Europe Editor Matt Frei on Europe and the world.
A thick and timely fog has descended on Kiev and its politics. Outside parliament the men in uniform are still manning the barricades, but all their anger for now is being vented on logs.
They wield the axe to create more and more firewood that stoke the fires that keep them warm in what has become a waiting game for the entire country.
The centre of Kiev has been turned into a shrine for the martyrs of the revolution, and Maidan looks and smells like a flower show on the barricades.
President Yanukovych flees Kiev allowing protesters to take over and leaving his presidential compound – complete with private zoo – open to the people.
A compromise has been reached between Ukraine’s government, opposition leaders and EU politicians – but that is a far cry from a deal being accepted by the protesters in Kiev’s
The Sochi Games are a vanity project for the country’s leader – and Vladimir Putin, convinced this is Russia’s return to the world stage, is unconcerned by the outrage over his
The EU flag may hang listlessly outside buildings in Europe. But anti-government protesters in Ukraine carry it to the frontline like a medieval standard.
The air is filled with the cacophony of revolution. Stun grenades, the ping of rubber bullets and the relentless drumming of any piece of metal that makes a noise.
The crisis in Kiev has turned uglier. The revolution has bedded in for the long winter. It will test Europe’s resolve and diplomatic touch – but will Brussels be up to the
Eyebrows have been raised. France was heard muttering an obscenity. That is essentially how George Osborne’s “reform or perish” speech on Europe will be received in Paris or
Kiev resembles a film set for a revolutionary movie, still looking for a suitable ending. So how will a political battle between world powers play out on Ukraine’s streets?