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Radicalisation, extremism and terrorism: Words matter

Written by Marc Hall, in cooperation with Patryk Pawlak and Clare Ferguson, Terrorism is considered a serious threat to internal security by European governments, particularly in light of the attacks in Paris and Brussels. It is also one of the policy areas where a large majority of citizens would like to see more European involvement. … Continue reading

Russia: Economic indicators and trade with EU

Written by Martin Russell and Giulio Sabbati (both EPRS) In cooperation with Laura Bartolini (from GlobalStat | EUI), Which economy grew faster over the past 15 years – the EU or Russia? How many Russians are out of work, and how sound are the country’s public finances? How much red tape do Russian businesses have … Continue reading

Sanctions over Ukraine – Impact on Russia

In early 2014, Russia violated international law by annexing Crimea and allegedly fomenting separatist uprisings in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. Continue reading

Russia: manipulation of information and the EU’s response

Written by Ilze Eglite Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine has unleashed a major disinformation campaign in the Russian news media. Manipulation of information against Ukraine was identified by some analysts as part of Russia’s wider ‘information warfare’ against the West. Russia is investing heavily in media outlets that are targeting foreign … Continue reading

Russian measures against European Union agricultural products: one year on

Written by Ana Martinez Juan The legal basis for the European Union (EU) relations with the Russian Federation is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement , which came into force on 1 December 1997 and regulates the political and economic relations between the two parties. In this context, and regarding trade exchanges, Russia is the third … Continue reading

Understanding propaganda and disinformation

Written by Naja Bentzen Recent security-related developments have increased the focus on, and concern over, the use of biased and deceptive information as a strategic communication tool. The growing emphasis on countering manipulation of information calls for an equally attentive approach to the usage and definitions of the terms involved. Manipulation of information: old tools, … Continue reading

Economic impact on the EU of sanctions over Ukraine conflict

Written by Marcin Szczepański Russia is the European Union’s third biggest trading partner. In 2014, trade volume between the European Union (EU) and Russia decreased, mainly due to the impact of the recession on the Russian economy, as well as the conflict in Ukraine which led to EU sanctions and Russian countermeasures. Beginning in early … Continue reading

Putin’s Russia [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski Russia’s assertive foreign policy, annexation of Crimea, conflict with Ukraine and, recently, military operation in Syria are further challenging the assumptions of the post-Cold War world order. Meanwhile, on the domestic front, President Vladimir Putin’s government is seen to be increasingly repressive. The sanctions against Moscow imposed by the United States … Continue reading

Truth, lies and disinformation — beyond Russia and Ukraine

Written by Martin Russell and Naja Bentzen Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. — George Orwell, 1984 ‘This is war. You’re part of it’. The appeal on the euromaidanSOS website – originally a Facebook group devoted to helping ‘people who suffered during the revolution in Ukraine’ – … Continue reading

EU-Russia energy relations – stuck together?

Written by Martin Russell The EU’s reliance on Russian energy is a long-standing concern that predates current tensions. While dependence shows no signs of diminishing, the EU has taken coordinated action to prepare for potential disruption to supplies, and the proposed Energy Union envisages even closer cooperation. However, issues such as energy sanctions and Russian … Continue reading

From external threats to taxes – March II plenary session

Written by Tessa Tumbrägel Parliament’s next plenary session takes place on Wednesday 25 March in Brussels. Even though the session is for one day only, the agenda will cover a wide range of subject areas from EU external relations to tax transparency to budget concerns. Whilst the 19-20 March European Council meeting will demonstrate what EU … Continue reading

Ukraine after Minsk II: the next level

Written by Naja Bentzen and Giulio Sabbati One month after leaders from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia reached a 13-point peace agreement in Minsk on 12 February 2015 – Minsk II, a follow-up to the September 2014 Minsk Protocol – the ceasefire is shaky, although it has at least reduced the number of deaths in … Continue reading

The Russian economy: Will Russia ever catch up?

Written by Martin Russell Over the past 25 years, Russia has undergone dramatic economic changes, with the difficult reforms and catastrophic economic collapse of the 1990s, the boom years of the new century, the global economic crisis and the current downturn. Despite all these developments, many of the structural economic challenges faced by Russia remain unchanged since Soviet … Continue reading

EU-Russia relations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski Relations between the European Union and Russia are at their worst since the end of the Cold War, mainly due to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Most think tanks analysing EU-Russia relations and the situation in Eastern Europe are deeply worried about security in Europe … Continue reading

Minsk peace agreement: still to be consolidated on the ground

Written by Naja Bentzen and Evarts Anosovs On 12 February, after more than 16 hours of negotiations in Minsk, the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine also signed the deal, which includes a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, to begin … Continue reading

Who wants to arm Ukraine?

Written by Naja Bentzen Against the backdrop of the intensifying conflict in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv’s calls for defensive military assistance are becoming increasingly urgent. Ahead of the peace talks in Minsk on 11 February, where Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany plan to negotiate a peace deal after months of fighting, fears of an escalation of … Continue reading

EU reaction to Russia-Ukraine conflict

Updated on 13 February 2015 More than 5,000 people have been killed since April last year in the fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine forces. The EU is applying a combined approach of dialogue, diplomacy and sanctions in order to find a sustainable resolution of the conflict. 4 language versions available in PDF format EN: … Continue reading

Russia: home and abroad

Written by Martin Russell Russia’s ‘managed democracy’ On paper at least, Russia is a multi-party democracy — three opposition parties are represented in the federal parliament, and dozens more were able to take part in last year’s regional elections. However, opposition to Putin remains weak and divided: none of the official opposition parties — such … Continue reading

Ask EP – You asked, we answered

What was your EU topic of the year? In all probability we dealt with it. Check out the Ask EP review of 2014. At the end of this year, Ask EP will have treated some 10,000 letters and messages addressed to the European Parliament or its President. We receive these messages from all over Europe … Continue reading

Topics and links – October 2014

Update: This post is available in more EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Hearings of the new Commissioners, EP debate on fundamental rights in Hungary, ‘Thousand-cow farm’ project in France, Turkey and the situation of Kurds in Kobane, EU relations with Russia and Ukraine, winter time. This month, … Continue reading

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