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The EU Provoked Putin, Not NATO

Maria Snegovaya | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Maria Snegovaya

What provoked Putin early in November 2013 and later in February 2014 was not Ukraine-NATO integration, but rather EU accession. If anything, serious discussions of Ukraine's NATO membership in 2014 began after (not prior to) Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

European Union Agrees To Put New Sanctions On Russia

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday. The s...

Germany's Merkel Calls For Sanctions On Russia To Be Put Into Effect

AP | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for the European Union to put new sanctions against Russia into effect immediately be...

Google's EU Antitrust Woes Extended

AP | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust body is again rejecting Google's offer to settle a case claiming it abuses its dominant position in I...

How Will Europe's New Foreign Policy Chief Cope With the "Ring of Instability"?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Europe is surrounded by a ring of instability. With conflicts festering from Ukraine to Iraq to Libya, the perennially elusive question is what Europe stands for. How do its values, interests, and ambitions fit into an increasingly unruly world? The nomination of the new European foreign policy chief last weekend looks like yet another missed opportunity to provide an answer.

The 75th Anniversary of the Second World War: Contemporary Lessons

David Harris | Posted 11.01.2014 | World
David Harris

Just as the democratic world must be vigilant about the evils that lurk, so, too, it must never lose its capacity to envision and strive for still more leaps forward.

EU Gives Russia Ultimatum On Ukraine

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ and JIM HEINTZ | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short ...

EU Leaders Name Polish Prime Minister To Top Council Job

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

By Adrian Croft and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, Aug 30 (Reuters) - European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donal...

Yellen + Jackson Hole = More Growth

Harlan Green | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The evidence is mounting, if not already there, that some higher taxation -- including a streamlining of the various tax codes that eliminates the perks -- is needed to spur continued growth. But when will the politicians finally wake up to that fact?

Europe's Neighborhood Nightmare

Erik Brattberg | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Erik Brattberg

For far too long, Europeans have believed in the false notion of "Fortress Europe," that crises in its neighborhood are distant and can somehow be contained. The reality is that modern security threats know few borders.

European Union Offers To Take Charge Of Gaza Borders

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a d...

Germany Nixes Major Arms Deal With Russia

AP | By GEIR MOULSON | Posted 10.05.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Monday it has revoked permission for the delivery of a field exercise simulator to the Russian military, bl...

Orbán Designs to Turn Hungary into 'Illiberal' State

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

It sounds like a headline from the European version of The Onion, but Viktor Orbán, months from winning a landslide reelection in April, announced his intentions to turn Hungary into an 'illiberal state,' modeled after China or Russia.

CNN Host Blasts The EU | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
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On Ukraine, Europe has always been a step behind, internally conflicted, and unwilling to assert itself clearly and quickly. ...

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Ivan Sukhov

The most frightening possible result of sanctions is that the West could nail shut the "window to Europe" that Russia has been laboring hard to develop ever since Peter the Great first built it at tremendous cost in the early 18th century.

Paranoia Muddies Media's View of Bitcoin's Potential

Techonomy | Posted 09.20.2014 | Technology

By Ulf Gartzke and Steve Ehrlich [Image via Shutterstock] European financial regulators just took a positive step to engage directly with the disr...

Can Matteo Renzi Move Mainstream Europe?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

An old saying in Rome has it that the favorite candidate always enters the conclave as the next pope but exits as a mere cardinal. Matteo Renzi, Italy's maverick prime minister, is Europe's man of the hour; but the six-month rotating EU presidency which Italy kicked off earlier this month may leave him severely diminished, unless he fulfills the promise of his leadership with tangible results.

5 Instant Geopolitical Thoughts on the Horror in Ukraine

Edward Goldberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

President Obama's announcements of stronger financial sanctions against Russia a day before the Malaysian plane crash was extremely fortuitous. It put him in front of the issue, prevented Republican criticism over leadership and gained the White House the moral high ground.

The World Financial Cup

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Germany represents everything that's wrong with the world financial system. Argentina is the epic case of countries whose economies are screwed by policies championed by Germany -- and unfortunately by the United States as well.

Why Google's Removal of News Links in the EU Is a Good Thing

Evan Leatherwood | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Evan Leatherwood

The furor over Google's removal of news links in the EU will, I hope, alert people to the dangers of allowing a single, commercially motivated entity to effectively be the sole gatekeeper and organizer of the Web's information.

We Need Some Inflation!

Harlan Green | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Maybe raising the Fed's inflation target would encourage more demand and rising incomes, or are we as traumatized by the 1970s era of stagflation as the German's were in the 1920s?

Scientists Threaten Boycott Of Costly Brain Project

AP | FRANK JORDANS and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 07.07.2014 | Science

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomput...

Ukraine - the Next Phase

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Now the ball lies at the foot of all three main players -- Ukraine, the EU and Russia.

Time for America's Middle East Allies to Forge Their Own Destinies

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

The United States should use the 300 soldiers who are on their way to Iraq to stiffen its allies spines and to generate collective action to fight the forces of evil now set loose in the Middle East. America can help with this endeavor, but the heavy lifting must be the responsibility of America's Middle East Allies.

Silent Coup: How Enbridge Is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogWhile the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a deca...