Category Archives: EU

Heleen over de Linden, Dutch lawyer and expert on Russia sanctions

If Russia fails to comply with the decisions of international courts, it will be seen as a “banana republic” In September 2021, the European Union extended for another six months a package of personal sanctions against Russia for actions aimed to undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence. In addition to personal sanctions, in June 2021, the EU extended until

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European Gas Prices Soar 10% As Russia Refuses To Open The Taps

By Julianne Geiger As the cat-and-mouse game continues over Russian gas to Europe, Russian Gazprom has refused to allow more gas into Europe via Ukraine for October, sending prices soaring another 10 percent Monday.  Russia’s move to keep flows to Europe at a minimum means the continent cannot store up ahead of the winter months.  According to Bloomberg, European gas

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Russia: Speech by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP Plenary

Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, Allow me to congratulate the Rapporteur Andrius Kubilius and all the Members who have been working on this draft report, adopted with a large support in the Foreign Affairs Committee. I think that the report describes accurately where we stand in our relations with Russia, that are more difficult than ever. Building

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Proposals for an EU army re-emerge after Afghan pullout – but many remain ‘hard to convince’

European dismay over President Joe Biden’s precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has renewed calls for an EU military force. But while proponents of “strategic autonomy” say the fall of Kabul should serve as a wake-up call, others do not see an existential threat and are content to remain as junior partners to US military might. European countries had

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Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 Firm Loses Court Case For Exclusive Pipeline Access

A German court ruling could limit Gazprom’s ability to use the pipeline. The Gazprom-led business consortium constructing the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline has lost a crucial court case in Germany that could have excluded it from strict EU rules on the sale and transport of gas into the EU. Nord Stream 2 AG — the Gazprom-owned, Swiss-registered company building

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Lighthouse of freedom

RICHARD HERZINGER In the next ten years, it will become clear whether liberal democracy will be able to withstand the growing threat from increasingly expansive authoritarian states, especially Russia and China. The danger that under their influence the freedom-loving foundations of the West will be destroyed is quite real. However, the political elites and the general public of the West are

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Will the EU Shake off Its Lethargy Over the Protracted Conflicts in the Black Sea Region? (Part One)

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 121 By: Vladimir Socor Romania’s minister of foreign affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, is spearheading an initiative within the European Union to involve the EU in the management and eventual resolution of the protracted conflicts in the wider Black Sea region. Ten other EU member states (Portugal, Sweden and eight Central-Eastern European countries) co-sponsored Romania’s

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Gas prices soaring in Europe as Russia’s Gazprom refuses to increase transit through Ukraine

Gas prices in Europe, after a month of respite, are soaring again. On Thursday, the cost of gas futures on the London ICE exchange exceeded $ 500 per thousand cubic meters amid growing demand, a shortage of LNG supplies and Gazprom’s refusal to increase transit through Ukraine. Contracts for August, pegged to the price of gas at the EU’s largest

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European Council confirms decision to recommend opening borders for Ukraine

14.07.21 16:07 – Censor.net EU Recommends opening travel with Ukraine As reported by Censor.NET. The European Council confirms that the ambassadors of the EU member states have decided to recommend including Ukraine in the list of countries for which restrictive measures imposed on travel to the EU due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be lifted. The press service of the European

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The Donbasization of Belarus. A test for Europe

Without EU action, Belarus will become a failed state on Europe’s doorstep. What nine months of unprecedented internal repression couldn’t achieve was finally made possible by a far less bloody, but much more publicized hijacking of a Ryanair jet. The European Union (EU) has realized that the Belarus problem will not just vanish and decided to take a first decisive

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EU Invites Russia to Discuss Mutual Vaccine Certificate Recognition – TASS

The European Union has approached Russia for talks on recognizing each other’s coronavirus vaccination certificates, EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said Thursday.  The EU launched its own digital vaccination certificate on July 1, allowing vaccinated EU citizens to travel freely within the 27-member bloc. As the certificate only recognizes vaccines authorized by the EU, those vaccinated with Russian-made jabs

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Lukashenka vs. Europe

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore The autocratic regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka is intensifying its ongoing cold war against Europe. Over the course of the past week, the Belarus dictator threatened to disrupt international supply chains between Europe and Asia, called for the closure of the international border with Ukraine, and announced provocative military exercises near the Belarusian frontier with EU and

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EU should pay money to Belarus for air, Russian Academy of Sciences president says

Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has said that the EU should pay Belarus because the Belarusian forests clean the polluted air, BelTA reports. The head of the Russian Academy of Sciences made the statement during a meeting of the VIII Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. “If you look at the wind rose in Belarus

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European policy toward Russia begins in the East

New Atlanticist by Nicolas Tenzer The Franco-German proposal for a European Union (EU) summit with Russia—doomed from the start and rejected on June 25—sheds light on deep dissension within the European Council on relations with Russia and the work that must still be done to develop foreign policy in Brussels. At least three issues hobbled the idea championed by French

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Europe Will Not be Strategically Sovereign, Unless it Compromises on the Russia Question

A strategically independent Europe needs, of course, some compromise, with an adversarial nuclear power next door, a form of “negative peace”. Unfortunately, the flaw in that plan, is that the EU is not a military power, and has no way to stop forces within which oppose this accommodation and compromises. by Sumantra Maitra Eastern Europeans are livid at the German and French

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Kremlin ‘Regrets’ EU Rejection of Proposed Putin Summit

The Kremlin on Friday said it “regretted” a decision by EU leaders to reject a proposal by Germany and France to resume summit meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “President Putin was and remains interested in establishing working relations between Moscow and Brussels,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. EU leaders said Friday they had rejected the proposal from German

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No more summits with Russia

The Kremlin’s diplomatic theater with the democratic world looks increasingly deplorable these days. The long-awaited Russian-American summit in Geneva on June 16 resulted in nothing but Russian President Vladimir Putin getting a new platform for cocky ranting against the West. Die Zeit, the German broadsheet, has recently published Putin’s op-ed, a typical specimen of Kremlin propaganda, in which the Russian

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“To attract a bear to guard honey.” Which EU countries opposed Putin’s invitation to the summit

On June 24, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the European Union should create a platform for dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Chancellor’s statement was ambiguously perceived by Germany’s partners in the EU, countries bordering on the Russian Federation reacted especially sharply. The contacts of the official Brussels with the Kremlin were frozen after the annexation of Crimea in 2014; the

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EU Must Seek ‘Direct Contact’ With Putin: Merkel

The European Union should seek direct talks with President Vladimir Putin even as it stands together against “provocations” from Russia, said Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. “In my opinion, we as the European Union must also seek direct contact with Russia and the Russian president,” she told parliament. “It is not enough for the American president to talk to

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Don’t flirt with an anti-Western bully. How Berlin and Paris “talk” with Putin

History has taught us that appeasing an aggressor is ineffective and dangerous. Eighty years ago, one totalitarian state, Nazi Germany, violated its non-aggression pact with another totalitarian state, the Soviet Union, and invaded its territory . Hitler’s attempt during the blitzkrieg in Eastern Europe to crush the Red Empire of the commissars and provide, as he saw it, a “Lebensraum” for the

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