A woman surveys the ruins of her flat in Yasinovataya, near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine (photo: dpa)

European taxpayers pick up bill for Ukraine crisis

European governments agree that nations have a right to choose their alliances - but had never considered what to do if Russia was determined to deny that right. As they begin to realise the magnitude of the damage to Ukraine, and that their taxpayers will have to pay for it, critical voices are being raised. In Germany, which will have to find a new vision, politicians and officials have begun publicly acknowledging that it was a mistake to shut the Kremlin out of talks with Kiev.

THE EUROPEAN Union entered 2015 with a host of troubles, ranging from renewed crisis in Greece, to the rise of right-wing political parties, and...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia would gladly be rid of sanctions and other associated problems that have followed from its aggression in Ukraine. But a way out must offer both sides a means to save face
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