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February 24, 2015, by Mark Snowiss of VOANews

As the US wages a high-profile campaign against Russia over Ukraine, it is also battling Kremlin-dominance on another front – energy in Eastern Europe. Nato member Bulgaria, which relies on […]

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The new Minsk ceasefire: Avoiding Putin’s trap

February 12, 2015, by Volker Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Angela Merkel’s Monday visit to Washington made the gap between Europe and the United States even more obvious than had the recent transatlantic spa ...

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‘It’s the last chance to keep the peace in Europe’

February 6, 2015, by Bernd Johann of Deutsche Welle

The path Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are now treading to try to end the war in eastern Ukraine will not be easy. So far, all diplomatic initia ...

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European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015: The view from Sofia

February 5, 2015, by Vessela Tcherneva

For most of 2014, Bulgaria’s foreign policy was extremely passive. The prime minister carried out no diplomatic visits in the first 10 months of 201 ...

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    Can Poland remain a leader of EU foreign policy?
    February 5, 2015, by Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    In 2014 Poland confirmed its role as one of the European Union’s foreign policy leaders. The Russian-Ukrainian conflict hit Poland’s interests hard, and Warsaw was put in the driver’s seat […]

  • François Hollande, President of the French Republic, Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz, President of the EP
    Germany leads Europe: Jettisoning the status quo
    February 5, 2015, by Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Germany is rightly praised in the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 for assuming more leadership in the diplomacy of the European Union. However, Berlin’s new foreign policy role (just like […]

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    Russia is not Charlie
    January 17, 2015, by Maria Lipman for the European Council on Foreign Relations

    Russia’s official reaction to the French tragedy was little more than diplomatic correctness. President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to François Hollande in a formal statement and then spoke to […]

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    Cheaper oil best weapon against Russia’s aggression
    January 16, 2015, by The Kyiv Post

    The strength of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime is a derivative of global oil prices — in other words, weak and getting weaker. So far, however, Putin’s economic troubles have […]