Erika Solomon
French President Emmanuel Macron greets Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Feb. 26.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 9, 2024
Macron and Scholz, never close, spar over policy toward Ukraine and Russia
A fraught relationship has recently turned bitter, with insults and barbs threatening European unity at a critical moment.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 18, 2024
‘Dictators do not go on vacation,’ Zelenskyy warns Washington and Europe
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on world leaders not to abandon his country saying that Russia would continue to test the international order.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 10, 2023
China woos European leaders on trip overshadowed by Kremlin ties
As the European Union considers sanctions aimed at companies that supply Russia through third countries, China's top envoy warned against imposing sanctions on Chinese firms.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2023
Pentagon leaks: New twists in a familiar plot
The Pentagon intelligence leaks have offered new details about the state of the war in Ukraine but have not fundamentally altered the overall picture of it.
Japan Times
Jan 3, 2023
A bittersweet first year for Germany’s new chancellor
Entering office with a progressive agenda while offering Germans an air of stability, Olaf Scholz has instead been thrust into the role of a crisis chancellor.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 3, 2022
‘Condemned to lead’ Europe, German chancellor struggles to make impact
Facing its worst crisis since World War II, Europe is looking for leadership. Olaf Scholz is trying to take up the role, but faces a tepid response.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2022
In Ukraine, one minority group is ambivalent about the war
After Moscow's invasion, some Ukrainians worry that divided loyalties within the country's small ethnic Hungarian minority might make it susceptible to pro-Russia propaganda from Hungary.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2022
As food shortages loom, a race to free Ukraine’s stranded grain
The Lithuania route appears to be the most promising for getting food quickly to areas like the Middle East and Africa that need Ukrainian grain the most, even if it is also a long shot.
Japan Times
May 30, 2022
For Russian-speaking Ukrainians, language clubs offer way to defy invaders
Many Ukraine citizens speak Russian as their first language. Volunteer organizations are helping them improve their Ukrainian and abandon “the occupiers' language.”


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