Why EU Sanctions on Russia Are Overrated but Still Needed

Calls for canceling the EU’s sanctions on Russia after they expire in July 2016 have recently been gathering momentum across Western Europe. On April 28, the French parliament passed a non-binding resolution recommending that the EU’s trade limits and other restrictions on Russia be lifted. Framing the sanctions as both ineffective and dangerous to France’s economic interests, conservative MP Thierry Mariani was able to secure majority support for the resolution. To be sure, only 101 of the 577 French National Assembly’s deputies voted, with only fifty-five—i.e., less than 10 percent of MPs—voting in favor of Mariani’s text.Yet numerous similar rumblings …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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