December 20, 2012

Tensions Are Growing Between EU, Russia

Schepp & Schult, Der Spiegel

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Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso have little affection for one another. Despite flourishing economic ties, Russia and the EU are drifting apart politically -- and neither side knows what to do about it.

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