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    Mogherini puts focus on Ukraine
    Nov13

    Mogherini puts focus on Ukraine

    Federica Mogherini, the new head of EU foreign and security policy, will for the first time assume the chair of the European Union’s foreign affairs council on Monday and Tuesday (17-18 November), by focusing on Ukraine and reviewing the state of defence co-operation between the EU’s member states. The major immediate decisions on...

    No winners if UK heads to the exit
    Nov13

    No winners if UK heads to the exit

    Britain is harming Europe and will cause further harm if it leaves the European Union. Normally, a ‘Brexit’ is discussed only in terms of the damage it might inflict on British economic and political interests. Little is said about its potentially damaging impact on the EU and its future development. This is partly a reflection of the...

    A triumphalist West?
    Nov13

    A triumphalist West?

    Anniversaries are marvellous excuses for lazy journalism. Instead of the difficult business of reporting real news, editors can simply ask some reliable old buffers to dust off their notebooks, polish their anecdotes, and relive their glory days. The 25th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Europe has prompted much such writing. In past...

    Economic blues for the eurozone
    Nov06

    Economic blues for the eurozone

    The European Commission’s autumn economic forecasts, published on Tuesday (4 November), lay bare the worsening state of the eurozone economy, which is expected to grow by just 0.8% this year, 1.1% in 2015 and 1.7% in 2016. That is well below the trend growth rate of more than 2% in the decade before the financial crisis. Employment will...

    Parliament starts review of EEAS
    Nov06

    Parliament starts review of EEAS

    The European Parliament yesterday (5 November) began debating reform of the European External Action Service, with discussion of a recent audit of the first three years of the European Union’s diplomatic service. In an opinion written for the budgetary-control committee and ostensibly connected to the discharge of the EU’s budget for...

    Ukraine and Russia strike gas deal
    Nov06

    Ukraine and Russia strike gas deal

    A European Commission-brokered energy agreement to secure the supply of Russian gas to Ukraine and to the European Union this winter was triggered on Tuesday (4 November) when Ukraine’s national gas distributor announced that it had paid Russia a first tranche of debt payments. Under the terms of the agreement signed in Brussels last...

    Barroso’s legacy part 4: foreign policy and trade
    Nov06

    Barroso’s legacy part 4: foreign policy and trade

    FOREIGN POLICY History may judge Barroso’s contribution to the EU’s foreign policy by his handling of crises. If so, Barroso might regret that he was too scrupulous in his respect for institutional turf. Europe’s leader during the Ukraine crisis has, without a doubt, been Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, but within the...

    Russia’s information warfare
    Nov06

    Russia’s information warfare

    Information warfare is not just about getting your own message across. It also involves confusing, distracting, dividing and demoralising the adversary. That is what Russia is doing to the West, notably through outlets such as RT (the multilingual television channel formerly known as Russia Today). The West has been asleep on this for many years....

    EU condemns Ukrainian separatist votes
    Nov03

    EU condemns Ukrainian separatist votes

    In her first policy statement as the head of the European Union’s foreign policy, Federica Mogherini has dismissed elections held in separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine yesterday (2 November) as “illegal and illegitimate” and stated that “the European Union will not recognise them”. The statement, which was published yesterday, a day...

    The Barroso II legacy – an appraisal: Part I
    Nov01

    The Barroso II legacy – an appraisal: Part I

    José Manuel Barroso has stepped down after two terms as president of the European Commission. His second term, from early 2010 until 31 October 2014, was dominated by the eurozone’s economic crisis, which was at its most intense from 2011 to 2013. But an assessment of that second term should – like any assessment of, say, the presidencies...

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