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FES roundtable on TTIPs impact on developing countries

On February the 25th, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organised a roundtable about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on developing countries. The keynote speech was given by Eveline Herfkens, Senior Fellow at John Hopkins University and former minister of development cooperation in the Netherlands, based on her recent paper ‘The TTIP: More Obstacles or More Opportunities For Sub-Saharan Exports?’.

Merkel & Hollande to present peace plans in Moscow, ceasefire in Debaltseve, Ukraine

The French president and German Chancellor have announced a surprise visit to Moscow on Friday February 6, hoping to achieve a deal that could put an end to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. As Hollande spoke of decisions of war and peace, suspicions have been raised that the Kremlin might attempt to split Europe and the US as the American Congress urges President Barack Obama to send military aid to Ukraine. The talks are set to start at 5 PM local time (2 PM GMT).

In gesprek met Bert Koenders en Frans Timmermans

Tijdens de pauze van het PvdA congres in Utrecht afgelopen weekend organiseerde de FMS, in samenwerking met het Internationaal Secretariaat van de PvdA, een bijeenkomst met Bert Koenders en Frans Timmermans. Tijdens de drukbezochte bijeenkomst, sommigen konden zelfs geen zitplek vinden, kregen de bezoekers de kans om Koenders en Timmermans de hemd van het lijf te vragen. Het werd een interactief gesprek over Mali, Syrië en Oekraïne en over hoe de afstand tussen Brussel en de burger verkleind kan worden.

Fundamentele herziening relatie met Rusland noodzakelijk

De brutale annexatie van de Krim door Rusland dit voorjaar en de daarop volgende campagne van destabilisatie in Oost-Oekraïne hebben geleid tot een diepe crisis in de verhoudingen tussen Rusland en het Westen. Hoe de situatie zich ook zal ontwikkelen, terugkeer naar business as usual is een gepasseerd station. Voor Europa dringt de centrale vraag zich op hoe de verhouding met Rusland opnieuw vorm te geven.

De Oorlog der Woorden

Op 9 en 10 november 2014 rapporteert NAVO generaal Philip Breedlove dat “Duizenden Russische troepen met colonnes tanks, artillerie en luchtverdedigingssystemen de Russisch-Oekraïense grens oversteken.” Deze rapporten worden bevestigd door NAVO Secretaris Generaal Jens Stoltenberg. Echter, hoewel dergelijke bewegingen volgens elke definitie een schoolvoorbeeld van militaire invasie volgen, durft men zulke woorden niet snel in de mond te nemen. Men vlucht liever in acrobatiek van semantiek voor woordgebruik zoals: “indringing” in plaats van “invasie.”

Who are the Commissioners designate? And how well prepared are they for their portfolio?

Who are the Commissioners designate? And how well prepared are they for their portfolio? We are about to find out during the public hearings in the European Parliament which will be taking place from September 30th until October 7th. During these hearings the Commissioners designate will be scrutinised by MEPs on their knowledge in relation to their portfolios and their stances with regard to important upcoming policy issues. In this article we will shortly examine the Commissioners designate who will be playing an important part in EU Foreign Affairs policy.

EU and Ukraine adopt Association Agreement, with concession to Russia

Yesterday on September 16 the European Parliament (EP), as well as the Verkhovna Rada – the Ukrainian Parliament, - ratified the European Union (EU)-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA). Last year this issue triggered the outbreak of a political crisis in Ukraine that led to the overthrow of then President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, and a war with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine that has to date killed more than 2,600 people. As a concession to Moscow the AA’s trade rules will not enter into force on 1 November as originally planned, but will be delayed until 31 December 2015.

European sanctions against Russia enter into force

Today, on 12 September, a new wave of sanctions against Russia that the European Union (EU) agreed upon during a Council meeting on 8 September will enter into force. In light of the decisive role that Russia has played in intensifying the conflict in eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian, Kyiv-wary separatists, Brussels finds it necessary to impose additional sanctions on Moscow.

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