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  • A ‘new’ foreign strategy for Russia

    Opinion | Global Europe 07-02-2013

    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.

  • Where are you going, Ukraine?

    Special Report | Opinion | Global Europe 18-01-2013

    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.

  • Putin slams Barroso: ‘You know you are wrong, you’re guilty’

    News | Energy 21-12-2012

    The EU-Russia summit ended today (21 December) with no major decisions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin staged a show for the press, telling Commission President José Manuel Barroso that he was “not right” in his interpretation of energy liberalisation rules.

  • Putin’s Eurasian Union: A promising development

    Opinion | Europe's East 18-12-2012

    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.

  • Ukraine cancels gas talks ahead of EU-Russia summit

    News | Energy 18-12-2012

    Ukraine's president pulled out of gas price talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the last minute on Tuesday (18 December), raising concern about the reliability of supplies to Europe before a Russia-EU summit.

  • Eurasian Economic Union: Less than favourable outcome for economic integration

    Opinion | Europe's East 18-12-2012

    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.

  • Russian human rights report points to EU ‘deterioration’

    News | Europe's East 07-12-2012

    The human rights situation in the EU has deteriorated with the economic crisis, a Russian envoy said yesterday (6 December), citing xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, police abuse and neo-Nazism among others. “We believe that nobody should have the monopoly to assess the human rights situation in other countries,” the envoy insisted.

  • EU denounces Russian ‘treason’ law

    News | Europe's East 26-10-2012

    The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed concern yesterday (25 October) over Russia's recent adoption of a Cold War-style law, which could potentially imprison citizens in contact with foreigners for up to 20 years.

  • BP turns to government in Russian venture

    News | Energy 22-10-2012

    BP is ending a stormy relationship with Russian tycoons from a company known as AAR and is instead targeting a partnership with government-owned Rosneft. The deal, worth over $25 billion (€19.18 billion) could give the British oil company a stake of between 16% and 20% in the Russian oil giant. 

  • Why Merkel is taking such a keen interest in Moldova

    Opinion | Europe's East 27-08-2012

    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.

  • Russia joins WTO after 19-year wait

    News | Economy & Jobs 22-08-2012

    Russia officially joined the World Trade Organization today (22 August), ending a 19-year wait to become part of the global club.

  • World condemns Putin following punk group sentencing

    News | Europe's East 20-08-2012

    Europe and the United States condemned Russia over the two-year prison sentences handed down to three members of the Pussy Riot punk band, while protestors took to the streets in 60 cities around the world after the verdict.