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    POLITICO Brussels Playbook: EU judges at war | Varoufakis out | The Le Pens| Spokespeople shuffle
    Apr28

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook: EU judges at war | Varoufakis out | The Le Pens| Spokespeople shuffle

    By Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu EU JUDGES AT WAR — ‘FIGHT CLUB’ ERA DAWNS IN EUROPE’S JUDICIARY: Judges are in battle mode over plans to double the size of the European Court of Justice, a change many believe is unnecessary. REFRESHER: WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE? http://bit.ly/1QBxAGT. Two quick primers:...

    EU to give Ukraine words, not guns or butter
    Apr27

    EU to give Ukraine words, not guns or butter

    KIEV — Ukraine is at war and facing an economic catastrophe, but this week’s summit with the European Union will leave the country virtually empty handed. Kiev won’t get any weapons or much money. The EU is balking at sending peacekeepers to the war-torn east of the country. Even the idea of giving Ukrainians visa-free entry to the EU...

    Ukrainian PM leads charge to erase Soviet history
    Apr27

    Ukrainian PM leads charge to erase Soviet history

    KIEV — Two weeks after a high-profile double-assassination in Kiev on April 16, conspiracy theories about the cause of the killings are still swirling around the city. “[The] parade of political murders obviously is not coincidental,” Victoria Sumar, a top official in Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s party, the People’s Front, wrote...

    Putin’s war on truth
    Apr27

    Putin’s war on truth

    It has been a disappointing year for everyone who hoped that Vladimir Putin would lose his appetite for Ukrainian land after taking Crimea. Putin has continued to push forward, to the west, and if he is looking for a catchy marketing slogan to promote the 2018 World Cup in his country it very well could be: “Visit Russia before Russia visits...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Ukraine Summit — Rumble in Riga — Driving Mr. Schulz
    Apr27

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Ukraine Summit — Rumble in Riga — Driving Mr. Schulz

    By Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu BRUSSELS INFLUENCE DEBUTS TODAY: POLITICO launches today Brussels Influence, a weekly intelligence and analysis newsletter on money and lobbying penned by POLITICO’s lobbying and government reporter James Panichi (@JamesPanichi). It’s the only product of its kind in Brussels. To learn...

    Miliband’s fighting words
    Apr24

    Miliband’s fighting words

    Ed Miliband has set out his stall on foreign policy – and it faces Europe and away from America. Speaking at London’s grand old establishment think-tank Chatham House Friday, the Labour leader tried to mark out himself up as different – not a little-Englander isolationist like sitting Prime Minister David Cameron, in his telling, or a...

    Italian right lends a hand to pro-Russian separatists
    Apr24

    Italian right lends a hand to pro-Russian separatists

    In a small gesture with much larger political symbolism, an NGO with close ties to the right-wing, northern Italian separatist party Lega Nord is planning on sending a modest delivery of aid to Russian-allied separatists in war-torn eastern Ukraine this week, POLITICO has learned. While humanitarian in nature, the shipment is consistent with the...

    No, Prime Minister
    Apr24

    No, Prime Minister

    Last week I took part in a wonderful conference on Jews and the Opera, hosted by the Flemish Opera and the University of Antwerp. We discussed, among much else, the mutual inspiration of synagogue songs and some of Europe’s greatest musical compositions. It was a gentle and civilized debate, except for two dissonant notes: the ghost of...

    World war Obama
    Apr24

    World war Obama

    President Barack Obama’s expression of remorse on Thursday for the death of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike underscored one of the great frustrations of his presidency: His dream of extricating the U.S. from messy foreign conflicts remains just that. Obama pledged in his 2013 inaugural address that “a decade of war is now ending,” but...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Greek heat — Migration omnishambles — European Divides — Schulz readies to replace Merkel
    Apr24

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Greek heat — Migration omnishambles — European Divides — Schulz readies to replace Merkel

    by Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu MISSED THE POLITICO PRINT EDITION? HERE’S THE 32-PAGE PDF: http://bit.ly/1d3nWxh DRIVING THE DAY >>> WILL WE EVER SEE PROGRESS ON GREECE? WHY DOES TODAY MATTER? BEGINNING OF THE LAST CHANCE SALOON: The new left-wing Greek government was supposed to present detailed reform plans today...

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