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    EU boosts aid to Ukraine
    Jan26

    EU boosts aid to Ukraine

    The European Commission has increased its support for people displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine by €15 million, taking the total support it has provided in ten months of fighting to €32.5m. Christos Stylianides, the European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, who is currently visiting Ukraine, said that “the...

    EU calls crisis meeting on Ukraine
    Jan25

    EU calls crisis meeting on Ukraine

    Foreign ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states are to come to Brussels for crisis talks on Thursday (29 January) after pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine opened a new front of fighting in south-eastern Ukraine, killing 30 civilians in the town of Mariupol. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, called the...

    Farm ministers to assess Russian import ban
    Jan24

    Farm ministers to assess Russian import ban

    Agriculture and fisheries ministers from the European Union’s member states will on Monday (26 January) assess the effects of a Russian ban on imports of agricultural products from the EU, which has been in place since August. Latvia, which on 1 January took over the presidency of the Council of Ministers, has indicated that it will follow...

    Latvia spells out its health policy ambitions
    Jan23

    Latvia spells out its health policy ambitions

    Guntis Belēvičs, Latvia’s health minister, has given European Voice a personal take on his country’s ambitions in the health field during its presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers in the first half of this year. “Until now, we’ve been treating those who are ill. We’ve reached a point where it makes sense to...

    EU’s review of Russian policy off to rocky start
    Jan22

    EU’s review of Russian policy off to rocky start

    The European Union’s member states struggled this week to launch a review of their long-term strategy towards Russia against the background of intensified fighting in Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. A discussion about the EU’s relations with Russia had long been scheduled for the agenda of a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday...

    Foreign ministers tune in to ways of hitting back at Russian media bias
    Jan22

    Foreign ministers tune in to ways of hitting back at Russian media bias

    There was no shortage of Orwellian moments at the European Union foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (19 January), as leaders agreed to explore extraordinary measures to counter Russia’s “active propaganda campaign” – and then vowed that their response would not itself amount to propaganda. “We are losing this information...

    Where our problems lie
    Jan22

    Where our problems lie

    The Snow Meeting organised by the Lithuanian foreign ministry each January is a highlight of the European security calendar. It is like Davos, except that attendance is measured in dozens, not thousands, and is in the lovely lakeside surroundings of Trakai, not that drab Swiss ski resort. Another difference is deep expertise: the politicians,...

    Rafał Trzaskowski – sociable patriot
    Jan22

    Rafał Trzaskowski – sociable patriot

    Starring in “Our Backyard”, a 1980 Polish children’s television series, eight-year-old Rafał Trzaskowski appeared to have a promising career as an actor in his sights. It did not work out that way. Thirty-five years later as an expert on European Union affairs, he has moved smoothly from academia to the European Parliament and on to...

    EU foreign ministers unite behind a Russian media strategy
    Jan19

    EU foreign ministers unite behind a Russian media strategy

    Like sand through the hourglass, so the items up for discussion at the European Union foreign ministers’ meeting on Monday (19 January) eventually flowed through to the pressing problem of what TV content the EU could provide to counter Russian “active propaganda campaign”. The consensus: keep it entertaining. According to those attending...

    The Russian threat runs out of fuel
    Jan18

    The Russian threat runs out of fuel

    For Europe, the defining event of 2014 was Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military intervention in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region. The Kremlin’s actions directly challenged key principles that have guided Europe for more than six decades, particularly the renunciation of the use of force to alter national borders. But Russia...

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