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    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Migration political crisis —  Vestager’s second strategy — NATO rumblings
    Apr29

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Migration political crisis — Vestager’s second strategy — NATO rumblings

    By Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu MIGRATION CLASH TODAY: The European Parliament is set to undermine the Council’s recent round of self-congratulation after tripling the budget of its border patrol operation Triton in response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis. WHO’S LEADING THE CHARGE? Dutch MEP and Liberal faction...

    Report: Russian cyber-spying tracked military campaign
    Apr28

    Report: Russian cyber-spying tracked military campaign

    A cyber-espionage campaign against Ukrainian security agencies ebbed and flowed with the tide of kinetic military activity by Russian and pro-Russian forces, even stopping during a ceasefire, according to a new report. The campaign, dubbed “Operation Armageddon,” has been publicly blamed by the Ukrainian intelligence service on Russia’s...

    A new approach to helping Ukraine
    Apr28

    A new approach to helping Ukraine

    Despite a sizeable $17.5 billion loan to Ukraine announced by the International Monetary Fund in March, there is a disconcerting sense that Western leaders are losing interest in the country. Not surprisingly, no new aid packages for Ukraine were announced at the recent meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. Meanwhile, President Obama still...

    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...

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