Putin, Crimea and Psychology. Five Years with Russia

Five Years Crimea with Russia

18 March will mark the fifth anniversary of Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Everyone remembers military personnel in green uniform without insignia and the tactic of hybrid warfare. However, the time has come to review this important international political event in terms of the life of people on the peninsula and evaluate the fairness of our…

Ukraine Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

“I presented my Peace Plan in the European Parliament, here in Brussels. It is clear, and it consists of concrete steps. It is completely in accordance with the framework of both the Minsk and Normandy formats. It has great popularity and support in Ukraine. I run for the presidential office in order to achieve peace…

Conflict Resolution, Time For A New Approach?

Conflict Resolution

Against a backdrop of increasing violence and armed conflict in the world, a high level conference in Brussels heard heartfelt pleas for peace, and discussed the need for new means of conflict resolution, writes James Wilson. “I am very glad that the issue of this conference is not conflict prevention, but conflict resolution”, Frank Schwalba-Hoth,…

EU Response To Russian Aggression In The Azov Sea

Russian Aggression in Azov Sea

The EU, together with Australia, Canada and the US, has imposed sanctions on individuals for their role in Russia’s use of military force against 3 Ukrainian vessels and their crew in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea in November 2018. The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any…

MEPs vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

Vote to establish new Internal Security Fund

A new fund that will support Member States’ efforts to boost security within and between their countries has been endorsed during a vote at this week’s plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. As currently proposed, the Internal Security Fund will have a budget of just under €5 billion to support objectives such as…

EPP Group Wants To Redefine Relations With Turkey

EU Turkey Relations

The European Parliament has adopted the European Commission’s revised report on Turkey. Once called the ‘Progress report on Turkey’, the document is now just the ‘Turkey 2018 report’. This means that in the eyes of Europe, Turkey has regressed, not made progress towards its ambitions to join the EU. “Turkey is an important neighbour of…

More accessible products and services for disabled and elderly people 

Human Rights for people

Key products and services, such as smartphones, ATMs, ticketing machines and banking services, will be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The European Accessibility Act (EAA), approved by Parliament with 613 votes to 23, with 36 abstentions on Wednesday, aims to improve the daily lives of disabled and elderly people, also opening the door…

European Parliament Elections At Risk Of Attack

European Parliament Elections

This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament strongly condemned states that seek to undermine European democracy through disinformation campaigns and fake news in a resolution adopted overwhelmingly in plenary. Commenting on the Resolution, President Tajani stated: “Voter participation is the lifeblood of democracy. To express their right to vote, citizens must have complete and accurate…

EIB approves €2.4 bn investment

EIB investment €2.4 bn

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week approved a total of €2.4 billion of new financing to improve public services, upgrade infrastructure and strengthen private sector investment. ·     €905 million new financing for rail and road transport projects across Europe ·     €1 billion for business investment and corporate…