruption of production and exports from the region could push food prices beyond their current 10-year highs. This will erode food security for millions of people, especially those who are already under stress because of high levels of food inflation in their countries.At the start of 2022, the world is facing an unprecedented hunger challenge, as conflict and climate shocks compounded by COVID and rising costs drive millions of people closer to starvation — threatening to increase migration and instability globally. With the numbers of hungry rising, WFP is calling for a step-change in global support for its operations.

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Putin’s three key mistakes in Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 febbraio 2022

Making predictions in the heat of war is usually a fool’s errand—something that may be dawning on Vladimir Putin. The first few days of fighting have not gone as the Russian autocrat would have forecast. Especially in their cities, Ukrainians have mounted a brave defence. The leadership of Volodymyr Zelensky, somewhat unexpectedly, has proved inspiring. We are more sure than ever that Mr Putin has blundered, both in launching a murderous—and unprovoked—attack on a democratic neighbour, but also in his misconduct of the war so far. Russian control of Ukrainian airspace is still not achieved. One measure of Mr Putin’s lack of confidence and shock at Western opposition: the announcement on February 27th that Russia’s nuclear forces have been put on a heightened level of alertness. Nonetheless, given Russia’s overwhelming forces and Mr Putin’s ruthless nature, expect the invaders to make gains in the coming days. The attacks on Kyiv will grow fiercer. One consequence of that? Growing anger in the West—among ordinary people as well as national leaders. More military gear, including, remarkably, anti-tank rockets and Stinger missiles from Germany, is heading to Ukraine. Sanctions on Russia are becoming more severe. Beyond the exclusion of some Russian banks from the SWIFT system, more serious are the efforts by Europe and America to stop Russia’s central bank accessing much of its $600bn-plus in foreign reserves. Watch on Monday how markets react to that. It’s unlikely to be pretty for Russia, especially the rouble. Some sort of Russian retaliation towards the West should be expected. The price of oil and gas could yet surge.The war in Ukraine may leave little time for other stories. But I’ll note one thing we got right recently: Ketanji Brown Jackson is indeed Mr Biden’s pick for the Supreme Court, as we had suggested was likely.Thanks again for all of your kind feedback. Quite a few of you argued that it is wrong to put all the blame for this war on Mr Putin. David Hillstrom points to NATO’s eastward expansion as somehow the cause of Russia’s “bunker mentality”. I respectfully disagree. Invading a sovereign country because you don’t like its elected government is entirely unjustified. Professor Jan Maciejowski, from Cambridge, suggests Mr Putin is only guided by fellow military and security officials and fails to realise how big a mistake he has made. And James F. Strother tells us of how he has enjoyed our coverage of the Middle East, in particular, since he was an American naval intelligence officer in the early 1960s. And you’re welcome to follow me on Twitter, at @ARobertsjourno. Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist

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Will Putin launch his war in Ukraine?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 febbraio 2022

Ukraine is still with us, or rather Russia’s threatening, thuggish behaviour towards its neighbour. We considered what a unique trove of open-source intelligence tells us about the build-up and, more recently, the deployment of Russian soldiers near the borders. Shuttle diplomacy continues this week, with Olaf Scholz, the newish German chancellor, taking his turn to call on Vladimir Putin in Moscow. On the Western side, defence ministers gather in Brussels in midweek, then diplomatic experts (including America’s vice-president, Kamala Harris) hold a conference in Munich where they can chew over the latest analysis. In the past couple of days the sense of foreboding has been mounting, with American officials warning an invasion could come at any moment and some foreigners leaving the country. But again, nobody really knows what’s happening inside Mr Putin’s mind.How painful will the fall-out be, as inflation in America soars to new heights? Consumer prices for January, released on Thursday, showed the fastest annual rise since 1982. Cue widespread predictions that interest rates are likelier to rise earlier, and higher, than optimists had previously hoped. The meeting of the Federal Reserve in March will be a tense moment, and in the weeks before it, don’t bet on a calm ride in the markets (and certainly not if war erupts in Ukraine). Our cover story in the weekly edition asks what would happen if they crashed. In short: the world economy faces a stern test. Two other looming stories could come to the fore. Emmanuel Macron will soon declare he is running for re-election in France—probably when falling rates of covid-19 allow it. Check out our election-forecast model to see our latest estimate (it is updated daily) of his chances of reaching the first round and then of winning in the second. Spoiler alert: he has every reason to be confident. Over in America, Joe Biden will shortly name whom he wants to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat. We published an Explainer on some of the candidates, though the name I’m focused on is Ketanji Brown Jackson.Beyond that, keep an eye out for Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the detained former leader of Myanmar, who is back on (show) trial this week. Her main offence is that the military bosses feel threatened by her. She’ll be found guilty.Be aware, too, that climate change is not going away. A meeting of the International Panel on Climate Change begins this week, and will conclude later in the month by issuing a report setting out in more detail than ever the growing threats to our ecosystem and the safety of human life. I confidently predict it won’t be cheery reading. Ambassador K P Fabian, an Economist reader for six decades, warns against Western sanctions on Russia, lest they push Mr Putin closer into the arms of China’s Xi Jinping. Maybe so, but if two autocrats want a bromance, there’s little the West can do to discourage them. Could there even be a co-ordinated, simultaneous pair of invasions of Ukraine (by Russia) and Taiwan (by China), ask both Barb Beatty and Dagget Harvey? That sounds like a nightmare, but is extremely unlikely. China makes its moves to suit its own timing, and the notion that America and its allies are distracted by the Ukraine crisis is unlikely to hurry it up. Finally, Arijit Das and others asked for more on my meeting with Yogi Adityanath a decade ago. All I’ll say here is that his effort to stir up hostility against religious minorities is not what India needs.It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. If nothing else, may your tea bring you a warm, loving feeling. Please keep sending me your comments and let me know your own predictions of what to expect in the coming days. Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist.

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What to watch for in the week ahead

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 febbraio 2022

Watch, in the coming week, for the world’s diplomats to be overstretched. The crisis over Ukraine is not easing. Germany’s new leader, Olaf Scholz, flits to Washington to meet Joe Biden, where the question of how to handle Russia will be their main concern. May Mr Biden stiffen his visitor’s spine. Meanwhile Emmanuel Macron, the French president, heads to Moscow and then Kyiv. Talks between the leaders of France, Germany and Poland follow on Tuesday, even as Russia and Belarus launch joint military exercises—not far from the Ukraine border—on February 10th. Could those manoeuvres be cover for a real intervention? The Americans have said, repeatedly, some sort of invasion is looming. Ukraine’s president disagrees. Given all the diplomatic bustle our hunch is that fighting is unlikely this week, at least, but don’t hold us to it.Like buses, diplomatic crises clump together. The blowing-up of the latest leader of IS, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, as Americans raided his house in Syria, is unlikely to have many repercussions in the Middle East. More serious is the prospect of bringing back to life a deal struck years ago between America and Iran (with European support) for slowing Iran’s push to become a nuclear power. America, under Donald Trump, stomped away from that. Could Mr Biden restore it? Watch for the latest round of talks in Vienna in the coming days: negotiators see them as the endgame, and have never been as close to a breakthrough as they are now, but even a successful outcome would produce a worse deal than the one that existed before.Our business journalists are weighing a clash of a different sort. Disney reports its latest earnings this week, a chance to learn about the latest state of the streaming wars, as Amazon, Apple, Disney, Netflix and others compete. The spoils from that war seem to be smaller than the firms once hoped. And that’s before more of us quit our sofas, and cut down on our binge-watching, as the pandemic eases. Probably the biggest data point to watch this week: a report on American inflation in January. Prices are rising faster than they have in nearly four decades, and they in turn drive up expectations of rate increases by the Fed and other central banks. Any sign that inflation might have peaked would be met with joy. Other fare. Prolonged elections kick off in five Indian states. Most consequential is Uttar Pradesh, the country’s biggest state (with a population larger than Brazil’s). A Hindu nationalist, Yogi Adityanath, expects to win re-election there and he may yet dream of taking over as the country’s prime minister. I interviewed him once, nearly a decade ago. He’s not a terribly nice fellow.In Britain the queen is marking 70 years on the throne, but ceremonies are muted. Instead there’ll be public events in June. No British monarch has ruled for longer, but who will be prime minister by then? The steady drip-drip of troubles for Boris Johnson, as former allies and fellow MPs tell him to quit, doesn’t bode well for him. We expect him to hang on for this week, at least, but even he can’t be sure he’ll be around in four months’ time. Thanks again for your generous feedback. Sir Richard Gozney, who used to head a team in Britain’s cabinet office, helpfully suggested I guide readers on the likelihood of something coming to pass (it’s likely you’ve already spotted that we listened). Patricia asked for more focus on Latin America—we’ll try. And Greg Moseley asked for attention on Africa. As a former Africa correspondent, too, I’ll be keeping an eye on Cyril Ramaphosa’s state-of-the nation address in South Africa this week. By Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist

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Viasat Ukraine Subscribers to Get Best-in-Class TV Reception in Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 settembre 2017

ViasatViasat Ukraine (Vision TV LLC), the largest DTH operator in Ukraine, will be providing top-quality TV reception to its subscribers using SES Video’s reliable services on ASTRA 4A. Under the multi-year agreement with SES, Vision TV will be broadcasting approximately 40 pay-TV channels, out of which 13 are in high-definition (HD), and about 60 free-to-air channels at 5 degrees East. SES serves close to 13 million TV homes in Ukraine from this key orbital position, of which 4.5 million are DTH homes.“We are very pleased that Viasat Ukraine has trusted us with the delivery of their video content,” said Norbert Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Commercial Europe, SES Video. “This agreement with such an important TV player in Ukraine confirms our leading position in the country when it comes to DTH services. With the digital switchover approaching, and the drive for encryption of satellite channels, we strongly believe there will be considerable growth opportunities in the market, and we expect to support our customers in seizing them.” “Viasat Ukraine offers the best collection of content available in local languages, and a reliable transmission of this content is key to keep entertaining our audience in the best possible way. That is why we chose to rely on SES’s track record in delivering high-quality services,” said Svitlana Mischenko, CEO at Viasat Ukraine. “We are confident that SES’s expertise will help us grow our audience and our TV business in the coming years.” (photo: Viasat)

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Parliament approves Ukraine visa waiver

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 aprile 2017

ucrainaBruxelles. Ukrainian citizens will be exempted from EU short-stay visa requirements, after Parliament endorsed an informal deal with the Council on Thursday. Under the new law, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes, but not to work. The exemption applies to all EU countries, except Ireland and the UK, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.“Ukraine has achieved all the benchmarks, sothe visa requirement should be lifted”, noted rapporteur for the proposal Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), adding that the visa waiver will be a “another very strong message that Ukraine is a key partner for the European Union in the Eastern Partnership”.The legislation, approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions, still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers. It is likely to enter into force in June, 20 days after it is published in the EU Official Journal.Before exempting Ukrainians from visa requirements, the EU strengthened the visa waiver suspension mechanism, to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases.

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Civil Liberties MEPs back deal with Council on Ukraine visa waiver

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 marzo 2017

ucrainaThe informal deal between Parliament and Council negotiators exempting Ukrainians of visa requirements to enter the EU received on Thursday the backing of the Civil Liberties Committee.The agreement was supported by 39 MEPs, 4 rejected it and 1 abstained. It will now be put to a vote in a next plenary. Afterwards, it will have to be formally adopted by the Council and signed into law. The visa exemption will enter into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal.Once the visa waiver is in place, Ukrainian citizens who have a biometric passport will be able to travel to the EU for up to 90 days in any 180-day-period for business, tourist or family purposes.Before giving Ukrainians visa-free access to the EU, member states wanted to strengthen the visa waiver suspension mechanism to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases. The review of this emergency tool has already been completed.The EU and Ukraine started visa liberalisation negotiations in 2008. At the end of 2015, the European Commission concluded that Ukraine had made the necessary progress and had met all the benchmarks. It presented the proposal to grant its citizens visa-free access to the EU in April 2016.
The visa waiver will apply to all EU member states, except Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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As America and Russia talk, Ukraine fights

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 febbraio 2017

ukraineTHE timing was ominous. A day after the first, seemingly cordial telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the residents of Avdiivka, a small town on the Ukrainian side of the conflict line with Russian-backed separatists, heard the echoes of heavy artillery fire. The conflict that Russia started in Ukraine in 2014 has been partly frozen over the past two years. But on January 29th it flared up with renewed force.Three days later, on February 1st, the bodies of seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in the fighting were brought to Kiev. Maidan, the city square that was the site of the country’s 2014 revolution, once again swelled with people. Social media were filled with messages of support for soldiers and calls to collect supplies for victims, along with videos of shelling by Russian Grad rockets. Ukrainian soldiers received text messages seemingly sent by the Russian side: “You are just meat to your commanders”. Since then other Ukrainian positions along the front line have been attacked, and the death toll is rising.Following the flare-up, the American ambassador to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which monitors the ceasefire, blamed “combined Russian-separatist forces” for starting the attacks. Ukrainian forces have been creeping forward into the “grey zone” in recent months, seizing positions in several small towns. The rebels might have felt it was an opportune moment to hit back.Whoever started the fighting, its victims are the 16,000 civilians in Avdiivka, who for days were cut off from electricity in temperatures of -20°C, and those in the rebel-held territories, many of whom lack water. The violence underscores the difficulty of implementing the Minsk Two ceasefire agreement, signed in February 2015, which the two sides interpret differently. For Kiev and its Western backers, the agreement is a path for Ukraine to reassert control over its east and close its border with Russia, followed by a decentralisation of power to its regions. Russia, however, sees the agreement as a way of retaining control over eastern Ukraine, keeping the border open and demanding that Kiev recognise Donbas as an autonomous region within Ukraine. This would give Russia permanent influence over Ukraine’s future.From Ukraine’s point of view, the violence was a warning to its American and European allies, several of whom are considering lifting sanctions against Russia. “Who would dare talk about lifting the sanctions in such circumstances?” asked Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, who cut short a visit to Germany to attend to the crisis. Mr Poroshenko later said he would call a national referendum on joining NATO—which Russia considers a red line and NATO itself does not want.
ukraine1Many Russia-watchers think Mr Putin may have stoked the conflict to test his new American counterpart. Mr Trump has promised better relations with Moscow. Mr Putin may have decided to probe his willingness to turn a blind eye to Russian actions in Ukraine, the two countries’ main point of conflict. The Russian government says Ukraine was discussed in their telephone conversation.
In the past, significant escalations of fighting were quickly met by the White House or the State Department with strongly worded statements condemning Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity. This time it took the State Department two days to say it was “deeply concerned”; it did not mention Russia. This response was duly noted in Moscow. “Washington does put the blame on the [separatist] republics, does not express support for Kiev and does not say a word about Russia’s role,” Rossiiskaia Gazeta, the official government newspaper, wrote jubilantly. The Kremlin also noted the American failure to react to the news that Alexei Navalny, an opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner, would be tried again on trumped-up charges. Mr Navalny pledged to run against Mr Putin in next year’s presidential elections, but is now likely to observe Mr Putin’s re-election from a prison cell. (by The Economist)

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to open the plenary sessions of the 13th YES Annual Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 settembre 2016

Ucraina-graBruxelles. On Friday, 16 September, the plenary sessions of the 13th Yalta European Strategy annual meeting, “The World, Europe, Ukraine: Storms of Changes”, will start by a welcome speech of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, followed by the debate of speakers and participants of the forum with the chief of the Ukrainian State. As previously reported, the 13th YES annual meeting will be held in Kyiv on September 15-17. The plenary sessions and special sections of the forum will take place at the Mystetsky Arsenal national museum and cultural centre. More than 350 prominent politicians, diplomats, businessmen, civil activists and experts from 20 countries of the world will take part in the work of the forum. The first day of the plenary sessions will be focused on the key geopolitical, economic and social challenges that Europe, Ukraine and the world are facing. The discussion panels of the first plenary day will include a debate on the current situation in the European Union; prospects and challenges that Turkey is facing; implications of the US presidential election 2016 for the global politics and international relations, as well as the global challenge of social inequality, terrorism and radicalism issues. The first plenary day will resume with a debate on the issues of international support for Ukraine in the context of the Russian aggression, economic crisis and running the reforms. The discussions of the first plenary day will feature President of the European Commission (2004-2014), Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004) Jose Manuel Barroso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Kirstian Jensen, 39th Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009), 12th NATO Secretary General (2009-2014) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Vice Prime Minister of Turkey Mehmet Simsek, European Commission Vice President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Prime Minister of Latvia (2009-2014) Valdis Dombrovkis, philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy, director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, Chief Strategist and senior advisor to US President Barack Obama (2009-2011) David Axelrod, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration Karl Rove, 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-1999) Newt Gingrich, Foreign Minister of Sweden (2006-2014), Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994) Carl Bildt, Managing Partner at Parnasse International, IMF Managing Director (2007-2011) Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Niall Ferguson, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, member of the YES Board Wolfganf Ischinger, United States Secretary of Defence (2006-2011), CIA Director (1991-1993) Robert Gates. The Ukrainian speakers of the first plenary day will include Head of the Supervisory Board of Aspen Institute Kyiv, Minister of Finance of Ukraine (2014-2016) Natalia Jaresko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Co-Founder of the Centre for Economic Strategy, civil activist, singer at “Okean Elzy” Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, Chair of the People’s Front party, Prime Minister of Ukraine (2014-2016) Arseniy Yatseniuk.

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