Mary Dejevsky

One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. She is now the chief editorial writer and a columnist at The Independent and regularly appears on radio and television. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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London's New Year's Eve fireworks event is going to be ticketed this year for the first time at £10 a head

London’s far too exclusive already, so don’t start charging people for the New Year’s Eve fireworks

It may seem like a sensible idea, but Boris Johnson's plan sets a worrying new precedent

Councils have drastically raised the threshold for when they are prepared to help elderly people or those with disabilities

Merging social care services with the NHS makes sense

And anyone who is really in the business of serving the public will agree

Putin faces domestic pressure to both scale down and ramp up the conflict

Ukraine crisis: A ceasefire suits both parties – but how long will it last?

The question is: is this more than a publicity stunt?

A military attache examines a Russian T-64BV tank displayed in Kiev on August 29, 2014. Russian weapons and artillery, seized by Ukrainian forces from pro-Russian separatists

How Nato should respond to this Russian ‘incursion’

After stating from the outset that it will not be fighting for Ukraine, the priority will be to project unity and determination

The main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex

Grant asylum to migrants who arrive close to death – but don’t be surprised if it inspires more tragedies

The validity of asylum can't be decided by the deprivation endured en route

After his holiday in Portugal, David Cameron’s summer has been dominated by controversy

We wouldn't need to recall Parliament if it worked on the same schedule as the rest of us do

The inflexible tradition of annual recess isn't in keeping with the rest of the world

Drivers with the Russian convoy

Ukraine crisis: Russian convoy on border as situation approaches potentially explosive endgame

West fears that the 300 vehicles are not carrying aid, but military reinforcements for the beleaguered rebels

Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland speaks at the Commonwealth Games media centre

Things might not be looking good for Alex Salmond, but Scotland needs its leader to fight until the end

Resentment will be greater if the Yes side feel that their leaders let them down

Russian President Putin has said that MH17 should not be used for

This is as much as a catastrophe for Putin as it is everyone else

Russia has done everything but admit guilt, although it could soon find itself with nowhere to hide

Bob Kerslake: being forced out of his job after less than two years, having 'failed' to implement changes in Whitehall

It’s time for the Civil Service to start looking outwards

And a boss with business experience won’t hurt

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