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    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — UK general election special
    May01

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — UK general election special

    by Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | send tips to rheath@politico.eu Welcome to a special UK election edition of Brussels Playbook: your guide to what’s about to happen in Britain and what you need to know come May 8. BUT FIRST, A REMINDER: Today is the six-month anniversary of the Juncker Commission. AND SOME EU SPEED READS: 1) ORBÁN BACKS AWAY...

    Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster
    Apr30

    Ex-U.S., Russian brass: ‘De-alert’ nukes or risk disaster

    Amid all the talk about a new Cold War, here’s one hard, cold fact: Nearly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington and Moscow still have nearly 2,000 atomic bombs ready to fly at a moment’s notice to destroy each other. And that so-called hair-trigger alert is now sparking new concerns that deepening distrust...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Refugee burden-sharing  — Orbán cowboy — Microsoft lobbying
    Apr30

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Refugee burden-sharing — Orbán cowboy — Microsoft lobbying

    by Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | send tips to rheath@politico.eu GERMANY MOVES THE DIAL ON ASYLUM QUOTAS: The Guardian breaks the story that Germany is now pushing hard to revamp Europe’s handling of refugees, demanding a quota system so all 28 countries share the burden. Currently Germany and Sweden take in most of the migrants who arrive on...

    Poles and Czechs join forces on gas
    Apr30

    Poles and Czechs join forces on gas

    Historically Poles and Czechs have been frequent rivals — they even fought a nasty little border war a century ago — but their dependence on Russian gas and the EU’s pressure to more tightly integrate the continent’s gas markets are pushing the two closer together. The border town of Cieszyn in Poland and Český Těšín in the Czech...

    Europe’s Galápagos moment
    Apr29

    Europe’s Galápagos moment

    Ten years ago, I wrote a book claiming Europe would run the 21st century. With many now predicting “Grexit” or “Brexit,” and some people asking if the European Union will even survive the decade, was I insane? The book is not quite as hubristic as it sounds. I did not argue that the EU would have the largest economy or run the world as an empire....

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Migration political crisis —  Vestager’s second strategy — NATO rumblings
    Apr29

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook — Migration political crisis — Vestager’s second strategy — NATO rumblings

    By Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu MIGRATION CLASH TODAY: The European Parliament is set to undermine the Council’s recent round of self-congratulation after tripling the budget of its border patrol operation Triton in response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis. WHO’S LEADING THE CHARGE? Dutch MEP and Liberal faction...

    Report: Russian cyber-spying tracked military campaign
    Apr28

    Report: Russian cyber-spying tracked military campaign

    A cyber-espionage campaign against Ukrainian security agencies ebbed and flowed with the tide of kinetic military activity by Russian and pro-Russian forces, even stopping during a ceasefire, according to a new report. The campaign, dubbed “Operation Armageddon,” has been publicly blamed by the Ukrainian intelligence service on Russia’s...

    A new approach to helping Ukraine
    Apr28

    A new approach to helping Ukraine

    Despite a sizeable $17.5 billion loan to Ukraine announced by the International Monetary Fund in March, there is a disconcerting sense that Western leaders are losing interest in the country. Not surprisingly, no new aid packages for Ukraine were announced at the recent meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. Meanwhile, President Obama still...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook: EU judges at war | Varoufakis out | The Le Pens| Spokespeople shuffle
    Apr28

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook: EU judges at war | Varoufakis out | The Le Pens| Spokespeople shuffle

    By Ryan Heath @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu EU JUDGES AT WAR — ‘FIGHT CLUB’ ERA DAWNS IN EUROPE’S JUDICIARY: Judges are in battle mode over plans to double the size of the European Court of Justice, a change many believe is unnecessary. REFRESHER: WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE? http://bit.ly/1QBxAGT. Two quick primers:...

    EU to give Ukraine words, not guns or butter
    Apr27

    EU to give Ukraine words, not guns or butter

    KIEV — Ukraine is at war and facing an economic catastrophe, but this week’s summit with the European Union will leave the country virtually empty handed. Kiev won’t get any weapons or much money. The EU is balking at sending peacekeepers to the war-torn east of the country. Even the idea of giving Ukrainians visa-free entry to the EU...

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