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      Federica Mogherini – Italy’s scapegoat
      Jul24

      Federica Mogherini – Italy’s scapegoat

      Even for a politician who has built a career around delivering grace under pressure, the intensity of the campaign against Federica Mogherini mounted over the past few weeks will have been unsettling. The youngest foreign minister in Italy’s republican history has been attacked for her politics (too left-wing), her views on Ukraine (too...

      Belarus: island of stability?
      Jul24

      Belarus: island of stability?

      Sunday, 20 July, marked the twentieth anniversary of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s presidency of Belarus – a European record for longevity in leadership with which, until last year, only Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker could compete. So what has life been like under the man usually described as ‘Europe’s last...

      The EU has to draw unity from the wreckage of MH17
      Jul23

      The EU has to draw unity from the wreckage of MH17

      The crisis in Ukraine is posing some hard existential questions for the European Union. The member states are being asked whether, in a post-Cold War world, they are ready to define their relationship with Russia collectively rather than individually. They are being asked whether they are prepared to inflict pain on their own citizens for the...

      Will the EU respond to the wake-up call on Russia?
      Jul23

      Will the EU respond to the wake-up call on Russia?

      Like lazy teenagers, Europe’s leaders are quite good at dealing with wake-up calls. They stumble out of bed, bleary-eyed and mumbling good intentions. The rest of the household hears some promising activity in the bathroom. But within a few minutes, silence reigns again. Life under the covers is just too tempting. That has been the story of...

      EU warns Russia of military, financial and energy sanctions
      Jul22

      EU warns Russia of military, financial and energy sanctions

      The European Union today (22 July) threatened to limit Russia’s ability to raise funds on Europe’s financial markets and to buy energy and military equipment unless it helps ensure that international investigators gain unfettered access to the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down on Thursday. The plane was flying over...

      EU tees up more sanctions against Russia
      Jul22

      EU tees up more sanctions against Russia

      A series of fast-developing international crises – in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq – will preoccupy foreign ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states at a meeting in Brussels today. The meeting will begin with talks on the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine on Thursday (17 July) – foreign...

      75% of flights continued flying over Ukraine after warning
      Jul18

      75% of flights continued flying over Ukraine after warning

      Despite a series of escalating flight height restrictions by Ukraine over eastern Ukraine, 75% of flights which use the route continued to fly over the combat area before yesterday’s crash, according to high-level European aviation sources. On 1 July, Ukraine set a restriction over its two eastern provinces, saying that no passenger plane...

      EU calls for immediate investigation into Ukraine air crash
      Jul18

      EU calls for immediate investigation into Ukraine air crash

      European Union leaders have called for an “immediate and thorough investigation” into what caused an airliner en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur to crash in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people on board. The flight, carrying mainly Dutch but also French, British, Belgian and American passengers, crashed...

      Six things we learnt from last night’s European Council
      Jul17

      Six things we learnt from last night’s European Council

      1) Federica Mogherini is a lost cause – Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, is a man in a hurry. He plucked Federica Mogherini out of obscurity in February, when he made her foreign minister. Just four months later, he wanted to make her European Union foreign-policy chief. Not so fast, said at least ten leaders, albeit initially in...

      US and EU strengthen Russian sanctions
      Jul17

      US and EU strengthen Russian sanctions

      The European Union and the United States today (17 Juy) announced new sanctions on Russia, in a bid to help Ukraine in its efforts to quell pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The actions taken by the US, which announced its sanctions shortly before the EU, were particularly notable, with the administration of US President Barack Obama...