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    Russia and Ukraine strike gas deal
    Mar03

    Russia and Ukraine strike gas deal

    Russia and Ukraine reached an understanding late Monday night (2 March), after hours of talks brokered by the European Union, that will avert a threatened cut to gas supplies to Ukraine. “I am satisfied that we managed to safeguard the full application of the Winter Package for the supply needs in Ukraine,” said Maroš Šefčovič, the European...

    Mass rally for murdered politician in Moscow
    Mar02

    Mass rally for murdered politician in Moscow

    Thousands of people marched in Moscow on Sunday (1 March) to honour Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who was killed on Friday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot on a bridge near the Kremlin. He was a top official in the Republican Party of Russia/Party of People’s Freedom, a liberal opposition group. Nemtsov has been a vocal critic of Vladimir...

    Frontex chief warns of difficult year ahead for Mediterranean
    Feb28

    Frontex chief warns of difficult year ahead for Mediterranean

    For the new head of Europe’s often criticised border management agency, Frontex, 2015 is shaping up to be a particularly demanding year. The agency may have been granted an extra €20 million in its quest to patrol the external borders of the European Union’s member states, but with the crisis in the Mediterranean set to worsen,...

    The DNA of German foreign policy
    Feb26

    The DNA of German foreign policy

    The harsh reality of the past year has created unprecedented challenges for Germany and its foreign policy. The crisis in Ukraine spiraled out of control, with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, followed by military escalation in the eastern Donbas region, calling into question the post-1945 European order. And, though the measures agreed in...

    Gazprom to exempt rebel-held zone from gas talks
    Feb26

    Gazprom to exempt rebel-held zone from gas talks

    Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom today (26 February) said that it would separate out gas supplies to the rebel-held Donbass region of Ukraine from its dispute with Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz. Russia and Ukraine are locked in an ongoing conflict over gas supplies, with Russia threatening to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine within...

    Gazprom puts the squeeze on Ukraine
    Feb26

    Gazprom puts the squeeze on Ukraine

    Russia has opened up a new front in its battle to undermine the Ukrainian government, testing the European Union’s commitment to Kiev by threatening to cut off gas supplies. The chief executive of the Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, Aleksei Miller, warned that the halt to supplies would create “serious risks for gas transit to...

    Ministers to respond to energy union plans
    Feb26

    Ministers to respond to energy union plans

    Energy ministers from the European Union’s member states will next week assess the European Commission’s energy union strategy, which was adopted yesterday, and prepare a response to be backed by EU leaders at a summit on 19-20 March. All member states have been broadly supportive of the energy union concept, with one exception:...

    Estonian election too close to call
    Feb26

    Estonian election too close to call

    The ruling, liberal Reform Party and the centre-left opposition Centre Party are neck and neck in opinion polls ahead of a general election in Estonia on Sunday (1 March). The polls put the Reform Party of Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas on 23% of the vote, with the Centre Party on 22% and the Social Democrats, the current junior coalition partner,...

    Why oil is not yet a blessing for the eastern Mediterranean
    Feb26

    Why oil is not yet a blessing for the eastern Mediterranean

    On an economist’s map, the eastern Mediterranean looks like a good spot in which to find and transport oil and gas. To the south, east, north and north-west lie energy-hungry markets. But put country names on the map – Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel and Egypt – and hydrocarbons seem like the fuel of a geopolitical nightmare. Still, for a...

    A nightmare foretold
    Feb26

    A nightmare foretold

    Screaming a warning that goes unheard is the stuff of nightmares. But for many in the ex-captive nations it is the daily experience of more than two decades. Following Vladimir Putin’s triumph in Minsk, Western leaders and pundits are beginning, belatedly, to notice that Russia is not just unpleasant, but menacing, and that we lack means of...

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