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    Ukraine crisis summit
    Jan08

    Ukraine crisis summit

    The leaders of Germany and France hope to meet the presidents of Russia and Ukraine next Thursday (15 January) for talks intended to end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The summit, which has yet to be confirmed, would be held in Kazakhstan, which in the past year has joined the new Russian-dominated Eurasian Economic Union while also beefing up...

    Injecting optimism into the EU
    Jan08

    Injecting optimism into the EU

    Optimism is summoned up in the business world by its most popular question: “what does success look like?” and by its most overused dictum: “every challenge is an opportunity”. Though some will think it inappropriate, this is the time of year to make an effort to inject optimism into reflections on how the European Union will fare in the next 12...

    Can the EU forge a new relationship with Russia?
    Jan08

    Can the EU forge a new relationship with Russia?

    United States president Barack Obama’s intelligence services have told him that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, when talking to his cronies, refers to the American president using vile racial insults. David Cameron, the United Kingdom’s prime minister, can barely manage to shake the Russian leader’s hand, now that his...

    A series of inexcusable international failures
    Jan08

    A series of inexcusable international failures

    It has been nearly four years since the first uprisings in Damascus and the beginning of the Syrian civil war. Across the country, more than 240,000 people have died. Another 7.5 million have lost their homes or fled the country, becoming refugees. Syria is drowning in a bloody, cruel, and pointless conflict. It is time to say ‘enough’ –...

    The EU’s foreign policy agenda in 2015
    Jan02

    The EU’s foreign policy agenda in 2015

    The makers of the European Union’s foreign policy have a bewildering array of uncertainties before them as they head into a new year. For the European External Action Service, which in practical terms came into being on 1 January four years ago, this could be an important year for rebalancing its relationship with the other EU institutions....

    A verdict on Italy’s Council presidency: Part II
    Dec30

    A verdict on Italy’s Council presidency: Part II

    This week, Italy hands over the presidency of the Council of Ministers to Latvia, after six months at the helm. In the second of a two-part appraisal of Italy’s presidency, Andrew Gardner assesses the achievements of the presidency in foreign policy and trade. Mogherini’s promotion: At the conclusion of December’s European...

    A verdict on Italy’s Council presidency: Part I
    Dec29

    A verdict on Italy’s Council presidency: Part I

    This week, Italy hands over the presidency of the Council of Ministers to Latvia, after six months at the helm. In the first of a two-part appraisal of Italy’s presidency, European Voice reporters assess her achievements in domestic policy. Environment: Earlier this month, having presided for the last time over a meeting of the environment...

    What a European gas market might mean
    Dec26

    What a European gas market might mean

    The European energy landscape has changed markedly in 2014. What was unimaginable in 2013 has become possible: Russia might stop gas supplies to European Union countries; the EU might survive the winter without Russian gas; Ukraine might refrain from importing gas from Russia and reform its gas sector; South Stream might be shelved and Russia...

    South Sudan: the tinderbox that could set fire to a whole region
    Dec19

    South Sudan: the tinderbox that could set fire to a whole region

    A few months ago at a high-level United Nations meeting, the secretary-general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, left no doubt about who he thought was to blame for South Sudan’s current dire situation: the country’s leadership, whose actions had left deep wounds. “Now heal them,” he demanded. At peace talks last month in Ethiopia, those...

    Tusk makes his mark
    Dec19

    Tusk makes his mark

    Donald Tusk took charge of his first European Council on Thursday (18 December), and told EU leaders that they could go home rather than return for a scheduled second day of talks. The new Council president had kept the agenda for his first summit simple, rebuffing efforts to add extra items for discussion and keeping a tight focus on three...

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