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Russia And Europe, Putin's Ambitions Have Roots In History

Russia's imperial history is far from over for Vladimir Putin, who loudly declares that wherever Russians are is Russia. And the West should take him at his word.

Russian soldiers marching in Moscow's Red Square
Russian soldiers marching in Moscow's Red Square
Michael Stürmer

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MOSCOWRussia, whether represented by the Kremlin walls or military barracks, has a long history behind her — much longer than America's. When the future U.S. was still an English colony, Russia had already long been a protagonist of the rising European power struggle.

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Why Macron's New EU Membership Scheme Is All About Appeasing Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a new European Political Community, with support from Germany's Olaf Scholz, that would include Ukraine in a second-tier union. No, this is not about European "core values" — it's just the latest attempt by the EU's two biggest players to be sure not to upset Vladimir Putin.

Macron and Scholz in Berlin on May 9

Daria Badior and Ksenia Bilash

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KYIV — French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine's accession to the European Union will take years, if not decades. He also proposed the creation of a new union on the continent — the European Political Community, which may include countries that must wait to join the EU, or which have left (like the UK).

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At the same time, according to Macron's plan, joining the new union will mean other states cannot gain membership to the European Union.

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