An EU-Russia meeting designed to improve post-gas crisis ties went wrong on Friday (6 January), when European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso clashed with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin over human rights. A visibly angry Mr Putin during a press conference in Moscow censured the commission chief for having discussed "legal matters" with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a bilateral meeting in his absence earlier the same day.
New contexts, old mentalities. During the Cold War, the communist countries leader praised their wonderful life standards with pictures from the "Wild West". One of their favorite topics was the homeless Americans. The former Russian president is accusing the EU states now of neglecting the minorities and immigrants. What about the constant attacks against foreigners in big Russian cities?