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      Ukraine parliament approves new government
      Apr14

      Ukraine parliament approves new government

      Following months of political turmoil, Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday approved Volodymyr Groysman as the country’s new prime minister and confirmed a new cabinet. Groysman, 38, is a loyalist of President Petro Poroshenko, and replaces the deeply unpopular Arensiy Yatsenyuk as government leader. His appointment was backed by 257 MPs,...

      Dutch In the loop April 14: Oekraïne-referendum
      Apr14

      Dutch In the loop April 14: Oekraïne-referendum

      Een week na het Nederlands ‘Nee’ tegen het EU associatieakkoord met Oekraïne blikt POLITICO’s Cynthia Kroet terug met Michiel van Hulten, campagneleider van het Ja-kamp, en Pieter Cleppe, hoofd van denktank Open Europe in Brussel. Waarom heeft Nederland dit verdrag afgewezen? Maar we kijken ook vooruit: Wat betekent het resultaat voor...

      Commission to propose visa-free travel for Ukraine despite Dutch ‘No’
      Apr11

      Commission to propose visa-free travel for Ukraine despite Dutch ‘No’

      The European Commission this month will propose allowing Ukrainians to travel visa-free in the EU despite the result of the Dutch referendum, according to Reuters. “It may look as if we’re ignoring the Dutch voters, but we have to keep our word to Ukraine, which has met the conditions,” an unnamed source told Reuters. Commission President...

      Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s departure unlikely to end Ukraine turmoil
      Apr11

      Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s departure unlikely to end Ukraine turmoil

      KIEV — Ukraine’s political turmoil claimed deeply unpopular Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who announced Sunday he is resigning, but the country’s volatility likely won’t end soon. Yatsenyuk said he would submit his resignation for parliament’s approval Tuesday. Other sources said the formation of a new coalition could...

      Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign
      Apr10

      Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign

      Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a televised address Sunday he is stepping down, Reuters reports. Yatsenyuk survived a no-confidence vote in parliament in February, but his relationship with President Petro Poroshenko has continued to deteriorate. Poroshenko’ s political bloc backed the Volodymyr Groysman, the...

      Putin’s war of smoke and mirrors
      Apr09

      Putin’s war of smoke and mirrors

      In modern 21st-century warfare, non-military approaches — propaganda, and economic, cultural and humanitarian sabotage — will play a greater role than purely military methods, Russian Armed Forces chief Valery Gerasimov argued, a year before the Russian occupation of Crimea. “In a couple of months, even days, a well-functioning state can be...

      Dutch referendum raises concerns over EU enlargement
      Apr07

      Dutch referendum raises concerns over EU enlargement

      The lure of European Union membership is one of the most important factors driving development, reform and conciliation in the fractious Western Balkans. The Dutch vote Wednesday was a harsh blow for the region. The Netherlands voted against an EU treaty for closer political and economic ties with Ukraine, raising immediate concerns about the...

      Dutch referendum shakes Ukraine
      Apr07

      Dutch referendum shakes Ukraine

      KIEV — Dutch voters’ resounding rejection of an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has sent shockwaves through Ukraine’s political establishment, exacerbating the country’s already deep political crisis. President Petro Poroshenko tried to put a positive spin on Wednesday’s non-binding referendum, in which more than 60...

      Russian threat prompts military spending surge in Central Europe
      Apr07

      Russian threat prompts military spending surge in Central Europe

      Military spending soared in Central Europe last year as the region responded to the growing threat from Russia by beefing up their defense budgets by 13 percent from 2014, according to a report by Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The pace of rearmament in Central Europe is significantly faster than in Western...

      Dutch get second chance to snub EU
      Apr05

      Dutch get second chance to snub EU

      THE HAGUE — Referendums make the Dutch establishment nervous. Eleven years ago, the country rejected plans to give the EU greater powers through a European Constitution, embarrassing the government and forcing a rethink in Brussels. History could repeat itself Wednesday. When Dutch voters go to the polls to decide whether the EU should work more...