After years struggling to survive in the cut-throat textiles sector, German company Mustang Jeans had only just pulled itself back from the brink of crisis when it saw a 40-percent drop in its Russian sales. In 2014 it was in the red once again.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine hasn't been widely reported on in the media recently. But with the Champions League final in Kyiv, attention is focussed back on the conflict, and how football fans are coping.
The 1962 Cuban missile crisis brought the world as close as it has ever been to a global nuclear war. Is the Syrian dispute between the US and Russia in any way comparable to the most dangerous episode of the Cold War?
The rise of populist politics in Europe has weakened press freedom in a region where it was once most secure, according to Reporters Without Borders. China, Russia and Donald Trump also pose threats to journalists.
The EU and the US have imposed wave after wave of sanctions on Russia since the beginning of the Crimea crisis in 2014. However, the Kremlin is sticking to its course and Vladimir Putin's power has only grown.
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