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    The ebb-tide of central European Atlanticism
    Oct09

    The ebb-tide of central European Atlanticism

    Friendly criticism sometimes works. Unfriendly criticism usually doesn’t. That is the problem with which the United States is grappling as it tries to stem the decline of Atlanticism in large parts of central and eastern Europe. In Washington, DC, last week, Victoria Nuland, the senior State Department official dealing with the continent,...

    Juncker faces local and global difficulties
    Oct08

    Juncker faces local and global difficulties

    Adversity is wonderful for concentrating the mind, so Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, should be concentrating very hard just now. Juncker faces two kinds of adversity: parochial and global. The global context will be painfully outlined in the coming days during the annual meetings of the International...

    Russia and US politics unsettle TTIP talks
    Oct08

    Russia and US politics unsettle TTIP talks

    European Union and United States trade negotiators met last week near Washington, DC, for a week of talks heavily influenced by the approach of mid-term elections in the US and amid increasing pressures from the EU to re-shape the negotiations. The chief negotiators on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – Ignacio Garcia...

    Mogherini takes the helm
    Oct07

    Mogherini takes the helm

    Federica Mogherini’s hearing before the European Parliament was never going to be a dramatic event. The question was what type of event it would be. Swiftly, it became more apparent what the evening could become. The future chief of the European Union’s foreign policy arrived in a crowd of journalists and set about gladhanding with...

    Latvian government to stay in power
    Oct05

    Latvian government to stay in power

    The coalition government of Latvian prime minister Laimdota Straujuma is expected to remain in power after winning yesterday’s general election with 61.7% of the vote, according to exit polls. But a party backed by the country’s large Russian minority won the largest number of seats of any single party. Exit polls by the LETA news...

    Hahn makes assured entry into diplomacy
    Oct01

    Hahn makes assured entry into diplomacy

    Past the midway stage of his audition to become the next European commissioner for relations with the European Union’s neighbours and would-be members, Johannes Hahn was asked a question about Turkey and Cyprus. Hahn said he lacked “diplomatic” experience, adding: “I don’t want to be a bull in a china shop”. The exchange summed up...

    Latvian election race tightens
    Sep29

    Latvian election race tightens

    Latvians have begun voting in an election whose results, due out on Saturday (4 October), could significantly change the composition of the coalition government just months before the country assumes the presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers. Recent opinion polls suggest that the centre-right will not repeat the clear-cut victory it...

    EU and Canada complete talks on trade and political deals
    Sep26

    EU and Canada complete talks on trade and political deals

    The European Union and Canada today (26 September) used a summit in Ottawa to formally mark the end of negotiations on separate political and trade agreements. Neither agreement has, however, been concluded, and major question marks hang over the final shape of the trade deal, which needs the approval both of the EU’s 28 member states and...

    Delegations to name their leaders
    Sep25

    Delegations to name their leaders

    The election of MEPs to lead delegations to foreign countries has been delayed by the confirmation hearings for the nominees to the next European Commission. The more than 40 delegations of the Parliament were supposed to hold their constitutive meetings next week, but there is now a clash with the re-scheduled confirmation hearings, which start...

    Threat of winter adds urgency to aid effort
    Sep25

    Threat of winter adds urgency to aid effort

    The looming prospect of a winter without Russian gas is injecting fresh urgency into efforts to help Ukrainians displaced by fighting in the east of the country. But officials warn that weaknesses in Ukraine’s social security system and crisis-response mechanism are undermining support for the displaced. The European Commission has in the...

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