Sanctions are designed to hurt and in most cases they do just that. But in Russia, cheesemongers are benefitting. The government is providing them with cheap loans to satisfy people’s appetite for European cheese.
The economic measures prevent EU citizens and companies from investing in Crimea and Sevastopol. Russia's annexation of the peninsula in 2014 prompted the sanctions.
Germany's new parliamentary envoy to Russia, Dirk Wiese, spoke to DW about about his first trip to the country and plans for the future. He says better Berlin-Moscow cooperation can help bring the two countries together.
The leader of Austria's Freedom Party says he wants to end EU sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis. Heinz-Christian Strache says the measures have damaged the Austrian economy.
After the recent Singapore summit between North Korea and the US, Russian President Putin has issued an invitation to Kim Jong Un. A senior official met with Putin hours before the World Cup opening ceremony.
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