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    Commission may put off big decisions on energy union
    Feb11

    Commission may put off big decisions on energy union

    The crisis in Ukraine has highlighted Europe’s dangerous dependence on Russian gas and the lack of an interconnected energy market. Yet despite the increasing urgency of Europe’s energy predicament, it appears that the European Commission will put off major decisions when it adopts a much-awaited strategy paper on energy union on 25...

    Member states oppose Commission’s plan to withdraw waste proposal
    Feb10

    Member states oppose Commission’s plan to withdraw waste proposal

    A plan to obtain member state endorsement of the Commission’s intention to withdraw the ‘circular economy’ proposal to reduce waste landfill was dealt an unexpected blow today (10 February) by Europe ministers meeting in Brussels. The Commission planned to ask ministers meeting at the general affairs council today whether they had a...

    Borisov pushes for gas hub at Sofia summit
    Feb09

    Borisov pushes for gas hub at Sofia summit

    Boiko Borisov, the prime minister of Bulgaria, pushed the European Commission and member states to select Bulgaria as the site of a new ‘gas hub’ that will bring new sources of energy to Europe, during a high-level energy summit in Sofia today (9 February). Borisov suggested the idea during a visit to the European Commission last month, as...

    Sanctions on Russians deferred
    Feb09

    Sanctions on Russians deferred

    The European Union has decided to defer new sanctions on Russian officials and pro-Russian separatists by a week in order to give extra space to diplomatic efforts by France and Germany to broker a lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. The EU’s foreign ministers had been expected to rubber-stamp a new blacklist at a meeting today (9...

    The EU fights fires in its neighbourhood
    Feb09

    The EU fights fires in its neighbourhood

    When the leaders of the European Union’s member states gather in Brussels on Thursday (12 February), their minds will be on issues of war and peace. François Hollande, France’s president, was blunt this weekend about the dangers created by the rivers of blood flowing in eastern Ukraine. “If we do not manage to find not just a...

    Emergency Eurogroup called to discuss Greece
    Feb06

    Emergency Eurogroup called to discuss Greece

    Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday (11 February) in an attempt to contain discussions over Greece’s bail-out and prevent them from spilling over into a summit of European Union leaders the following day. The decision to organise an emergency Eurogroup was taken following a meeting of economic experts from eurozone...

    EU leaders prepare terrorism response
    Feb05

    EU leaders prepare terrorism response

    European Union leaders will gather in Brussels on Thursday (12 February) to seek agreement on a co-ordinated response to the terrorist threat from returning jihadist fighters in Syria. Ministers have been laying the groundwork for an EU response. Last Friday (30 January) interior ministers meeting in Riga adopted a joint statement calling for the...

    Africa and Ukraine on foreign ministers’ agenda
    Feb05

    Africa and Ukraine on foreign ministers’ agenda

    Foreign ministers from the European Union’s member states will arrive in Brussels on Monday (9 February) for their third meeting in three weeks – but the pressure of security and political crises may still upset the scheduled agenda. The focus of the meeting is supposed to be on the EU’s relations with Africa, with ministers taking up...

    Europe needs to recognise the threat from Russia
    Feb05

    Europe needs to recognise the threat from Russia

    Even though some of its member states are reluctant to do so, the European Union should regard Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a serious threat to peace and stability in Europe. The impact of the EU’s graduated use of sanctions against Russia and the vast deterioration in Moscow’s relationship with the west ought to persuade any...

    Putin: bad, sad or mad?
    Feb05

    Putin: bad, sad or mad?

    Is Vladimir Putin bad, sad or mad? Is he a sinister and effective tyrant, cleverly taking advantage of the West’s weakness? Is he balancing precariously at the head of a failing state? Or is he delusional? The short answer is that we do not really know. We do not know how Putin thinks. We do not know what information he gets. We do not know...

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