European Union

Action Plan to End War in Ukraine Charted at Berlin Meeting

An overall consensus, in broad outline, seems to have taken shape among the main European players, pre-eminently Moscow and Berlin, to accelerate a solution to the conflict “in” Ukraine by the end of this year, on Russia’s terms. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a meeting in Berlin on August 24, in an unprecedented “Normandy minus Russia” format, though in basic consensus with Moscow.

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Putin Absent, His Agenda Dominates at Normandy Group Meeting on Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President François Hollande, on August 24, in Berlin (“Normandy” format minus Russia), at Poroshenko’s urgent request. This unprecedented meeting followed systematic violations of the ceasefire and open sabotage of the international monitoring mission by Russia and its proxies.

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Realpolitik Trumps Religious Ideology

The fact that Poland’s new President Andrzej Duda made his first visit to Estonia – on the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, no less – shows Poland’s greater stake in the region following the change in the security situation. For Estonia, it’s undoubtedly a boon for a large regional power to devote so much attention to Tallinn.

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Bad or Even Worse?

The migrants and refugees streaming into the European Union have cast a dark shadow on the Schengen agreement: when everyone enjoys freedom of movement, it isn’t possible to regulate the number of people in any one EU member state.

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Will the Channel Tunnel Divide or Unite Us?

When British and French leaders opened the Chunnel under the English Channel in 1994, there was much high-flown oratory. The Queen spoke in French, calling the tunnel a long-lasting connection between the United Kingdom and France

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The Awakening of the Netherlands

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Poland announced of creating a Russian-language news channel this week, with which they hope to use for confronting Russian propaganda. According to the plan, the news channel should include television, radio and online news. The channel should start broadcasting next year and they hope to get financing from a donor conference held in Warsaw. Other EU countries can also contribute to the news channel and it has already been called the BBC of Europe.

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Berlin, Paris Seek Constitutional Status for Donetsk-Luhansk in Ukraine

Twice in recent days (July 10 and 14), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande have jointly demarched Kyiv to, first, legalize the Donetsk-Luhansk authorities in Ukraine’s constitution, and next, to legitimize those authorities through local elections in those territories. Moscow has been airing similar demands publicly. But the Kremlin has not (at least not officially) contacted Ukraine’s leadership by telephone to press those demands recently. Instead, Merkel and Hollande have been working the phones toward that end.

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The Fort of Hungary

This week, Hungary started building a wall on its border with Serbia to better fight illegal immigration. The four-metre wall is to be built on the 175-kilometre border at eight locations which are the most popular among immigrants according to the Hungarian government.

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