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KIEV, Ukraine – History books will record the past week as the Ukraine‘s most significant, and tragic, since the end of Soviet rule.

Behind the decadence of a Ukrainian president

 

With ousted President Viktor Yanukovich believed to be in hiding, protesters have flung open the gates to his estate

 

Pro-Maidan Video Goes Viral Thanks to Pavel Durov, Russia’s Zuckerberg

Screen capture from ?Fear Is Not Real.? YouTube.

 

Introducing the Euromaidan Response Generator

So the European Union has struggled to respond adequately to the developing crisis in Ukraine. But could you do better than our political ?leaders? in Europe? Now you can try ? with the #Euromaidan Response Generator. Good luck, and share widely.

Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

 

Ukraine’s opposition asserts control in parliament, as protesters walk unchallenged into official buildings and President Yanukovych leaves Kiev

 

Europe?s Crisis in Ukraine

 

In Ukraine, the Kremlin could have had a stable and reforming neighbor that would cooperate with Russia and the EU alike. Now, through its own actions, Russia finds itself adjacent to a powder keg.

 

Amid signs that some allies may be deserting him, the president is increasingly dependent on a small group of hardliners and wealthy oligarchs
Why Russia fears chaos and Western influence in Ukraine

EU-mediated Ukraine agreement ?gives peace a chance?

 

Ukraine opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich today (21 February), aiming to end a violent standoff that has killed at least 77 people and opening the way for an early presidential election this year.

 

Russian-backed Yanukovich – under pressure to quit from the mass demonstrations in Kyiv – earlier offered a series of concessions to his pro-European opponents, including a national unity government and constitutional change to reduce his powers, as well as the presidential vote

BBC economics correspondent Andrew Walker says even if Ukraine’s political situation does stabilise, its economic outlook will likely remain profoundly uncertain

Yanukovych, Russia and the EU: Why we saw this one coming

 

Kiev, 1048.Yaroslav The Wise, the Kiev-Rus leader, was caught in strife with the Byzantine and Holy Roman Empire when a French envoy from King Henry I arrived to request the hand of Yaroslav?s daughter in marriage. As a powerful ally in the West would have madea useful strategic alliance, the Kiev-Rus leader?s response was unequivocal: only if his daughter was to be the new queen of France. The marriage of Anne and Henry signaled the first alliance between Kiev and the European mainland.

 

Latest Photos: Protesters Control Kiev, Seize President’s Residence

Saturday may have marked a turning point in the extended and often violent strugglebetween protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, and the country’s embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych

Poll sees centre-left taking the lead in EU election race

The European Socialist political family is likely to win the most seats in EU Parliament elections in May, a survey showed on Wednesday (19 February), boosting the group’s chances of also securing the presidency of the European Commission.

Data suggests the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group will gain up to 29.4% of all seats in the next EU Parliament, according to a new survey aggregating polling data from all EU member states

Switzerland to speed up measures against tax evasion

Switzerland must adopt a position on sharing bank client data with foreign tax authorities more quickly than originally thought and cannot hold back until all other countries have introduced the practice, its finance minister told a Swiss newspaper.

So far, 42 countries have declared an interest in automatically sharing information on taxpayers’ offshore bank and brokerage accounts with foreign tax authorities in line with standards drafted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Bosnia: another EU communication chasm ?

 

Bosnia?s political elites across the ethnic spectrum have lost their legitimacy, and can only function within the current political chaos, with its prevailing democratic deficit.

As Stefan Fule, the EU Commissioner for Englargement, leaves Sarajevo after an abortive 9-hour meeting with the leaders of Bosnia?s seven main political parties, there is an eerie sense of déjà vu for those who remember Europe?s role in the 1990s war

Renzi conspiracy theories grip Italy

 

Many Italians are still asking why the young Democratic party leader unexpectedly engineered the vote that ousted Enrico Letta as prime minister

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us (17/02/14) Part Two

 

Young bloggers from across the EU tell us what’s on their minds. Leading this week are the protests in Bosnia and the EU’s communication problem.

The EU is not in a position to navigate the high seas of foreign policy

As a Roma, integration means something different to me

The situation in Bosnia is big news in Croatia…but for the wrong reeasons

Italy is quickly turning from one of the most pro-EU countries, to one of the most eurosceptic, with less than 100 days to go to the EP vote.

Back to the basics: let’s talk democracy out

 

Does UKIP give eurosceptics a bad name?

 

To look at Twitter (or the academic conference schedule), the European elections are almost upon us. With them comes the familiar litany of concerns about falling turnout, democratic deficits and all the other tropes. While these have some basis in fact, such debates tend to present a rather distorted view of the world (turnouts are down across all elections; all democracies are deficit on some measure) and ? certainly in a lay context ? obscure as much as they reveal.

 

Religion in European migration studies

In recent years, religion has come back to the research agenda of the European social sciences with full strength. Important authors such as José Casanova, Timothy A. Byrnes, and Peter J. Katzenstein have identified this renewed interest in the topic, both in politics and in academia, as a ?return of religion? to European public spheres. One of the chief reasons for the return of religion in the view of these sociologists is the large influx of non-secularized populations to Europe through immigration. In particular, conflicts surrounding Islam and the practices of Muslim immigrants have attracted enormous attention both in the media and in academia

France and Rwanda’s genocide: a long wait

 

The belated trial of a suspected genocidaire in Paris highlights the complex political relationship between Rwanda and France. It also reflects problems in the hard road to international justice, says Andrew Wallis.

Europe?s Middle East Mission

 

With complex wars threatening to bring about the collapse of sovereign states like Syria and Iraq, and the Israel-Palestine conflict seemingly as far from resolution as ever, it is easier to ask what Europe should avoid than what it should do to help bring peace to the Middle East. The short answer is that it should not take sides

 

Danish PM says country ‘should’ join the euro

Denmark should eventually become part of the eurozone as it would benefit the small, Scandinavian country, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has said in an interview.

Though the Danish prime minister currently has no plans of calling for a referendum of Denmark’s euro opt-out, Thorning-Schmidt personally believes the country should still join “eventually”.

EU-US trade talks seen dragging on until mid-2016

As the European Union and the United States wrap up a week of talks on the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) in Washington, the EU still says it hopes to have something to show before the European elections in May. But observers say the real, final deadline is mid 2016, just before the US elections.

Partners on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed hope to finish negotiations on the trade deal swiftly, perhaps even before the end of this year

 

The Journalistic Purgatory of Eastern Europe

?The rose and the newspaper? by Borislav Dimitrov on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Sherlock and the European catastrophe

 

Benedict Cumberbatch sat across from the prime minister in best thin white duke mode, a look of disbelief frozen on his face. ?David, you do realise that I?m an actor? ‘Sherlock’ was just a TV detective show adapted for today’s Britain. We made too many seasons of it already. I?ve moved on.

 

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