Implementation of EU sanctions against Russia: Commission adopts proposal for “maintenance and alignment” package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a joint (High Representative-Commission) proposal for a new package of measures to maintain and strengthen the effectiveness of the EU’s six wide-ranging and unprecedented packages of sanctions against Russia. Today’s “maintenance and alignment” package clarifies a number of […]

War in Ukraine: MEPs to debate effectiveness of EU sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday morning at 9.00 CEST, and will be joined by Ivan Fedorov, the Mayor of Melitopol. At the meeting, participants are expected to discuss several of the latest developments in Ukraine following the […]

Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence. Corruption has a devastating impact on the state of human rights, and often undermines the functioning and legitimacy of institutions […]

Turkey remains numb while its economy is expected to shrink further due to a cocktail of EU and US sanctions

The EU Council decided to impose sanctions on Turkey for continuing its illegal drilling operations in the Cypriot territorial waters violating the EU member’s sovereignty rights. The Turkish side however keeps claiming the natural sources in the area and insists on the myth that they have equal rights with the Republic of Cyprus. The under […]

Venezuela: MEPs demand free presidential elections and an end to repression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament backed on Thursday a peaceful solution for Venezuela via free, transparent and credible presidential elections. With 310 votes to 120 and 152 abstentions, plenary passed the second resolution this year on Venezuela (the tenth one since the beginning of the current […]

EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia by six months

This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council Today, 5 July 2018, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 January 2019. This decision follows an update from President Macron and Chancellor Merkel to the European Council of 28-29 June 2018 on the state of […]

Sanctions on Russia to be the biggest unity test at this European Council

The relations between the European Union and Russia, as well as the entire, delicate situation in Ukraine, will be discussed at the European Council commencing this Thursday, although no big news are likely to come. EU leaders have not yet agreed on how to proceed on Russian sanctions, but they are unlikely to reach agreement […]

EU-Russia relations: the beginning of a warmer winter?

The year 2014 has seen many changes and overturns in the EU-Russia relations, but although the New Year is just a few hours away, there is still time for the last swing. From both sides. Yesterday a few Russian media outlets reported that the High Representative of the European Union Federica Mogherini stated that Western powers […]