Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s contradictory actions confused both his allies and European leaders.

  • Jul 1, 2015

The decision appeared to reflect a growing European sense that Greece is in a no-win situation.

  • Jul 1, 2015

Amid growing questions about whether it will be able to remain in the euro zone, Greece’s missed payment was a landmark moment in Europe’s five-year battle to preserve its common currency.

  • Jun 30, 2015

Greece appeared increasingly likely to miss a critical debt payment, while Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt.

  • Jun 29, 2015

Even at the brink of fiscal disaster, there is little consensus about whether to stick with the euro.

  • Jun 29, 2015

European markets were tumbling in the wake of Greece’s decision to impose a bank holiday.

  • Jun 29, 2015

The bid to stem panic comes as the nation’s battle to stay on the euro appeared to be nearing an end.

  • Jun 28, 2015

Fewer students are traveling to the U.K., thanks to a weak ruble and a national push to focus on Russia.

  • Jun 24, 2015

Putin has been riding sky-high since the March 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

  • Jun 24, 2015

U.S. companies, pressed at home to stay away from last year’s event, are back at the annual economic forum.

  • Jun 19, 2015
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Michael Birnbaum is The Post’s Moscow bureau chief, responsible for the countries that once made up the Soviet Union. He previously served as the Berlin correspondent and as an education reporter in Washington. He has covered the Egyptian Revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. He has also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.
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