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    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...

    European Parliament ratifies Georgia deal
    Dec18

    European Parliament ratifies Georgia deal

    The European Parliament today ratified a political and trade agreement between the European Union and Georgia, the last of three similar agreements with neighbours on Europe’s eastern borders. The association agreement was approved by 490 MEPs and opposed by 76, with 57 parliamentarians abstaining. The main opposition came from the...

    EU toughens sanctions on Crimea
    Dec18

    EU toughens sanctions on Crimea

    European tour operators will no longer be able to operate in Crimea, the summer playground of generations of Russians and Ukrainians, the European Union’s member states decided today. In addition, EU citizens and EU-based property companies are now prohibited from buying real estate on the peninsula or from buying, financing and providing...

    Small country, big agenda
    Dec18

    Small country, big agenda

    Latvia’s agenda for its presidency of the European Union’s Council of Ministers was being rewritten as European Voice went to press – and it will be amended again in the coming hours. In European politics, a week can be a long time, and such is the case this week. Yesterday (17 December), the new European Commission presented a list...

    A year that changed our world
    Dec18

    A year that changed our world

    Reasons to feel gloomy about 2014 abound. This year marked the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, the shooting down of MH17, and the intensification of Russian hybrid warfare against the West, ranging from increasingly dangerous military-aviation stunts to the unleashing of unparalleled propaganda blasts. Inside Russia, the...

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