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    Sanctions on Russians deferred
    Feb09

    Sanctions on Russians deferred

    The European Union has decided to defer new sanctions on Russian officials and pro-Russian separatists by a week in order to give extra space to diplomatic efforts by France and Germany to broker a lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. The EU’s foreign ministers had been expected to rubber-stamp a new blacklist at a meeting today (9...

    The EU fights fires in its neighbourhood
    Feb09

    The EU fights fires in its neighbourhood

    When the leaders of the European Union’s member states gather in Brussels on Thursday (12 February), their minds will be on issues of war and peace. François Hollande, France’s president, was blunt this weekend about the dangers created by the rivers of blood flowing in eastern Ukraine. “If we do not manage to find not just a...

    Emergency Eurogroup called to discuss Greece
    Feb06

    Emergency Eurogroup called to discuss Greece

    Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday (11 February) in an attempt to contain discussions over Greece’s bail-out and prevent them from spilling over into a summit of European Union leaders the following day. The decision to organise an emergency Eurogroup was taken following a meeting of economic experts from eurozone...

    EU leaders prepare terrorism response
    Feb05

    EU leaders prepare terrorism response

    European Union leaders will gather in Brussels on Thursday (12 February) to seek agreement on a co-ordinated response to the terrorist threat from returning jihadist fighters in Syria. Ministers have been laying the groundwork for an EU response. Last Friday (30 January) interior ministers meeting in Riga adopted a joint statement calling for the...

    Africa and Ukraine on foreign ministers’ agenda
    Feb05

    Africa and Ukraine on foreign ministers’ agenda

    Foreign ministers from the European Union’s member states will arrive in Brussels on Monday (9 February) for their third meeting in three weeks – but the pressure of security and political crises may still upset the scheduled agenda. The focus of the meeting is supposed to be on the EU’s relations with Africa, with ministers taking up...

    Europe needs to recognise the threat from Russia
    Feb05

    Europe needs to recognise the threat from Russia

    Even though some of its member states are reluctant to do so, the European Union should regard Vladimir Putin’s Russia as a serious threat to peace and stability in Europe. The impact of the EU’s graduated use of sanctions against Russia and the vast deterioration in Moscow’s relationship with the west ought to persuade any...

    Putin: bad, sad or mad?
    Feb05

    Putin: bad, sad or mad?

    Is Vladimir Putin bad, sad or mad? Is he a sinister and effective tyrant, cleverly taking advantage of the West’s weakness? Is he balancing precariously at the head of a failing state? Or is he delusional? The short answer is that we do not really know. We do not know how Putin thinks. We do not know what information he gets. We do not know...

    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...

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