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    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...

    Court orders EU to drop Hamas from terror list
    Dec17

    Court orders EU to drop Hamas from terror list

    Hamas should not be included on the European Union’s list of terrorist organisations, the EU’s second-highest court ruled today. The General Court of the European Union concluded that the EU had failed to provide adequate evidence to support its designation of the Palestinian movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, as a terrorist...

    EU takes on corporate secrecy
    Dec17

    EU takes on corporate secrecy

    Members of the public will have the right to find out who is behind complex corporate structures, shell companies and letterbox firms, under new rules to combat money laundering and tax avoidance agreed by European Union lawmakers in the early hours of this morning (17 December). Under the deal, member states will be required to maintain central...

    Ukraine looms large on summit agenda
    Dec11

    Ukraine looms large on summit agenda

    Donald Tusk will next week (18-19 December) preside over his first European Council. Although he wants to keep the focus on economic issues, particularly a €315 billion investment plan announced by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, the situation in Ukraine will feature prominently in the discussions. Ukraine’s...

    Budget and tar sands dominate the year’s last plenary session
    Dec11

    Budget and tar sands dominate the year’s last plenary session

    MEPs will devote their final plenary session of 2014 in Strasbourg next week to debating the European Union’s budget for 2015, the EU economy and whether to reject a European Commission proposal easing the way for oil from Canadian tar sands to enter the EU. This will be the sixth plenary session of the term, and the new MEPs have largely...

    The splintering of Visegrád
    Dec11

    The splintering of Visegrád

    Any statement beginning with ‘we’ is a lie, declared the French philosopher Simone Weil. At the Chateau Béla meeting last weekend – organised by an Atlanticist think-tank in the Hungarian-speaking south of Slovakia – the ‘we’ was pretty clear. ‘We’ were a bunch of hardened security wonks from central Europe, Germany, Britain and...

    Why did Putin turn?
    Dec07

    Why did Putin turn?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy toward his country’s “near abroad” and the West has been badly misunderstood. Instead of focusing on broader geopolitical patterns – in particular, the effect of the 2007-08 financial crisis on global politics – commentators have been turning Kremlin policy into a psychodrama that can be...

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