A pro-European integration protester stands on a barricade during a rally in Independence Square in Kiyv [Reuters]

An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine began to unravel Sunday (21 April), with pro-Moscow gunmen showing no sign of surrendering seized government buildings

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday accused Kiev of violating the Geneva agreement on de-escalation in Ukraine. US Vice President Joe Biden wants to up the pressure on Moscow today, Tuesday, in Kiev. Some commentators accuse the US of taking half-hearted measures. Others call on the West to help Ukraine implement the roadmap for peace.

Biden Warns Russia Against Further Provocation

Top News: Vice President Joe Biden urgedRussia to refrain from further “provocative behavior” during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Biden pushed Moscow to cease its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine

UKIP Campaign Poster Evokes Hatred

Many commentators, including myself, have argued for a long time that the disastrous handling of the European crisis has opened the door to a toxic debate about ?us? and ?them? within the Union as well as a general re-nationalisation tendency in European politics. In the current European election campaign you can see a visualisation of what this actually means. This is a current campaign poster of UKIP in Great Britain (via BBC Radio 4 Today on Twitter):

UKIP Campaign Poster

The anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has started its campaign for the EU elections with posters slammed by opponents as ?racist?, fear-mongering and inaccurate

Italy has rescued over 1,000 migrants over the past 48 hours, the navy said on Tuesday, amid rising criticism from the political right over the high cost of the operation

Fascism swelling in Britain

open Democracy News Analysis – by John Siadhail

Fascist protests on the streets are a growing sign of the dark forces emerging from capital’s post-08 sterility.

US releases photo ‘evidence’ of Russian troops in Ukraine
The US State Department on Monday released images — provided by Ukraine — which it says proves armed separatists in eastern Ukraine are actually Russian military or intelligence officers


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