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    Why was Boris Nemtsov murdered?
    Mar05

    Why was Boris Nemtsov murdered?

    Boris Nemtsov, my closest friend in Russian politics, is dead. My immediate reaction to his murder was misery and fury. Now, it is fear for what it may herald. One set of possibilities surrounds the theory that his assassination was ordered by the Putin regime. It could be a simple attempt to silence him. Nemtsov was about to release a report on...

    Merkel and Juncker aim to conclude TTIP this year
    Mar04

    Merkel and Juncker aim to conclude TTIP this year

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, said during a visit to the European Commission today (4 March) that she wants a free trade deal between the EU and the US to be concluded by the end of this year. Merkel made the comments following her first official meeting with the college of European commissioners in Brussels, during a press...

    Kalniete: ‘I was at the mercy of Russian authorities’
    Mar04

    Kalniete: ‘I was at the mercy of Russian authorities’

    For most of 14 hours that Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete spent in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, it was unclear whether Russian authorities would allow her to leave. Kalniete, a former Latvian foreign minister and briefly the country’s European commissioner in 2004, had caught an evening flight to Moscow on Sunday in...

    MEP denied entry to Russia for Nemtsov funeral
    Mar03

    MEP denied entry to Russia for Nemtsov funeral

    Sandra Kalniete, a Latvian MEP and vice-chairwoman of the centre-right European People’s Party group, says that she was denied entry to Russia yesterday (2 March) to attend the funeral of Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was murdered on Friday. Kalniete, who was briefly Latvia’s European commissioner in 2004, said on Twitter...

    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...

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