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    Imagining Russia without Putin
    Mar19

    Imagining Russia without Putin

    Prescient or preposterous? Vladimir Putin’s absence from public life sparked a frenzy of speculation last week. Some commentators thought a backstage coup was under way or at least a full-scale Kremlin power struggle, in which the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (a staunch ally of Putin) was ranged against the siloviki of the security and...

    Crimea’s grim anniversary
    Mar16

    Crimea’s grim anniversary

    The first anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula falls on Wednesday (18 March). In Russia, the anniversary will be hard to miss: large celebrations are planned. The European Union will mark the moment in glum ways, both explicitly – EU foreign ministers will put out a critical statement when they meet today...

    Africa in foreign ministers’ focus
    Mar12

    Africa in foreign ministers’ focus

    The European Union’s relations with Africa are currently top of the agenda for a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday (16 March). The ministers had originally been expected to talk about Africa on 9 February, but instead spent two hours debating whether to delay sanctions against 19 Russians and Ukrainians by a week to help an emerging...

    Russian threat looms large over EU summit
    Mar12

    Russian threat looms large over EU summit

    European Union leaders will discuss the threat posed by Russia at next week’s European Council (19-20 March). The immediate challenge will be how the EU should respond to violations of the Minsk agreement – the ceasefire negotiated by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor and François Hollande, the French president, on the eve of the last...

    Moldovan leadership takes EU reform track
    Mar12

    Moldovan leadership takes EU reform track

    Moldova’s new prime minister will on Monday lead a large delegation to Brussels to set out his government’s plans for implementing a months-old agreement intended to modernise the country’s economy and deepen relations with the European Union. Chiril Gaburici and as many as five ministers will meet Federica Mogherini, EU high...

    Europe struggles to find its voice in Russian-language media war
    Mar12

    Europe struggles to find its voice in Russian-language media war

    Boris Nemtsov was no fan of Russian media. The opposition politician, who was assassinated in central Moscow last month, believed the use of political propaganda by the Russian government had reached dangerous levels, and drastic means were required to counter it. Krzysztof Bobinski, from the Warsaw-based think-tank Unia & Polska, met Nemtsov...

    Has Russia been treated arrogantly?
    Mar12

    Has Russia been treated arrogantly?

    One of the West’s most attractive qualities is self-criticism, but taken to extremes it corrodes self-confidence, and thus our ability to defend ourselves. We do not take our values, our promises or our allies seriously. Two new books exemplify this. One is “Frontline Ukraine: crisis in the borderlands”, by Richard Sakwa, a British academic...

    Machiavelli in Euroland
    Mar12

    Machiavelli in Euroland

    Niccolò Machiavelli is trending. More than 500 years after writing his famous treatise The Prince, Machiavelli has re-emerged as one of Europe’s most popular political thinkers. And, indeed, his book – one of the earliest political ‘how to’ manuals – has some useful advice for economic policymakers at a time of extraordinarily...

    EU targets Assad-Islamic State middleman
    Mar09

    EU targets Assad-Islamic State middleman

    A Syrian businessman has been placed under European Union sanctions for brokering oil deals between the Syrian authorities and one of its supposed opponents, the jihadist group Islamic State, in the latest round of targeted sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. This is the first time that EU sanctions have explicitly drawn a connection...

    EU official killed in Mali
    Mar07

    EU official killed in Mali

    An informal gathering of European foreign ministers was today (7 March) overshadowed by news of the death of a Belgian serving with the European Union in Mali. The name of the official has yet to be released. He was one of five people – three of them Europeans – killed in a terrorist attack in the Malian capital Bamako late last night (6 March)....

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