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    More sanctions planned as fighting flares up in Ukraine
    Jan29

    More sanctions planned as fighting flares up in Ukraine

    The European Union’s foreign ministers are struggling to escalate sanctions against Russia in a way that might deter fighting by separatists in eastern Ukraine. The fighting has been intensifying for weeks, but a missile attack that killed 30 civilians on Friday (23 January) prompted Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief,...

    Tarred thinking on Russia
    Jan29

    Tarred thinking on Russia

    Two mistaken ideas about Russia are drifting around Washington, DC, and other Western capitals. One is that the fall in the oil price has crippled the regime of Vladimir Putin, so we can relax. The other – contradictory – one is that the economic crisis has made Putin desperate and therefore dangerous, so we should offer him a face-saving...

    EFDD ‘smear campaign’ used Russian help
    Jan29

    EFDD ‘smear campaign’ used Russian help

    An investigation by the European Parliament into the distribution to MEPs of a controversial book that accuses the president of Lithuania of having worked for the KGB has prompted accusations of a smear campaign by the Russian government. In December, copies of “Red Dalia”, a highly critical biography of Dalia Grybauskaite, were placed in the...

    Fresh sanctions loom for Russia
    Jan27

    Fresh sanctions loom for Russia

    The leaders of the European Union’s member states have warned Russia that it faces fresh economic sanctions unless it helps to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, where fighting has intensified this month. In the statement, released by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, the EU’s leaders in particular condemned the killing...

    EU boosts aid to Ukraine
    Jan26

    EU boosts aid to Ukraine

    The European Commission has increased its support for people displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine by €15 million, taking the total support it has provided in ten months of fighting to €32.5m. Christos Stylianides, the European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, who is currently visiting Ukraine, said that “the...

    EU calls crisis meeting on Ukraine
    Jan25

    EU calls crisis meeting on Ukraine

    Foreign ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states are to come to Brussels for crisis talks on Thursday (29 January) after pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine opened a new front of fighting in south-eastern Ukraine, killing 30 civilians in the town of Mariupol. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, called the...

    Farm ministers to assess Russian import ban
    Jan24

    Farm ministers to assess Russian import ban

    Agriculture and fisheries ministers from the European Union’s member states will on Monday (26 January) assess the effects of a Russian ban on imports of agricultural products from the EU, which has been in place since August. Latvia, which on 1 January took over the presidency of the Council of Ministers, has indicated that it will follow...

    Latvia spells out its health policy ambitions
    Jan23

    Latvia spells out its health policy ambitions

    Guntis Belēvičs, Latvia’s health minister, has given European Voice a personal take on his country’s ambitions in the health field during its presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers in the first half of this year. “Until now, we’ve been treating those who are ill. We’ve reached a point where it makes sense to...

    EU’s review of Russian policy off to rocky start
    Jan22

    EU’s review of Russian policy off to rocky start

    The European Union’s member states struggled this week to launch a review of their long-term strategy towards Russia against the background of intensified fighting in Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. A discussion about the EU’s relations with Russia had long been scheduled for the agenda of a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday...

    Foreign ministers tune in to ways of hitting back at Russian media bias
    Jan22

    Foreign ministers tune in to ways of hitting back at Russian media bias

    There was no shortage of Orwellian moments at the European Union foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (19 January), as leaders agreed to explore extraordinary measures to counter Russia’s “active propaganda campaign” – and then vowed that their response would not itself amount to propaganda. “We are losing this information...

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