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Enlargement 16-08-2016

Biden hails gold medal for a country Serbia says doesn’t exist

US Vice-President Joe Biden has chosen this week to come to what is still Europe’s great unfinished business – the West Balkans. Can Biden knock any sense into his Serb hosts? Unlikely, says Denis MacShane.
Europe's East 23-09-2013

Russia’s response to Ukraine’s European choice: what is next?

Great hope remains that after the Vilnius Summit in November, Brussels will keep its word and will not leave Ukraine one on one with Russia, whose president, Vladimir Putin, will aspire for geopolitical revenge and a return of Kyiv to the Eurasian area at any price, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Global Europe 07-02-2013

A ‘new’ foreign strategy for Russia

Politically correct rhetoric of recent addresses from Russian President Vladimir Putin and his focus on problems in Russia and post-Soviet space may be attributed to the objective lack of foreign partners to form a global strategic agenda, writes Lidiya Smola.
Global Europe 18-01-2013

Where are you going, Ukraine?

For experts and analysts, the new year traditionally begins with the definition of the main trends of social, political and economic development. Actions in Ukraine show that some trends will have significant implications for the Ukrainian society, argues Lidiya Smola.
Europe's East 18-12-2012

Putin’s Eurasian Union: A promising development

The Eurasian Union is surely Russia’s most ambitious political programme since the end of the Soviet Union, writes Liana Fix. As Putin’s own brainchild, it is likely to become one of the top priorities of his presidency, she argues.
Europe's East 18-12-2012

Eurasian Economic Union: Less than favourable outcome for economic integration

In the lead-up to the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), foreseen for 2015, the Customs Union (CU) and the Common Economic Space (CES) between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan represent two elements of the most ambitious regional integration projects launched in the post-Soviet space since 1991, write Steven Blockmans, Hrant Kostanyan and Ievgen Vorobiov.
Europe's East 27-08-2012

Why Merkel is taking such a keen interest in Moldova

With a eurozone crisis and other challenges to deal with, why has German Chancellor Angela Merkel taken such an interest in tiny Moldova? One reason is that Moldova is sitting on the borders of the EU and the unresolved conflict there remains dangerous and unstable. Another is that Merkel wanted to use the frozen conflict in Transnistria as a test case for Berlin’s relations with the Kremlin, writes Judy Dempsey.
Elections 20-05-2012

Putin’s new economic policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was inaugurated for a new six-year mandate on 7 May, has signed ambitious decrees, but very little is expected to change in the way the country will deal with foreign investors, argues Bogdan Sumenko.
Europe's East 02-05-2012

‘Collective Putin’ mismanages Russia’s energy sector

Little will change in the poor management of Russia's energy sector with the return of Valdimir Putin as president of Russia, says Mikhail Krutikhin in an analysis initially published the European Union Institute for Security Studies.  

A Ukrainian Perspective on Russia’s Policy Towards CIS Countries

Russia's attempts to increase its influence over in its near-abroad is likely to lead to conflict and authoritarianism in neighbouring countries, but not necessarily to pro-Russian regimes, argues Alexey Leshchenko.
David Cameron
Brexit 12-09-2011

Cameron in Moscow

The British prime minister's 12 September visit to Russia is long overdue but, despite growing British investment and thriving informal Anglo-Russian ties, it is unlikely to lead to genuine progress on the contentious issues between London and Moscow, argues Fraser Cameron, director of the EU-Russia Centre.
Global Europe 09-05-2011

Medvedev-Putin tensions grow as 2012 elections get closer

Russian elites are taking sides as public opinion becomes increasingly polarised between support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev, writes Denis Maksimov, a public affairs consultant and an expert on EU-Russia relations, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.

Towards a single voice for Russian political elite on EU policy

No matter whether Vladimir Putin or Dmitry Medvedev will be president of Russia after 2012, recent developments suggest there will be a genuine positive shift in the country's policy towards the EU, writes Denis Maksimov, an expert on EU-Russia relations, in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.
Med & South 21-01-2010

Russia’s presidential primaries

"For many commentators, the primaries for the 2012 presidential elections in Russia have already started. Even if the two men at the top, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, are outwardly loyal to each other, there is considerable rivalry between their respective teams, who are above all keen to promote their own interests," writes Professor Eberhard Schneider of the EU-Russia Centre in a January paper.
Global Europe 16-12-2009

Russia’s growing leadership rift

President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin have purported in recent speeches two contrasting views of the situation Russia is in. The difference in their analysis should also be interpreted as a sign of the growing rift between the country's leaders, writes Eberhard Schneider in a December paper for the EU-Russia Centre.
Global Europe 23-10-2007

Kosovo Serbs put their hopes in Putin’s Russia

"Amidst signs of an emerging Putin personality cult among Kosovo Serbs, many locals doubt how far Russia would go to give them support", writes Igor Milic for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
Global Europe 30-08-2007

Putin, Chechnya and Politkovskaya

In this paper, Tanya Lokshina examines the possible motive for Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya's murder, claiming that there is no doubt that the killing was political.
Med & South 03-07-2007

EU-Russia relations: Cold peace?

The EU's relations with Russia should be analysed with regards to the EU's role as a global actor, writes Quentin Perret, from the Robert Shuman Foundation. He points to the US as a key factor in maintaining good relations.
Med & South 16-03-2004

Putin’s landslide victory: An opportunity for reform

President Putin's victory opens the door for a more technocratic government with the economic dossiers handled by competent liberal professionals.