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    Unapologetic occupier
    Apr01

    Unapologetic occupier

    Old wounds are aching in the former captive nations, now the frontline states in the new cold war, which long for their friends to feel their pain and fear. But for the Russian leadership, the lessons of history are different, as two expertly produced new propaganda videos show. One is called “I am a Russian occupier”. It highlights the positive...

    Vestager escalates probe against Bulgarian energy company
    Mar26

    Vestager escalates probe against Bulgarian energy company

    The state-owned energy company Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) is breaking EU competition rules, according to an accusation that was formally levelled by Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, on Monday (23 March). The company, Bulgaria’s incumbent energy company, must now respond to the allegation that it is using...

    Ukraine turns to EU for gas
    Mar26

    Ukraine turns to EU for gas

    Ukraine will from 1 April turn mainly to European suppliers of gas rather than to Russia after the expiry of a six-month winter agreement between the Russian energy giant Gazprom and the Ukrainian distributor Naftogaz. Ukraine will be able to take gas from Russia on a pre-payment basis and under the terms of a deal struck in 2009 that is...

    How to weaken alliances
    Mar26

    How to weaken alliances

    Damaging myths about Europe’s security beset thinking here in the American capital. Barack Obama’s administration still believes that the crisis is essentially temporary and minor. His Republican critics in Congress believe it can be solved by arming Ukraine. Many policymakers believe that the conflict with Vladimir Putin’s...

    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....

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