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How trade policy can help settle the Ukraine crisis

The protests which ultimately led to the fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s government in Ukraine in 2014 began after the country failed to sign a trade agreement with the EU. But could trade policy also offer a way out of the crisis? Robert Basedow writes that while talk of establishing a free trade area ‘from Lisbon to Vladivostok’ is unrealistic […]

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    The ‘Russian threat’ has revived nationalism in the ‘new’ Europe

The ‘Russian threat’ has revived nationalism in the ‘new’ Europe

How has the Ukraine conflict affected relations between Russia and Central and Eastern European EU member states? Cristian Nitoiu writes that while the response to the crisis has been heavily dependent on the domestic political circumstances within individual countries, there has been a clear revival of nationalist and anti-Russian sentiments which politicians have sought to use to their advantage.

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    The battle for history: why Europe should resist the temptation to rewrite its own communist past

The battle for history: why Europe should resist the temptation to rewrite its own communist past

Earlier this month the Czech and Slovak governments criticised the airing of a Russian documentary on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, with the Slovak ministry of foreign affairs describing it as an attempt ‘to rewrite history’. Martin D. Brown writes that while the documentary was undoubtedly flawed, the diplomatic spat was symptomatic of a situation in which […]

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    Could a Chinese-Russian strategic alliance challenge the power of the West?

Could a Chinese-Russian strategic alliance challenge the power of the West?

China and Russia have engaged in enhanced cooperation in a number of areas in recent years. Constantinos Filis assesses how Chinese-Russian relations have developed and whether a strategic alliance between the two countries could effectively balance the power of the West. He writes that given the West’s usefulness to both Moscow and Beijing, the striking of a long-term balance […]

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    Moscow’s ‘reactive’ foreign policy risks turning Russia into a declining power

Moscow’s ‘reactive’ foreign policy risks turning Russia into a declining power

How have Russia’s long-term foreign policy goals been affected by the Ukraine crisis? Cristian Nitoiu writes that Russia’s actions during the crisis have been largely reactive and that the country has suffered from both isolation from the West and the perception from non-Western actors that it now operates from a position of weakness. He argues that a clear long-term […]

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    EU and Russian leaders should avoid turning WWII commemorations into quarrels over Ukraine

EU and Russian leaders should avoid turning WWII commemorations into quarrels over Ukraine

A number of commemorative events are planned for later this year to mark the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Marco Siddi writes that while the EU and Russia have both participated in previous commemorations, the Ukraine crisis has made joint events unlikely to take place in 2015. He argues that both sides should avoid […]

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