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Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Petro Poroshenko at a D-Day anniversary commemoration in France

2019 Global Outlook: The volatile Moscow-Kiev-Brussels triangle

In 2019, the geopolitical interplay between Russia, Ukraine and Europe will depend on their leaders. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin will have to decide whether to continue his assertive foreign policy. In Ukraine, the presidential election could bring the mercurial Yulia Tymoshenko to power – how she will deal with the war in the east remains a mystery. In Europe, the Franco-German alliance is losing traction. Rifts in the EU will deepen, making it impossible to present a united front on the challenges Russia and Ukraine present.

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