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    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...

    EU rocked by change in Greece
    Jan29

    EU rocked by change in Greece

    The European Union’s institutions are feeling the shockwaves of a change of government in Greece, which threatens to destabilise EU rules on eurozone membership, sanctions against Russia and plans to launch an energy union. The newly installed prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the far-left Syriza party, wasted no time...

    Ministers pave the way for summit of EU leaders
    Jan29

    Ministers pave the way for summit of EU leaders

    Several high-level meetings are planned over the next two weeks to prepare for a European Union summit on 12 February that will try to agree a response to the growing threat of terrorism. Interior ministers are meeting in Riga, Latvia, today (29 January) to review policy options and lay the groundwork for a meeting of national leaders in Brussels...

    Tsipras’s cabinet alarms markets
    Jan29

    Tsipras’s cabinet alarms markets

    At its first meeting yesterday (28 January) the new Greek cabinet decided to freeze some privatisations and promised to reinstate sacked civil servants. The government of Alex Tsipras (pictured) was thereby halting or reversing measures introduced by the preceding government as part of a five-year-long bail-out programme that has channelled...

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