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Draghi boosted Rome’s prestige and soothed Washington, analysts say
Italy, Opinion

Draghi boosted Rome’s prestige and soothed Washington, analysts say

Analysts from the European Council on Foreign Relations consider that the outgoing Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has placed Rome at the level of Paris or Berlin's influence on the European scene, and has reassured Washington about the strategy towards China or Russia. A group of analysts from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank looks at the political crisis in Italy as a threat to the climate of economic and social stability that Draghi managed to establish in one of Europe's largest economies, denouncing the unknown that constitutes the next governmental solution Italian President Sergio Mattarella this week dissolved Parliament and called early elections for the end of September, after Draghi presented his resignation, for lack of political confidence ...
Draghi’s fall is the last government chess move that is predicted to take a long time
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Draghi’s fall is the last government chess move that is predicted to take a long time

The resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, 12 hours after his coalition broke up in Parliament, was the latest move in a political chess set that is expected to last for months before a new government takes power. This Thursday, the only certainty for Italians is that they will vote on September 25, about six months ahead of schedule. But even before a date was set, Italian parties were already in 'turmoil' in the face of the political situation, with some losing longtime loyalists in the leadership, after three key coalition partners - populists, right-wing, and conservatives - have decided to leave Draghi. In 17 months at the helm of the government, Draghi was seen as a pillar of stability in a nation, the EU's third-largest economy, beset by high inflation and fears of...
Sick? Putin is ‘too healthy’, says CIA director
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Sick? Putin is ‘too healthy’, says CIA director

Over the past few months, rumors have multiplied that the president of Russia will be ill, particularly with cancer. However, the CIA director has another opinion. William Burns, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), dismissed rumors that Vladimir Putin is sick, saying the Russian president is “too healthy”. "As far as we can tell, he's definitely too healthy," he said. The statement by Burn, who has watched and dealt with Putin for more than 20 years, came during the Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, after being asked about the state of health of the Russian head of state. "There are a lot of rumors about President Putin's health and, as far as we can tell, he is very healthy," Burns said. The CIA director later clarified that this was "an informal assessment of...
New Russian ‘McDonald’s’ Doesn’t Start Off Well: Moldy Breads and Insect Legs Served to Customers
Russia & Caucasus, Opinion

New Russian ‘McDonald’s’ Doesn’t Start Off Well: Moldy Breads and Insect Legs Served to Customers

The start-up of the new McDonald's restaurants in Russia, now known as Vkusno & Tochka, or “Tasty and ready” has not gone well: in some of the 50 restaurants opened in Moscow and the surrounding area last June, hamburger buns were served with mold, as reported on Tuesday by Knesia Sobchak, popular television celebrity and the most prominent female politician in the Russian opposition – “insect legs” were also found in hamburgers. “Vkusno & Tochka sell moldy hamburgers,” Sobchak posted on the social network ‘Telegram’, adding: “It seems they don’t live up to McDonald’s standards, at least in terms of product quality control. Today, at least three cases of hamburgers with moldy buns sold to customers have been recorded.” Other complaints from the new Russian fast-food chain are t...
Spanish generals warn Russian nuclear threat is real
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Opinion

Spanish generals warn Russian nuclear threat is real

Generals ask to reduce tension in the conflict in Ukraine and defend that Russia will be preparing a "legal cushion" to act with "nuclear strategy". Five Spanish military experts warned at a seminar organized by infodron.es and UNVEX about the "real nuclear threat" that Russia could resort to as it is increasingly distant from achieving its objectives. For these reasons, the generals defend that tensions in the conflict in Ukraine should be reduced and a way to peace should be found. "There is a latent danger of nuclear escalation", warns Lieutenant General Rubén García Servet, indicating that one must "work first to try to reach an agreement that is as protective as possible of Ukrainian territorial integrity". Gan Pampols indicated that “this is the best time to find a solution wher...
The trigger of World War I, the Balkans still suffer from the effects of the conflict
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The trigger of World War I, the Balkans still suffer from the effects of the conflict

Region concentrates civilizations with various ethnic and religious differences. Overcoming animosity must be done by commercial interests. The territory was the scene of the event that triggered the First World War — the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand — and is still suffering its effects to this day, 100 years after the end of the conflict of global dimensions. Once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the geographic region now known as the Balkans is made up of countries such as Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Serbia. It is said that the area is a powder keg because "it has always been the meeting point of various civilizations and various peoples with many ethnic and religious differences", according to professor Demetrius Pereira, a specialist in Internationa...
Russian oligarch criticized Putin in Moscow: “Will the destruction of Ukraine be in Russia’s interest? It would be a colossal mistake.”
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Russian oligarch criticized Putin in Moscow: “Will the destruction of Ukraine be in Russia’s interest? It would be a colossal mistake.”

Russian oligarch and businessman Oleg Deripaska gave a rare press conference in Moscow, criticizing Putin and the Kremlin. He spoke of "war", a term banned in Russia, as a mistake and admitted that sanctions "are much more painful for Russia than for the West, of course". Russian oligarch and businessman Oleg Deripaska on Tuesday called the conflict in Ukraine a "colossal mistake", where Russia launched a vast offensive in February, remarks of rare virulence by a representative of the Russian elite. “Will the destruction of Ukraine be in Russia's interest? Certainly not, that would be a colossal mistake,” he said in the course of a rare press conference in Moscow. Deripaska repeated this "colossal mistake" formula several times and described the situation in Ukraine as "war", a term ba...
Russian troops are on the verge of exhausting their combat capabilities
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Russian troops are on the verge of exhausting their combat capabilities

Analysts consider that changes in the territorial domain matter less than the general balance of forces, which could return to favor Ukraine in the coming months, with the entry of more Western weapons. Russian troops are on the verge of exhausting their combat capabilities, and will soon be forced to halt the offensive in the Donbas region, according to forecasts by Western intelligence services and military experts. "The time will come when the small advances that Russia is making will become unsustainable in the face of costs, and the Russian military will need a significant break to regenerate offensive capability," he said, according to The Washington Post", a senior Western official, on condition of anonymity. Over the past few weeks, the Russians have been making news of continu...