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    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...

    Latvians outline terror response as raids take place across Europe
    Jan16

    Latvians outline terror response as raids take place across Europe

    Police forces across Europe staged anti-terror raids last night (15 January), with two suspected militants killed close to the Belgian city of Liege. The Liege suspects had been under surveillance for several weeks, after having returned from fighting in Syria, Belgian authorities said. They were said to be planning to carry out a major attack on...

    EU imagines a new start with Russia
    Jan15

    EU imagines a new start with Russia

    Foreign ministers from the European Union’s member states are scheduled to spend most of their meeting on Monday (19 January) discussing how to improve relations with Russia if it meets its commitments to help end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The debate will be based on a discussion paper from the European External Action Service...

    Europe’s willpower called into question
    Jan15

    Europe’s willpower called into question

    In a sickly patient even a small cut can lead to a lethal infection. Both the terrorist attacks in France and Russia’s attempts to bully its neighbours are dangerous not because our adversaries are fundamentally strong, but because our political and cultural immune system is weak. Remember the Iranian fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989?...

    Borisov asks for EU help to make Bulgaria a gas hub
    Jan12

    Borisov asks for EU help to make Bulgaria a gas hub

    Boyko Borisov, the prime minister of Bulgaria, today asked for European Union funding to help construct a gas hub in his country. In Brussels, Borisov discussed the recent announcement by Russia that it will scrap the planned South Stream pipeline project with Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission vice-president for energy union, and Miguel Arias...

    Paris shootings overshadow Strasbourg session
    Jan12

    Paris shootings overshadow Strasbourg session

    Members of the European Parliament will gather today in Strasbourg where during the coming four days they will try to assess how deep and how lasting will be the effect on European Union business of last week’s horrific events in Paris. That the Parliament is meeting on French territory, albeit almost 500 kilometres from Paris, will add to...

    EU offers Ukraine €1.8bn
    Jan08

    EU offers Ukraine €1.8bn

    The European Union has offered Ukraine €1.8 billion in financial support to help the war-torn country through its economic crisis as it embarks on a year of reforms. This is the EU’s third offer to bail out Ukraine in the past two years. The new loan, which the EU says should be used between now and early 2016, needs the approval of the...

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