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Alberto Nardelli
For Alberto Nardelli's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 28, 2022
Europe’s push to punish Putin is falling short of the rhetoric
Diplomats and officials are getting increasingly frustrated the EU may already be reaching the limits of the short-term pain it can inflict on Russia.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 1, 2022
EU to propose phasing out Russian oil by the end of the year
The EU will also push for more banks from Russia and Belarus to be cut off from the SWIFT international payment system, including Sberbank, Russia's largest lender.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 29, 2022
Alarmed by inaction over Russian aggression, Europe rethinks ties with China
Senior lawmakers in Berlin, who now concede that such closeness to Russia was a historic liability, are starting to see the danger of repeating the mistake with another authoritarian regime.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 23, 2022
U.S. and EU are looking at ways to slash Putin's oil money
But one U.S. concern is that an outright EU ban on Russian oil could see prices skyrocket and give the Kremlin even more revenue.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Mar 29, 2022
NATO allies divided over whether they should be talking to Putin
With Russia's war in Ukraine now in its second month, a series of dilemmas are coming into sharp focus over conditions for any accord and potential security guarantees for Kyiv.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 27, 2022
Italy sought Russian deals just before Putin invaded Ukraine
Senior Italian and Russian officials reportedly met to discuss potential business investments worth hundreds of millions of euros just over a week before Moscow invaded Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 24, 2022
EU sanctions Russians linked to Putin but holds back on deploying full sanctions 'arsenal'
Member states of the bloc adopted sanctions Wednesday against 23 high-ranking individuals including banking executives, military chiefs, media figures and a top Kremlin official.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 24, 2022
Putin could burst Xi’s Olympic dream with a war in Ukraine
Russia has little incentive to antagonize China, its largest trading partner with total trade valuing $112 billion in 2020.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 15, 2022
Europe sees ‘new normal’ of constant Russia tensions on doorstep
As the U.S. and its allies struggle for a sense of Putin's true intentions, their attention is turning to what might happen either alongside, or in place of, a full military attack.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 10, 2022
Europe fears economic hit if Russia is sanctioned heavily over Ukraine
European nations also fret that Russia would likely retaliate, possibly even cutting crucial gas supplies to a continent already grappling with record high energy prices.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Nov 26, 2021
Mud could help decide timing of any move by Russia against Ukraine
The condition of terrain could create a window of diplomacy to steer President Vladimir Putin away from a war, analysts say.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 22, 2021
U.S. intel shows Russian plans for potential Ukraine invasion
The intelligence has been conveyed to some NATO members to back up U.S. concerns about Putin's possible intentions.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 16, 2021
U.S. and allies weigh reprisals if Russia moves against Ukraine
The effort is also aimed at steering Putin away from further aggression on Ukraine by making clear there would be a strong and coordinated response, sources said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 12, 2021
U.S. warns Europe that Russia may plan Ukraine invasion
The U.S. warnings over Ukraine comes on top of the more recent standoff between Poland and Belarus, a close Russian ally.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 29, 2021
Russia has abandoned climate denial and that may prove awkward
However sincere the Kremlin's engagement may be, some initiatives lack detail, while others could drag wider geopolitical disputes into negotiations.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 21, 2021
Biden assured G7 allies in June that U.S. would ensure Kabul’s stability
The discussions between G7 leaders highlight how many governments were caught off guard by the speed of the Taliban advance.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 18, 2021
Key climate talks are headed for trouble after G7 wrangling
Behind-the-scenes arguing among delegates — when progress was blocked by last-minute nerves, political tensions and a shortfall of funding — illustrates the difficult road ahead.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jun 11, 2021
Attending her last G7, Merkel has had enough of U.S. leadership
For Merkel, the relief is genuine at the prospect of dealing with Biden rather than Trump. Still, Europe is determined to carve out a bigger global role on a par with the U.S.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 12, 2021
China’s shadow hangs over private preparations for Boris Johnson’s G7
When the diplomatic emissaries of the G7 nations met virtually late last month to prepare for the leaders summit in June, one problem cropped up over and over again: What to do about China?
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 25, 2021
EU has high hopes for Mario Draghi as he steps into new role leading Italy
The 73-year-old veteran has built a reputation for being calm, ruthless and completely on top of the brief, but may be facing his biggest challenge yet.

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