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    Too important to neglect
    Mar26

    Too important to neglect

    The European Commission published yesterday (25 March) its annual reports on the European Union’s neighbouring countries. Collectively, they convey an impression of instability close at hand. The European reader has good reason to be grateful for the resilience of Ukraine, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan. The neighbourhood reports do not,...

    Juozas Olekas – Doctor-politician
    Mar26

    Juozas Olekas – Doctor-politician

    As Russia continues to flex its muscles in the east, Juozas Olekas, Lithuania’s defence minister, is having a busy time. Less than a year ago, he was urging Lithuanians to “sleep tight” and not panic. Since then, Lithuania has reinforced its reputation as one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters in the EU – and one of the harshest...

    Insecurity casts pall over EU’s backyard
    Mar26

    Insecurity casts pall over EU’s backyard

    The European Commission today (25 March) published reports on 12 states neighbouring the European Union that collectively show that conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Palestine have significantly constrained the EU’s efforts to promote trade, human rights and political reform. Nonetheless, the reports by the European Commission,...

    Only peace will bring end to sanctions against Russia, says EU
    Mar20

    Only peace will bring end to sanctions against Russia, says EU

    The European Union will lift economic sanctions against Russia only when it fulfils all the conditions of a peace deal agreed with Ukraine, national leaders of the EU’s member states decided today (19 March) at a summit in Brussels. The agreement amounts to an adjustment of the EU’s eight-month-old regime of economic sanctions to...

    Russia and energy on summit agenda
    Mar19

    Russia and energy on summit agenda

    Many leaders of the European Union’s member states are heading into a two-day summit today expecting a relatively quiet meeting, but fearful that a topic that is not on the agenda, Greece’s battle with its creditors, will disrupt the meeting and sour the mood. The summit will start with a conversation with Martin Schulz, the president...

    EU struggles to find consensus on Libya
    Mar19

    EU struggles to find consensus on Libya

    Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, is asking European leaders to consider deploying troops to Libya to help international efforts to stabilise the country, but the idea has been greeted warily. She has also encountered deep scepticism about proposals to create camps in Libya to house would-be migrants to Europe....

    Crimea Tatars living ‘in fear’
    Mar19

    Crimea Tatars living ‘in fear’

    The leader of the Crimean Tatars has warned that, 12 months after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, his community is living in an “atmosphere of fear and intimidation”, and is being weakened by migration. Mustafa Dzhemilev, a Soviet-era dissident who has been thrown out of Crimea, said in Brussels on 17 March that a United Nations calculation...

    How to lose friends and alienate people
    Mar19

    How to lose friends and alienate people

    Friendship generates goodwill and friends in need of favours can usually expect offers of help and understanding. The European Union’s political culture attaches a premium to co-operation and solidarity because the club cannot successfully function without them. Member states only lose the goodwill of their partners in extreme...

    Imagining Russia without Putin
    Mar19

    Imagining Russia without Putin

    Prescient or preposterous? Vladimir Putin’s absence from public life sparked a frenzy of speculation last week. Some commentators thought a backstage coup was under way or at least a full-scale Kremlin power struggle, in which the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (a staunch ally of Putin) was ranged against the siloviki of the security and...

    Crimea’s grim anniversary
    Mar16

    Crimea’s grim anniversary

    The first anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula falls on Wednesday (18 March). In Russia, the anniversary will be hard to miss: large celebrations are planned. The European Union will mark the moment in glum ways, both explicitly – EU foreign ministers will put out a critical statement when they meet today...

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