Transatlantic relations have been deeply shaken by reports that US intelligence agencies spy on European Union offices and institutions. Some European lawmakers say talks on a proposed trade treaty should be put on hold.
Russian lawmakers banned the reporters of the US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from attending Duma sessions. Previously, Russia's Justice Ministry designated the outlets as "foreign agents."
Germany's top spy, Bruno Kahl, has delivered a dramatic warning about Russia's military ambitions in the European Union. But some analysts think that such alarmism only plays into the Kremlin's hands.
Wolfgang Schäuble is one of the most influential German politicians never to have been chancellor. The challenges that he will face as president of Germany's parliament include the far-right AfD.
Russia may require US media to register as a 'foreign agent.' It comes in response to similar moves by Washington against Kremlin-backed media.
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