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Europe's East 05-02-2021

Germany must abandon Nord Stream 2

Europe needs to impose new sanctions on Russia following the arrest and sentencing of Alexei Navalny and scrapping Nord Stream 2 should be top of the list, write a group of six MEPs from the European People's Party (EPP).
Global Europe 08-12-2020

The EU and Turkey: Three scenarios

The volatile situation around Erdoğan’s Turkey poses a dilemma for EU decision makers. Three scenarios can be envisaged for how the EU handles tensions with Ankara, writes Sir Michael Leigh.
Global Europe 20-05-2020

Annexations in the West Bank: Europeans need to punch their weight

Last week, EU foreign ministers emphasised that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the Union’s strategic interests and that they discourage possible steps towards annexations. In this vein, the EU and its member states should send a clear signal, Muriel Asseburg and Peter Lintl argue.

Oil crisis hits Russia and… EU unity?

The Russian oil sector seems to be in dire need of seeing the end of Western sanctions, even more than it has been so far, and there is no doubt that they will try to use the current circumstances to change EU countries' stance on the policy towards Moscow, writes Mateusz Kubiak.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Crimea: The cost of sanctions and the risk of retaliation

Sanctions have already cost Russia one third of its GDP. As they come up for renewal, the EU must be wary of backing Putin into a corner and forcing him to take drastic action, writes John Dale Grover.
Global Europe 15-06-2016

President Juncker’s misguided trip to Russia

The visit of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker o St. Petersburg will not promote the general interest of the Union prescribed by the EU Treaty, writes Hrant Kostanyan.
China 15-12-2015

Gazprom falters

Gazprom's Russian rivals will use the company's financial difficulties as an opportunity to break the giant's hold on the Russian natural gas sector, writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.
Enlargement 14-12-2015

Linkevicius: Dealing with Russia is like playing football against a rugby team

Calls for returning to “normal dialogue” and re-establishing “pragmatic” relations with Russia only show that some in the EU have not learned the lessons of the recent past, writes Linas Linkevi?ius.
Europe's East 25-09-2015

Is it time for Europe to excuse Russia’s aggression?

As strange as it may seem, the Kremlin’s claims of “historical facts” and “common past” in order to justify some “exclusive rights” of Russia to define destiny of the Ukrainians sometimes find echo in the West, writes Liubov Nepop.
Global Europe 01-04-2015

EU must speak up to thwart Thailand’s backdoor dictatorship

General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s military coup in May 2014 quite rightly sparked deep concerns in Brussels. To its credit, the European Union acted swiftly with punitive measures, but the junta’s latest attempts at constitutional reform pose a long-term threat that must be addressed, argues Aron Shaviv. 
Energy 25-02-2015

New South Stream will be Russia’s ‘route of friendship’

Thwarted in one attempt to build a gas pipeline to southeast Europe, the Kremlin is working with a small circle of allies to lay the groundwork for an alternative that would help it maintain leverage in its rivalry with the West, write Krisztina Than and Michael Kahn.
Michael Emerson
Europe's East 17-02-2015

Is there reason to hope for Minsk II?

The last Minsk agreement on eastern Ukraine failed to bring peace. The latest looks similar — but the context has changed, writes Michael Emerson.
Global Europe 03-12-2014

The deathly risks of doing business with Russia

The tragic death of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie in the recent plane crash at Vnukovo airport in Moscow is a lesson to be learned, writes Ram?nas Bogdanas.
Michael Emerson
Global Europe 26-11-2014

How Tolstoy might have portrayed the legacies of Yanukovich and Putin

The Kremlin has privileged politico-military-territorial objectives in Ukraine, while ignoring the economic consequences, and this begins to look like a strategic miscalculation, or Tolstoy’s “ill-directed will of one individual, and usurpation of power”, writes Michael Emerson.
Europe's East 09-09-2014

The EU should use more soft power towards Russia

The EU’s sanctions on Russia are not having their desired effect. At least in the short term, they even appear to be reinforcing Russia’s position. The EU policy approach to the Ukraine situation needs to factor in the mainstream Russian media narrative. Doing so suggests that the EU should be using more soft power.
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