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A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

There is No Place in the European Union for This Turkey

Theo Summer | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Theo Summer

For 30 years, I have advocated accepting Turkey into the European Union, once the country has fulfilled the Copenhagen Criteria: institutional stability as a guarantee of democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and minority rights, a functioning market economy, and finally the pledge to embrace the goals of the political, economic and monetary union. If Erdogan continues as he has over the past two years, he will not fulfill these criteria. There is no place in the European Union for this Turkey.

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.

EU Leader On Russia: 'They Are Intending To Build Up'

Posted 04.05.2014 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — EU foreign ministers stressed the need Saturday for Russia to defuse tensions with Ukraine following a two-day informal meetin...

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

The Ghosts of Kursk

Brian Kahn | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Brian Kahn

To understand (as distinct from 'to agree with') the Russian viewpoint, one needs to remember that Ukrainian nationalists/fascists fought alongside the Nazi invaders. Today's Ukrainian "Right Sector" party is one their current incarnations.

Ukraine and the EU: History is Not Destiny

Daniela Schwarzer | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Daniela Schwarzer

What the world is now witnessing in Ukraine is a political struggle between two different visions of modernity, good governance and a decent society. It is an echo, 20 years later, of what happened in 1989 and thereafter in many Warsaw Pact countries. They are now mostly members of the European Union and of NATO, living proof that history is not destiny. There is no reason why it could not happen now in Ukraine, in Russia. . .and elsewhere. The choice is for Ukrainians, Russians and others to make. But Europe and the United States should be there to help.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: Heading West On Adventure

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Charles Karel Bouley

This is Part II of III chronicling a trip to Ireland for 12 remote radio shows and a media trip surrounding St. Patrick's Day by the Karel Cast, Karel...

Switzerland and the EU: The Heavy Cost of Isolation

Student Reporter | Posted 03.24.2014 | World
Student Reporter

swissreferendumcows ZURICH, Switzerland - On Feb. 9, the Swiss voted to introduce a quota system to cap immigration from European Union countries. The EU has responded quickly and unequivocally: Without the free movement of persons, Switzerland risks losing access to EU markets and institutions that help fuel a large part of the Swiss economy. In the few weeks since the referendum, Switzerland has already gotten a taste of the costs that increasing isolation brings.

Ukraine, From More Than One Perspective

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

Friends have asked me to write to explain what is going on. But how do I explain an extremely complicated situation that feels so personal? Mainstream media runs headlines about Ukraine right next to stories about Syria. And isn't that the bottom line -- how do we avoid another Syria?

WATCH LIVE: 'The Tragedy Of The European Union'

Posted 03.13.2014 | World

George Soros is speaking about his new book, "The Tragedy of the European Union" at the London School of Economics on Thursday, March 13th at 2:00-3:3...

Snowden Warns Us of the Dark Path Ahead

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In written testimony to the European Union (EU), Edward Snowden explained in patient, well-written, detailed prose exactly why what the NSA is doing is so dangerous.

EU Freezes Assets Of 18 People In Ukraine

AP | Posted 03.05.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is freezing the financial assets in Europe of 18 people held responsible of misusing state funds in Ukrai...

Global Markets Could Be Derailed by Ukraine's Crisis

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Turmoil in Emerging Markets hit investor confidence in January and, after a stellar February, the crisis in the Ukraine could lead to profit taking this month.

Ukraine and the Dawn of Post-American Europe

Erik Brattberg | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

Few should be surprised by Putin's behavior in Ukraine. What is more startling, however, is how ill-prepared Washington and many European capitals appear to be in the face of Russia's ongoing aggressions.

Ukraine: Putin, Pride and Ports

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The de facto expropriation of Crimea by Russia raises serious questions about the perceived legitimacy of the new government in Kiev, ethnicity in Ukraine, Russian history, Russian pride, and Russia's ability to project its power in the future.

Tsar Putin

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is escalating the stakes by intervening in the Ukraine, and effectively taking control of the Crimean peninsula.

The Crises in Ukraine and Syria: Putin Caught in the Jaws of a Vise

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The battles for Kiev and Damascus are caught between prudence and heavy-handedness, in a polarization that is fateful not only for Ukraine and Syria, but also for the relationship between Russia and the West. It is a phase of anxious repositioning.

Europeans and Ukraine

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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UK Warns Russia: Don't Intervene In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

By Andrew Osborn LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain warned Russia on Sunday against intervening in Ukraine's "complex" crisis, saying ...

Ukrainian Tango on the Brink: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

Erik Brattberg | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

Though the newest deal is a welcomed respite from recent days' brutal violence, no one should be surprised if the situation in Ukraine is soon taking yet another turn for the uglier. On the contrary, such an escalation of violence fits well with how Yanukovych has acted from day one of the crisis.

Corruption Costs EU $162 Billion Each Year

AP | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — An EU report says corruption affects all 28 member countries of the European Union and costs their economies around 120 billion euro...

To Paraphrase Mark Twain -- The Reports of America's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Edward Goldberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The re-emergence of the United States as the growing -- not declining economic power (a pattern that has happened several times before) -- will have tremendous ramifications throughout the world.

Solving the EU Migration Crisis

Patrick Basham | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Patrick Basham

EU citizens have real worries about immigration and their politicians have done little to address them. There is still time for European countries to get serious about taking control of their economic future.