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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R) after a meeting in 2014. (DANIEL DAL ZENNARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Italy Seeks Cooperation from Russia

Rome will ask Moscow for concessions on issues that it may not be able to grant.

Sberbank's headquarters in Moscow. (ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/GettyImages)

Russia's Ambition in Central Europe Exceeds Its Capability

Moscow wants to expand its influence, but it will be limited by its financial reality.

The Not-So-New Europe

The seemingly novel changes underway in Eastern Europe are actually a continuation of trends that have been playing out for thousands of years.