Greece backs new EU action against Russia
EU nudges forward sanctions regime on Russia, with Greece joining other states in accusing Russia of increasing support to separatists in Ukraine.
An extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers from the European Union – called because of a major intensification of fighting in Ukraine – ended with a small extension of the EU’s sanctions on Russia.
Japan’s foreign minister sees co-operation on security matters and free-trade agreements as pillars of a fuller relationship with the EU.
- Is bond-buying the right medicine for Europe?Quantitive easing may have supported economic recovery in the US, but there are no guarantees that the ECB’s latest monetary policy experiment will have the same success in Europe.
- Tarred thinking on RussiaThere are two popular and mistaken lines of thought about the impact of the oil-price crisis on the Russian regime.
Rather than being an obstacle to peace, the International Criminal Court could be used by both sides to seek accountability and to increase the chances of ending the cycle of violence, writes Israeli photojournalist Alex Levac.
- Making sense of the Swiss shockSwitzerland is an example of just some of the risks that might emerge if a country with a strong economy were to leave the eurozone, write Markus Brunnermeier and Harold James.
- The Russian threat runs out of fuelWhen oil prices rise, Russia expresses its latent resentments more aggressively, writes Daniel Gros.
A good week for...
The speed with which a coalition deal was struck suggests that the leader of the Independent Greeks had been in touch with Syriza before Sunday's general election. But the two parties would not have known exactly how many seats they would win, and the extent to which Syriza would need support. The Independent Greeks won 13 seats, and an anti-austerity stance was enough to see a deal struck, with Kammenos getting the job of defence minister. How the radical and the far-right get along in government remains to be seen.
A bad week for...
The head of Russia's central bank says that Russians are behaving "entirely reasonably" despite the country's economic woes. On Monday (26 January), Standard and Poor's cut Russia's credit rating to junk status - or below investment grade - for the first time in a decade. S&P gave Russia a rating of BB+, which puts it at the same level as Indonesia and Bulgaria, and makes it to borrow money from investors. That comes on top of the rouble's slide because of the failing price of oil and economic sanctions imposed by the West.
Profile of the European commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries.
Nicknames have a special significance in Malta. Whether a badge of individual respect (or notoriety), a man’s laqam will often tell you more about him than his curriculum vitae.
People & Places
Philippe Maystadt, a former president of the European Investment Bank and a former finance minister of Belgium, has been appointed chairman of the Centre international de formation …
Latvia is probably one of the least known countries of the European Union. It is certainly one of the smallest and, unfortunately, one of the poorest. So Latvia’s presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, during the first half of 2015, will test its resilience and resourcefulness.
- Latvia’s fresh start
- Latvia: stability amid the flux
- Low birth rate locks in Latvia’s demographic destiny
- Latvia: populate or perish
- Latvia: leading on austerity
Latvia was a frontrunner on reform and is now a frontrunner for growth. Its new challenge is to lead other countries towards both.
Domestic consensus on the need for stability should prevent Latvia’s political volatility from undermining its presidency.
The economic downturn has also had a negative effect on the birth-rate in Latvia.
The tide of young, educated Latvians leaving the country is creating a skills shortage which poses a threat to the country’s economic recovery.
Latvia’s liberalised economy has enjoyed some of the strongest growth in the eurozone, but pressure is growing on the government to improve services for citizens.
- Latvia's environmental ambition
- Latvian citizens caught in the EU-Russia crossfire
- Latvia in purple
- Laimdota Straujuma: Latvia's prime minister
- Dana Reizniece-Ozola: Latvia's economics minister
- Jānis Dūklavs: Latvia's agriculture minister
- Jānis Reirs: Latvia's finance minister
- Edgars Rinkēvičs: Latvia's foreign minister
- Anrijs Matīss: Latvia's minister of transport
- Small country, big agenda
- The agenda for Latvia
Latvia has some impressive achievements on the environment, but inconsistency has marred its record.
The large ethnic-Russian minority poses a political challenge for its own representatives as well as the government.
Latvia needs to be better connected to Europe’s energy networks, but its vulnerability can be over-stated.
Mini-profile of Latvia's prime minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's economics minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's agriculture minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's finance minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's foreign minister.
Mini profile of Latvia's minister for transport.
Latvia faces some daunting tasks in a period of fast-changing policy.
The first half of 2015 holds some challenges for the Latvian government.
EU Studies Fair 2015
6 February 2015 - 9am
EU Studies Fair 2015 – 6 & 7 February 2015 – Brussels European Voice is delighted to announce the 16th EU Studies Fair. The EU Studies Fair …