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    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...

    Russia, Ukraine strike gas deal
    Oct31

    Russia, Ukraine strike gas deal

    Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine after a gap of four and a half months under an agreement that will last through this winter. Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in mid-June in a dispute ostensibly over gas prices and debts but viewed by Ukrainians as another front in Russia’s military and political pressure in...

    Ukraine gas deal ‘within reach’
    Oct30

    Ukraine gas deal ‘within reach’

    Thirteen and a half hours of three-way talks intended to ensure that Ukrainians receive gas supplies through the winter ended at 4am this morning in Brussels with no agreement between Russia and Ukraine, with the head of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom suggesting that the keys to a solution now lie principally in the hands of the European Union....

    Poroshenko acts quickly to form coalition after election victory
    Oct30

    Poroshenko acts quickly to form coalition after election victory

    The party of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has moved swiftly in the wake of parliamentary elections on Sunday (26 October) to form a coalition government with parties that support reforms intended to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union. The Petro Poroshenko Bloc, which gained the largest number of seats in the Verkhovna Rada,...

    An end to the austerity era?
    Oct30

    An end to the austerity era?

    Something is missing from the debate between Brussels, Paris and Rome over France’s budget deficit and Italy’s debt mountain. The European Commission, backed by Germany and many other national capitals, has so far dug in behind the rules of the stability and growth pact (SGP) and insisted that French deficit and Italian debt should be...

    Putin does think about partitioning Ukraine
    Oct30

    Putin does think about partitioning Ukraine

    Anyone ill-informed enough to think that Vladimir Putin is punctiliously polite is an unlikely oracle on European security matters. The Russian leader’s conversational repertoire is a notorious mix of bizarre theories, foul language, macho threats and macabre jokes. So I was not surprised by the recent article by Ben Judah in Politico,...

    Pro-EU parties set for majority in Ukraine
    Oct27

    Pro-EU parties set for majority in Ukraine

    The parties of President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk are running neck for neck as officials continue to count votes cast in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections yesterday (26 October). With 36.5% of the votes counted, polls suggest Yatsenyuk’s Popular Front has 21.6% and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc 21.5%. They are...

    EU to increase Ebola budget to €1 billion
    Oct24

    EU to increase Ebola budget to €1 billion

    Leaders of the European Union’s member states today (24 October) agreed to increase the money available to combat the Ebola epidemic to €1 billion. This nearly doubles the amount committed by the EU so far. The fresh pledges came after a two-day summit of EU leaders that had seen the UK’s prime minister, David Cameron, castigate other...

    EU leaders back €300bn investment plan
    Oct24

    EU leaders back €300bn investment plan

    European Union leaders today (24 October) formally backed a €300 billion investment scheme proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming European Commission president. The European Council called on the Commission, together with the European Investment Bank and the Council of Ministers, to present investment options at the next Council meeting,...

    Cameron refuses to pay EU budget bill
    Oct24

    Cameron refuses to pay EU budget bill

    David Cameron, the prime minister of the UK, said today (24 October) that he will not pay a €2.1 billion bill to top-up the EU budget by a deadline of 1 December. Member states were told during the past week about adjustments to their contributions to the EU budget, but the news did not become known to the public or, apparently, to EU leaders,...

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