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    Rip Van Brussels
    Apr23

    Rip Van Brussels

    “This town has changed so much since you lived here.” The returnee hears this view all the time. In every case but one (and that eurocrat requires anonymity) the speaker means for the better. Insists on it with a smile and a pat on the arm. As if — after 15 years of life outside the soggy capital of Europe — you need a psychic palliative. Turn of...

    Presidential race frames parliamentary election
    Apr23

    Presidential race frames parliamentary election

    WARSAW — The first round of Poland’s presidential election next month has captivated the country’s chattering classes, but there is little doubt that in the end the winner will be the incumbent Bronisław Komorowski. While there is not much of a mystery over the outcome, the size of Komorowski’s likely victory, and whether he has...

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by GE — Gazprom under fire — Verhofstadt on fire — GROW shrinks — DG LIMBO
    Apr23

    POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by GE — Gazprom under fire — Verhofstadt on fire — GROW shrinks — DG LIMBO

    by Ryan Heath, @PoliticoRyan | rheath@politico.eu Our @POLITICOEurope app launches today in both iTunes & Android stores GAZPROM: GAME ON, SAYS EU COMPETITION CHIEF: The “very dominant” gas provider, majority-owned by the Russian government, is charged with abusing that dominance in five Central and Eastern Europe countries. That’s a...

    Give us strength
    Apr23

    Give us strength

    Ukraine has embarked on an economic transition the outcome of which will determine the country’s future. Other states have traveled this path already, but not in conditions as challenging as the ones we face. We are burdened with a legacy that includes 74 years of totalitarian rule and dysfunctional command economics, 19 years of inadequate...

    NATO goes to war — over Montenegro
    Apr23

    NATO goes to war — over Montenegro

    The next battleground for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a rocky seaside Balkan state of 650,000 people. The conflict in Ukraine is fueling a behind-the-scenes struggle within the Western military alliance over a proposal to bring in Montenegro, which lies 2,000 kilometers southwest and four borders from Russia but has gotten entangled...

    The Greeks are not ‘Western’
    Apr22

    The Greeks are not ‘Western’

    The imperial giant driving a wedge through European unity and the tiny state drowning in debt are locked in a controversial canoodle. Call it an Orthodox big wet kiss, but modern ties between Greece and Russia are cementing ancient ones. More than almost any other European country, modern Greece is defined by its geography. A flank state on the...

    Commission sets sights on Gazprom
    Apr22

    Commission sets sights on Gazprom

    Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is going to war against a second global powerhouse. Just days after after the Danish commissioner took on US software giant Google, she tangled with even larger prey — Russian gas behemoth Gazprom. The accusation is that Gazprom used its market power to bully and overcharge central...

    Juncker: “I’m here all day”
    Apr22

    Juncker: “I’m here all day”

    Jean-Claude Juncker is aware of the chatter, of the “Where’s Juncker?” speculation that goes on in after-hours gossip around Brussels, laced with not-so-nice innuendo that he may be treating the presidency of the European Union as a part-time job. He doesn’t like it one bit. “I am not attending cocktails. I am not attending embassy...

    France’s EU fail
    Apr22

    France’s EU fail

    PARIS — French President François Hollande’s attempts to revive Paris’ influence in Brussels have fizzled, and France is at risk of losing yet more ground to Germany if his government doesn’t rediscover an interest in the European Union. The retreat is on display in Europe’s institutions, where French officials occupy...

    Greece beckons at Gazprom
    Apr21

    Greece beckons at Gazprom

    Gazprom and Greece are both in deep trouble with the European Commission, which is one of the reasons that they were making eyes at each other in Athens on Tuesday as they worked to undermine EU energy solidarity by addressing the issue of building a pipeline across the Balkans. The Commission is scheduled Wednesday to unveil a charge sheet...

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