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    Fighting forces West to consider military support for Ukraine
    Feb04

    Fighting forces West to consider military support for Ukraine

    The European Union is poised to reinforce its sanctions regime in the hope of inducing an end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but the debate in national capitals is increasingly turning towards a broader Western strategy that would include the provision of defensive weapons to Ukraine. When EU foreign ministers meet on Monday (9 February),...

    Energy policy – does Juncker have the ambition?
    Feb02

    Energy policy – does Juncker have the ambition?

    The creation of an energy union is supposed to be a flagship policy of the European Commission of 2014-19. Jean-Claude Juncker billed it as such at the outset of his presidency of the Commission, though quite what might constitute an energy union – how deep, how wide, how intense – is still a matter of much debate. This week, we will learn...

    Greece backs new EU action against Russia
    Jan29

    Greece backs new EU action against Russia

    An extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers from the European Union – called because of a major intensification of fighting in Ukraine – ended with a small extension of the EU’s sanctions on Russia. Crucially, the new Greek government, which a day after taking office distanced itself from an EU statement that explicitly accused Russia of...

    EU rocked by change in Greece
    Jan29

    EU rocked by change in Greece

    The European Union’s institutions are feeling the shockwaves of a change of government in Greece, which threatens to destabilise EU rules on eurozone membership, sanctions against Russia and plans to launch an energy union. The newly installed prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the far-left Syriza party, wasted no time...

    Ministers pave the way for summit of EU leaders
    Jan29

    Ministers pave the way for summit of EU leaders

    Several high-level meetings are planned over the next two weeks to prepare for a European Union summit on 12 February that will try to agree a response to the growing threat of terrorism. Interior ministers are meeting in Riga, Latvia, today (29 January) to review policy options and lay the groundwork for a meeting of national leaders in Brussels...

    Tsipras’s cabinet alarms markets
    Jan29

    Tsipras’s cabinet alarms markets

    At its first meeting yesterday (28 January) the new Greek cabinet decided to freeze some privatisations and promised to reinstate sacked civil servants. The government of Alex Tsipras (pictured) was thereby halting or reversing measures introduced by the preceding government as part of a five-year-long bail-out programme that has channelled...

    More sanctions planned as fighting flares up in Ukraine
    Jan29

    More sanctions planned as fighting flares up in Ukraine

    The European Union’s foreign ministers are struggling to escalate sanctions against Russia in a way that might deter fighting by separatists in eastern Ukraine. The fighting has been intensifying for weeks, but a missile attack that killed 30 civilians on Friday (23 January) prompted Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief,...

    Tarred thinking on Russia
    Jan29

    Tarred thinking on Russia

    Two mistaken ideas about Russia are drifting around Washington, DC, and other Western capitals. One is that the fall in the oil price has crippled the regime of Vladimir Putin, so we can relax. The other – contradictory – one is that the economic crisis has made Putin desperate and therefore dangerous, so we should offer him a face-saving...

    EFDD ‘smear campaign’ used Russian help
    Jan29

    EFDD ‘smear campaign’ used Russian help

    An investigation by the European Parliament into the distribution to MEPs of a controversial book that accuses the president of Lithuania of having worked for the KGB has prompted accusations of a smear campaign by the Russian government. In December, copies of “Red Dalia”, a highly critical biography of Dalia Grybauskaite, were placed in the...

    Fresh sanctions loom for Russia
    Jan27

    Fresh sanctions loom for Russia

    The leaders of the European Union’s member states have warned Russia that it faces fresh economic sanctions unless it helps to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, where fighting has intensified this month. In the statement, released by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, the EU’s leaders in particular condemned the killing...

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