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    Ministers meet to discuss Turkish Stream
    Apr07

    Ministers meet to discuss Turkish Stream

    The foreign ministers of Hungary, Serbia, Greece and Macedonia are meeting in Budapest today (7 April) to discuss possible collaboration with the proposed ‘Turkish Stream’ pipeline bringing Russian gas to Europe via Turkey, bypassing Ukraine. The plan was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Ankara in December, as...

    Ukraine, Russia extend stop-gap gas deal
    Apr07

    Ukraine, Russia extend stop-gap gas deal

    A short-term deal brokered by the European Commission to ensure supplies of gas from Russia to Ukraine has been extended until mid-summer. The extension, which was announced by the Ukrainian gas distributor Naftogaz this morning and has now been confirmed by Gazprom, means that a pricing formula established to cover the winter months – from...

    Commission to review future of Euronews network
    Apr01

    Commission to review future of Euronews network

    The European Commission has opened a talks with Euronews, the pan-European television news channel, about its future. Euronews receives approximately 36% of its funding from the European Union. The review, which over the next several weeks will consider the network’s strategy, follows recent concerns about new investors in the company. The...

    Unapologetic occupier
    Apr01

    Unapologetic occupier

    Old wounds are aching in the former captive nations, now the frontline states in the new cold war, which long for their friends to feel their pain and fear. But for the Russian leadership, the lessons of history are different, as two expertly produced new propaganda videos show. One is called “I am a Russian occupier”. It highlights the positive...

    Vestager escalates probe against Bulgarian energy company
    Mar26

    Vestager escalates probe against Bulgarian energy company

    The state-owned energy company Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) is breaking EU competition rules, according to an accusation that was formally levelled by Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, on Monday (23 March). The company, Bulgaria’s incumbent energy company, must now respond to the allegation that it is using...

    Ukraine turns to EU for gas
    Mar26

    Ukraine turns to EU for gas

    Ukraine will from 1 April turn mainly to European suppliers of gas rather than to Russia after the expiry of a six-month winter agreement between the Russian energy giant Gazprom and the Ukrainian distributor Naftogaz. Ukraine will be able to take gas from Russia on a pre-payment basis and under the terms of a deal struck in 2009 that is...

    How to weaken alliances
    Mar26

    How to weaken alliances

    Damaging myths about Europe’s security beset thinking here in the American capital. Barack Obama’s administration still believes that the crisis is essentially temporary and minor. His Republican critics in Congress believe it can be solved by arming Ukraine. Many policymakers believe that the conflict with Vladimir Putin’s...

    Too important to neglect
    Mar26

    Too important to neglect

    The European Commission published yesterday (25 March) its annual reports on the European Union’s neighbouring countries. Collectively, they convey an impression of instability close at hand. The European reader has good reason to be grateful for the resilience of Ukraine, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan. The neighbourhood reports do not,...

    Juozas Olekas – Doctor-politician
    Mar26

    Juozas Olekas – Doctor-politician

    As Russia continues to flex its muscles in the east, Juozas Olekas, Lithuania’s defence minister, is having a busy time. Less than a year ago, he was urging Lithuanians to “sleep tight” and not panic. Since then, Lithuania has reinforced its reputation as one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters in the EU – and one of the harshest...

    Insecurity casts pall over EU’s backyard
    Mar26

    Insecurity casts pall over EU’s backyard

    The European Commission today (25 March) published reports on 12 states neighbouring the European Union that collectively show that conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Palestine have significantly constrained the EU’s efforts to promote trade, human rights and political reform. Nonetheless, the reports by the European Commission,...

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