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23/05/2016

Bettel: What is best for the UK is not always best for the EU

Topic: Ukraine


Global Europe 18-05-2016

Valdai and EPC think-tanks discuss EU-Russia's ‘new normal’

The Russian ‘Valdai Club’ and the European Policy Centre, a Brussels think tank, failed to agree yesterday (17 May) on ways to move forward EU-Russia relations - instead comparing the ‘new normal’ of the relationship with the grey skies that Brussels residents have no other choice but to accept.
Europe's East 09-05-2016

Donetsk separatists parade banned weapons on Victory Day

Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels today (9 May) commemorated the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany by parading tanks and other heavy weapons banned under a fragile truce.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Why Ukraine's NATO membership is not in America's interests

It is time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table, writes Josh Cohen.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Report: Missile launcher that downed MH17 belongs to the Russian army

The missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people onboard, was fired by a missile launcher belonging to Russia's army,  a report revealed yesterday (3 May).
Europe's East 03-05-2016

EU urges Ukraine to investigate 2014 Odessa deaths

Ukraine's tense Odessa marked yesterday (2 May) two years since clashes killed 48 anti-Maidan protesters during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions House in central Odessa. The EU urged Kyiv to investigate the tragedy.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

NATO weighs stationing four battalions in member states bordering Russia

NATO is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern European member states, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday (2 May), in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.
Europe's East 29-04-2016

Ukraine and Russia see opportunity in Easter ceasefire

Ukraine told the UN Security Council yesterday (28 April) that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.
Europe's East 28-04-2016

Post-Soviet ‘frozen conflicts’

The number of post-Soviet frozen conflicts has only grown, as a result of the failure of international mediation to solve them. After Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it seems that eastern Ukraine also qualifies as a frozen conflict.

Europe's East 28-04-2016

EU and Ukraine postpone summit

The EU and Ukraine have postponed a summit scheduled for next month until September to give the pro-Western government in Kyiv more time for political and financial reforms, the EU said yesterday (27 April).
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
UK & Europe 20-04-2016

Will Brexit make the EU more pro-Russian?

Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EurActiv were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.
Europe's East 15-04-2016

EU foreign ministers to discuss Panama Papers

EXCLUSIVE/EU foreign ministers meeting are expected to discuss the fallout from the Panama Papers at their meeting next week, it emerged today (15 April) – even though the topic is not on the formal agenda.
Europe's East 15-04-2016

Technocrats gone in new Ukrainian cabinet

Ukraine's parliament approved presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister yesterday (14 April) in the biggest political shakeup since a 2014 uprising brought in a pro-Western leadership.
Global Europe 11-04-2016

Why we should ban referenda on EU policies

IIt is hardly democratic that 30% of voters in one member state can block a policy approved by 27 member states, writes Fraser Cameron.
EU Priorities 2020 08-04-2016

The week when Europe was hit by a perfect storm

The result of the Dutch referendum was the latest in a series of serious setbacks for the European project. The second week of April could be remembered as the moment when all the fronts in Europe’s multifaceted crisis started to converge, writes Jorge Valero.
Global Europe 07-04-2016

Dutch voters reject EU-Ukraine association

Dutch voters on Wednesday (6 April) rejected a European pact with Ukraine in a referendum seen as a barometer of anti-EU feeling, dealing an embarrassing blow to the government in charge of the rotating EU presidency, sending shockwaves throughout the Union.
Energy 31-03-2016

Senior Obama official: Nord Stream 2 and Brexit may weaken EU energy security

EXCLUSIVE / The controversial Russian-German pipeline project Nord Stream 2 will weaken the European Union's energy security, and Brexit would set back the shared interests of the USA, UK and EU, a senior official in the Obama administration has warned.
Global Europe 30-03-2016

US to step up NATO presence in wake of 'aggressive Russia'

The United States will step up its troop presence in eastern Europe in response to "an aggressive Russia," with continuous rotations of an additional armored brigade beginning in early 2017, the US military said Wednesday (30 March).
Europe's East 21-03-2016

Crimea: Not Russia’s and not forgotten

Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine has destabilised the region and put European security at risk. We must stand firm and show Russia that such behaviour will not be tolerated, writes David Lidington.
Energy 25-01-2016

Sefcovic: There is good potential for cooperation with Gazprom

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? took advantage of the World Economic Forum to meet with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and discuss the Southern Gas Corridor.
Europe's East 18-12-2015

Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo - all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.
Future EU 22-10-2015

Enough with the souk in the European Council, says Bettel

In the midst of the crises Europe is facing, EU leaders need to act swiftly and stop behaving “like if they were in a souk,” said Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, at a dinner in Brussels, on Wednesday evening (21 October).
Euro & Finance 31-08-2015

Bettel: EU, Russia play a lose-lose game on Ukraine

EXCLUSIVE / In the wake of repeated international calls for a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, Europe and Russia must abide by the Minsk accord, Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
David Cameron 31-08-2015

Bettel: What is best for the UK is not always best for the EU

In a candid interview with EurActiv, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel says he is not prepared to give anything to the UK, even though he agrees with David Cameron that we need a more efficient EU.