Eleanor Beardsley

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Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast

Saturday, April 19, 2014

In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge.


Both Sides Dig In Their Heels Over Crimea Crisis

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Ukraine shares a long history with Russia, but the latest crisis is driving a wedge between the two countries and reinforcing a sense of national identity among many Ukrainians.


Dans Le Train, French Spend Their Commute Learning English

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A recent study ranked France at the bottom in Europe when it came to English proficiency. But some French are trying, like those who take lessons on high-speed commuter trains.


Paris Poised To Elect City Of Light's First Female Mayor

Friday, March 28, 2014

Two women are leading the race to be the next mayor of Paris — but the contest between them is as much about class and gender politics as local government.


Ukrainians Speculate What Russia Plans To Do Next

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ukrainians in Kiev are debating if the Russian military buildup on the border between the two countries is just saber rattling or the precursor to a second incursion.


A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ukraine has a long history of impunity when it comes to its treatment of journalists and activists. A recent incident leaves many wondering if the new government will bring true change.


As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As the White House widens sanctions against Vladimir Putin's inner circle, Russia's retaliating with some of its own. Meanwhile, Ukrainians are looking on, concerned about further Russian incursion.


For Crimea, Split From Ukraine Would Be Complicated And Costly

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crimea is a poor region, heavily subsidized by Kiev, and gets all its gas, water and food from Ukraine. Russia doesn't even have a land link with the Crimean peninsula and absorbing it will affect banks, schools, tourism and pensions for residents.


Anger And Shock In Kiev Over Russia's Land Grab

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

People on the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev offer ideas about how the country should respond to Crimea seceding to join Russia.


Kiev Mobilizes Thousands Of Troops, Preparing For Worst

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to mobilize 40,000 reservists as Kiev tries to beef up its military following the referendum in Crimea.


Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia

Monday, March 17, 2014

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Morning Edition checks in with NPR's Gregory Warner in Simferopol and Eleanor Beardsley in Kiev for the latest.


With All Eyes On The East, A Seige Mentality Settles On Kiev

Friday, March 14, 2014

As the Crimean referendum approaches and Russia conducts military maneuvers near the border, many in Kiev say they feel under siege. They're convinced that Russian ambitions extend beyond Crimea.


How Sanctions Against Russia Could Come Back To Bite Europe

Saturday, March 08, 2014

EU countries are threatening punitive economic measures against Russia for its involvement in Crimea, but longstanding ties between Russia and the EU could make sanctions a double-edged sword.


France Mourns Filmmaker Alain Resnais

Monday, March 03, 2014

Prolific French film-maker Alain Resnais died over the weekend at the age of 91. Resnais' films captured international awards over seven decades. And, he was making movies up until the very end.


France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower

Sunday, February 09, 2014

France became the first European country this week to join a worldwide effort to destroy ivory. The goal is to send a warning to ivory traffickers and to anyone who might not consider buying it a serious crime.


New Constitution Is A Sign Of Tunisia's Optimism

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tunisian lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a new constitution later this week. Political wrangling over the document has long delayed the ratification process, but if the constitution gains final approval on Tuesday, as planned, it will set the stage for a new round of parliamentary elections.


Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

Saturday, December 28, 2013

For more than two centuries, France's Pleyel pianos were among the best in the world. They were a favorite of Chopin and Debussy. But now the iconic brand has been forced to close its last remaining plant.


Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again

Sunday, December 15, 2013

For the third time in recent years, France has sent troops into a former African colony, the Central African Republic. The French public generally supports these missions, mainly because they are not to prop up dictators, as they have been in the past.


Will The French Really Pay More for 'Made in France'?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Like much of Europe, the French economy is still struggling. But a recent poll showed that more than 70 percent of the French were willing to pay more for goods made at home, and the numbers were supported by a strong turnout at a Made in France fair in Paris.


France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest

Friday, November 08, 2013

For more than a century, French law has allowed stores to open on Sundays only under specific conditions. It also tightly controls other types of Sunday work. Several stores are now challenging that ban, as people question the tradition amid a languishing economy and a 24/7 world.