By luring Eastern Europe with low energy-bills, reaching a hand towards troubled countries such as Greece and funding Front National in France, Putin is hurting the inner cohesion of an already divided Union.Read more "Russia keeps prodding the inner harmony of Europe"
Recent terror attacks in Europe have increased the focus on the connections between faraway conflicts and local extremism. Some of the radicalisation appears to happen in prisons, which creates a massive dilemma: Jail sentences for fighters returning from Syria and Iraq might increase the risk of attacks at home.Read more "On Europe’s internal front: Sentenced to radicalisation"
The Ukrainian crisis has triggered worries over whether or not Europe’s gas supply could be in jeopardy. The proposed Energy Union could be the way of weaning off Europe’s dependency on Russian gas. However, experts argue that it will take years before the union – if even implemented – would become a game-changer.Read more "The Energy Union: An unsteady way to loosen Russia’s grip on gas"
DR Congo is a chronic headache for Europeans who believe in extending democracy in Africa through support and diplomacy. Despite record investments in peacekeeping and elections, president Joseph Kabila is actively trying to get around the two terms allowed by the constitution in order to hold power in the war-torn country after 2016.Read more "Democracy fails to cross the Congo River"
The British government’s decision to send 75 military advisors to aid the Ukrainian army has been seen by many experts as more symbolic than significant. If this is the case: why bother?Read more "Soldiers in Soft Shoes: British military advisors head for Ukraine"
As fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine, the latest truce is in tatters. Now, it’s time to examine what, truly, caused the conflict that has left over five thousand people dead and displaced almost a million people.Read more "Sometimes it’s best not to poke the Russian bear"
Not machismo but calculated power politics underlie Russian involvement in Ukraine. As thousands die between Luhansk and Donetsk and the West points at bare-chested President Putin, the Kremlin weighs its options rationally. Supporting separatist rebels was the best way to prevent Ukraine joining NATO and the on-going Minsk peace talks won’t change that.Read more "Analysis – Crafty Putin chained Ukraine to Russia"