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    Russia kills off South Stream
    Dec04

    Russia kills off South Stream

    Russia has abandoned controversial plans to lay a pipeline from southern Russia to Austria, citing opposition to the South Stream project from the European Commission and a lack of interest in Europe. “If Europe does not want to carry it out, then it will not be carried out,” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Monday (1 December)....

    A harsh winter ahead for Ukraine
    Dec04

    A harsh winter ahead for Ukraine

    Introduction Sharp words will reverberate around a conference hall in Basel today (4 December) and tomorrow (5 December) when foreign ministers gather in Switzerland for the big annual gathering of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE has become the forum of most sustained and intense diplomatic activity...

    Pro-EU parties ahead in Moldova
    Dec02

    Pro-EU parties ahead in Moldova

    Pro-European parties in Moldova have emerged with a narrow parliamentary majority from national elections that international observers said were characterised by a battle over the country’s geopolitics. With 94% of votes counted, the strongest party in the parliament is the Socialist Party (PSRM), whose leadership Russia has been courting....

    Humour and humility as Tusk unleashes charm offensive
    Dec01

    Humour and humility as Tusk unleashes charm offensive

    There was no shortage of self-deprecation in Donald Tusk’s first public outing as president of what is arguably the European Union’s most powerful institution. After struggling through a paragraph in French, the former Polish prime minister added: “That was in French – I hope you noticed.” The gag was not lost on the assembled Council...

    EU adds to eastern Ukraine blacklist
    Dec01

    EU adds to eastern Ukraine blacklist

    The European Union has barred leading figures in separatist groups active in eastern Ukraine from entering the EU, in the latest round of sanctions prompted by the crisis in Ukraine. The 13 people added to the EU’s blacklist on Saturday (29 November) include a range of self-styled ministers in breakaway areas of the regions of Donetsk and...

    Getting to Yes with Putin
    Nov30

    Getting to Yes with Putin

    In the showdown with Russia over Ukraine, the weaknesses and divisions in European policy have been as encouraging for Russian President Vladimir Putin as the United States’ hesitant approach to Syria was. If Europe is to act responsibly, three key concepts should define its policy toward Russia: firmness, clarity, and a willingness to find...

    Yatsenyuk remains Ukraine’s prime minister
    Nov28

    Yatsenyuk remains Ukraine’s prime minister

    Arseniy Yatsenyuk was yesterday confirmed as prime minister of Ukraine by the Ukrainian parliament in a strong show of support by five parties that will on Tuesday become members of the country’s new government. Yatsenyuk, whose Popular Front emerged as the most popular party in parliamentary elections on 26 October, has served as prime...

    Single-sky proposal back on the agenda
    Nov27

    Single-sky proposal back on the agenda

    Transport ministers from the EU’s member states will return to discussions on the Single European Sky (SES), a proposal to unite Europe’s national airspaces, at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (3 December). The discussion will have the limited aim of further developing the initiative, which the European Commission hopes will...

    Russia’s war of nerves
    Nov27

    Russia’s war of nerves

    Ideal adversaries use the tactics we expect, as part of a strategy we understand, and work on a timescale that gives us plenty of time to react. The regime of Vladimir Putin is not stupid and it does none of those things. For a start, it has different priorities to us: it is prepared to accept economic pain, take risks and lie expertly and...

    Van Rompuy’s low-key success
    Nov26

    Van Rompuy’s low-key success

    The manner of Herman Van Rompuy’s departure from office will be of a piece with his five-year tenure of the presidency of the European Council: low-key and understated. It is not his style to hog the limelight, nor to seek to upstage his successor. Van Rompuy has been consistently underestimated and undervalued, and that will remain his...

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