Matina Stevis-Gridneff

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“Tough Questions for West as Ukraine Cities Teeter,” ⁦@Tmgneff⁩ ⁦@MatinaStevis⁩ ⁦…
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Russia has partly succeeded in claiming, falsely, that the global grain crunch is due to Western sanctions against it. Yet grains are not sanctioned, and even if they were, there is a humanitarian exemption written into all EU sanctions against Russia.…
Poland offers a glimpse of a country where abortion is already practically out of reach even in the gravest circumstances.
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Along the way, her 3-and-a-half-year-old son, Adan, tugged at her robe, begging for food & water. But there was none to give, she said. “We buried him, and kept walking.” The heart breaks & boils with anger. Vital reporting by @Lattif @malinfezehai…
Australia’s new prime minister appointed the country’s first “minister for the republic” — a position intended to begin the transition away from the British monarchy to an Australian head of state. But the idea is far from the top of the agenda.
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NEW: The US alerts 14 countries, most in Africa, that Russian ships filled with stolen Ukrainian grain could be headed their way, posing a dilemma to countries facing dire food shortages. Russia has stolen up to 500,000 tons of wheat, worth $100 million.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain will face a no-confidence vote on Monday after months of crisis over lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street. Follow our live updates.
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Like the prince, the shah of Iran was an unelected monarch with a tarnished human rights record. But (Jimmy) Carter was obliged to celebrate with him for a cause that was of great concern to people back home: cheaper gasoline and secure oil supplies.…
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Wrote this on language, identity and feelings towards Russia in east Ukraine (mainly in Kharkiv)…
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Europe can often look more fractious than it is. Where it matters, however, the EU has shown unity, as a new sanctions package against Russia demonstrates
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The European Union has just legally adopted its sixth round of sanctions against Russia and Belarus for the invasion of Ukraine. Full legal text here.…
Please share this heartbreaking video widely - these people including small children have still not been rescued by @hellenicpolice despite a court order.…
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The ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia's Western Tigray is so dire that @hrw and @amnesty have teamed up to highlight it in @ForeignAffairs and to stress the importance of the African Union and the United Nations addressing it.…
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Three years with @nytimes 🥳 What a time to be here doing this work.
❗"Please help. The children will die here." Got this message & a video of crying, sick children this morning. Equal measure heartbreaking & infuriating. @hellenicpolice still has not assisted these asylum seekers on Evros islet despite orders by @ECHR_CEDH & Greek prosecutor 1/…
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EU diplomats have been begrudging the US administration's inability to lean on Gulf countries to up oil production. This is key for Europe, which is taking the biggest hit by banning RU fuels to hurt Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.…
EU sixth sanctions package approved. Hungarians succeeded in removing Patriarch Kirill of Moscow from the list.
The only possible outcome of this is that EIB will get the best, most impactful press coverage. Because Nikos doesn’t do anything poorly. Will miss you in journalism, they’re too lucky to have you. Good luck ♥️…
Why is there a global food crisis? "Russia is currently blocking 22 million tons of grain in Ukraine, bombarding houses where wheat is stored, and mining fields," said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.…
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The war in Ukraine is pushing the country to expand its prosthetics industry. “There are already hundreds. The numbers are frightening,” a Ukrainian doctor said, referring to the number of soldiers who have lost limbs.
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EU Tightens Vise on Russia With Sweeping Oil Embargo, Dials Up Support For Ukraine Your Tuesday morning wrap of what happened at the important EU summit yesterday, and what to expect today, on our @nytimes live blog.…
Faint white smoke on EU oil embargo deal.
A 32-year-old French journalist was killed on Monday in eastern Ukraine when the armored bus he was riding in was hit by shrapnel from a shell, according to French and Ukrainian authorities.
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Back when ruble-gate was hot someone on Twitter said, you'll know who's paying Gazprom in rubles because the gas will keep flowing to them. A month on, it's more like you'll know who's NOT paying in rubles because the gas gets cut off. Hint: most are paying in rubles.
Dutch energy provider GasTerra announces Gazprom will cease its gas supply starting tomorrow, after the company refused to settle payments in rubles.
EU poised to punish Russia with previously unthinkable oil embargo. Effective Hungary carveout signals we're in a 26 versus 1 world now. Our take based on the latest -->…
There are too many good memes on the Chou, follow them…
Protesters pleaded for a full embargo on Russian energy in front of the European Council’s headquarters in Brussels, hours before European leaders were set to begin a summit on Ukraine.
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For EU Bubble dwellers, you may need ice skates to cross Rue de la Loi from the Berlayment to Justus Lipsius. Yikes.
Much as the Orban dissent and 26 vs 1 narrative is important, it's also important methinks to note that the EU is going to ban the vast majority of Russian oil imports by the end of the year. A measure once unthinkable, that will definitely hit Russia's finances.
Vintage Orban at EU summit doorstep: says there's no agreement, goes hard against the Commission. Then asked about the deal his own ambassador negotiated, excluding piped oil, says "The pipeline solution is not bad. You mean leaving out the pipeline? Yeah. It's a good approach."
Tragedy and serendipity are dispensed randomly in war, and on March 5, when a Russian plane fell from the sky, they produced two very different results in Chernihiv, a city in Ukraine’s north.
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The Haiti project is a tour de force that no news organization other than the New York Times could ever produce. I cannot recommend enough that you take time to read the entire multi-part project. Start here:…
Which is in turn partly driven by the absence of mandatory paid maternity leave. Which is in turn partly driven by … and so on……
Scathing assessment of “off ramp” and “saving face” and “ceasefire” talk, which is getting more popular these days.…
A new report said that mass killings, deliberate attacks on shelters and evacuation routes and the indiscriminate bombardment of residential areas by Russian forces had established a “genocidal pattern” against Ukrainians, violating the Genocide Convention
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El Hadj Gueye looked up at the the smoke-stained building. He had no words. His baby son had died in the blaze. This was the second tragedy to hit the family in less than a month. At the same hospital, Mr. Gueye’s wife had died giving birth to the baby.
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Going to do some threads reflecting dozens of off and on record meetings with business leaders, world leaders bankers, boxers at WEF … on UK-EU trade, on Russia-Ukraine, and first… some utter energy confusion among everyone here:
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“Orban will be forced to yield... [but] the election victory is making him even bolder in his willingness to fight Brussels down to the wire.” @Mij_Europe's take in @MatinaStevis's story. Like 🇳🇱 Rutte, we think 🇭🇺 ultimately green-lights a 🇷🇺 oil…nDrwjm
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President Vladimir Putin signed a decree opening a fast track to citizenship for Ukrainian residents of areas controlled by Russia, a step toward annexing territory in southeast Ukraine.
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Enjoyed moderating this. Striking how more pro-EU Moldova & Georgia are than some EU leaders.…
“Videos obtained by CNN, corroborated by testimony from eight eyewitnesses, an audio forensic analyst and an explosive weapons expert, suggest that Abu Akleh was shot dead in a targeted attack by Israeli forces.”…
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“Today is a dark day,” Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas. He did not immediately call for any policy proposals to curb mass shootings and is scheduled to speak at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston on Friday.
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“Oil is fungible” — George Soros in three words says what many have been trying to explain with many. The EU oil embargo isn’t *the* measure that will hurt Putin. A gas embargo is, he says. #WEF22 #DAVOS22
European way of life (commission Vice President buying snacks at Swiss gas station on his way to Davos)…
Inclusive leadership is paramount: you've got to look like the world you're seeking to help. To be an effective org in today's world, you need to be younger & match diversity. Good to be part of discussion led by @MatinaStevis today on leadership in an era of rolling crises.
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