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#Ukraine: EU prolongs sanctions over Russia’s actions

#Ukraine: EU prolongs sanctions over Russia’s actions

| September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Council prolonged by six months the application of EU restrictive measures targeting actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The sanctions consist of a continued asset freeze and a travel ban against 146 people and 37 entities until 15 March 2017. The measures were introduced in March 2014 and were last extended in March […]

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#NATO: Biden says there is overwhelming bipartisan support for defence of Baltic States and NATO

#NATO: Biden says there is overwhelming bipartisan support for defence of Baltic States and NATO

During his visit to Latvia on 23 August, US Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed US commitment to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The reassurances come after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that the United States would not automatically defend the Baltic states from Russia if they were invaded. Trump’s comments where […]

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#Ukraine: Can Ukraine achieve a reform breakthrough?

#Ukraine: Can Ukraine achieve a reform breakthrough?

| April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The key question is whether Ukrainians themselves can overcome the chief impediment to reform – the capture of the state by a narrow class of wealthy business people and their associates, writes John Lough.  Ukrainians showed impressive resilience in 2014 in the face of revolution and Russian aggression that led to war. With strong Western support, the new […]

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#Belarus: Senior-level US visit highlights dilemma for Belarus

#Belarus: Senior-level US visit highlights dilemma for Belarus

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The unannounced visit by a senior US defence official to Minsk is a further step towards normalization of relations between the US and Belarus. But this process will need to be handled with caution if it is not to provoke a dangerous reaction from Russia, writes Keir Giles. During a surprise three-day visit, US Deputy […]

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#Ukraine: Submission on Dutch referendum on Ukraine

#Ukraine: Submission on Dutch referendum on Ukraine

The Dutch referendum on Ukraine scheduled for 6 April 2016 has raised a number of disputes and controversial coverage by the international media. While the referendum mainly concerns votes of the Dutch nationals, the results of the polls may touch the interests of expats living in the Netherlands, writes Olga Malik. According to the CBS latest […]

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#FYROM: MEPs assess reform efforts of Montenegro and FYROM in 2015

#FYROM: MEPs assess reform efforts of Montenegro and FYROM in 2015

If the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can break its current political stalemate, hold free and fair elections soon and put its reforms back on track, then there should be no further obstacles to starting EU accession talks with it, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday (10 March). In a separate resolution, they […]

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#Brexit: Prominent Brexit campaigner repeats Kremlin lies

#Brexit: Prominent Brexit campaigner repeats Kremlin lies

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is currently much discussion about the forthcoming referendum, in June of this year, on British membership of the European Union (EU). This is a long-standing issue, and one which most people on both sides of the debate agree must be resolved. Whilst Euroscepticism in the UK began with the working-class Labour movement, it came […]

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