Eurosphere agenda: West extends sanctions against Russia…

EU targets politicians, military chiefs in sanctions on Russia
The European Union has released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis
MAIN FOCUS: West extends sanctions against Russia | 29/04/2014


The EU and the US extended their sanctions against Russia on Monday, imposing further visa bans and freezing more accounts. Commentators criticise the West’s reaction as far too hesitant, and see an international peace-keeping mission in eastern Ukraine as the more sensible approach

The Front National and other Eurosceptic parties are becoming increasingly popular and are dominating the political discourse. What are the consequences, both on the national and European level?

The rise of the Front National (FN) in France can be explained, firstly, by the failure of traditional government parties ? the Socialist Party (PS) and the centre right party (UMP) ? to echo people?s concerns and to offer working solutions with tangible results. Second, by the change of leadership it operated in 2011. Marine Le Pen has orchestrated a break-up with her father?s old party. The lifting she gave it was well-timed and necessary for an organisation that had become deflated. But beyond a new figurehead and a general rise in popularity of so-called extreme right-wing parties across Europe, the Front National?s potential has been fundamentally altered. Unless the centre-right reacts, or the social-economic conjecture improves, the FN?s popularity may prove long-lasting


Numbers 7 and 8 of 40 arguments for independence: a chance for genuine international co-operation and a potential step towards federalism.

Over the next few weeks, I’m publishing 40 reasons to support Scottish independence. Here are 7 and 8. For 1, 2 and 3, clisk here. For 4, 5 and 6, see here.

7)  A chance to join a networks of nations

?Swedes, Norwegians and Danes remain on amicable terms; they trade, co-operate and visit each other socially any time they like. They don?t need a pompous, blustering state called Scandinavia, informing them from Stockholm how wonderful they all are, but (kind of) only really meaning Sweden.? – Irvine Welsh, 2014

The union makes Scotland’s international relations almost one dimensional. Independence opens the door to a much wider range of collaborations across our islands, region, continent and planet.

Croatia’s flammability

Croatia’s far-right movement is very distinct, compared to other countries. How have the fall of Yugoslavia and the EU accession affected its development and where does it stand today?

In the last round of You tell us! blogs (part onepart two), we offered some thoughts on the nature of political apathy, which seems to be recognised as a concern all around Europe. What I am happy about is that, having admitted as much, one really tough topic has surfaced in the ensuing discussion. And actually, it concerns those who routinely exploit this apathy, combining it with the socio-economic crisis ? that is the far right. I’m going to offer a Croatian perspective on this

What’s left when you are (far) right in Bulgaria?

The far-right nationalist party Ataka kick-started their European elections campaign in Moscow this week. What is the special relationship between the far-right and Russia in Bulgaria?

Politics has been in a sorry state in Bulgaria for the last 14 years. For a country that was still in its dressing-gown while its Central European neighbours were fully-dressed and on the streets in 1989, Bulgaria managed a rather quick catch-up. By 1997, it was on its way to enforcing much-needed political and economic reforms, joining NATO and setting the stage for its European integration. By 2001, Bulgaria had had its first full four-year term Cabinet, which had dealt with hyperinflation, political corruption, and had even passed its first lustration law. In comparative politics terms, Bulgaria was a consolidating democracy and a growing economy, similar to that of the Slovak Republic

The Kremlin?s marriage of convenience with the European far right

open Democracy News Analysis – by Anton Shekhovtsov

Putin?s strong-arm tactics in Eastern Ukraine and ?moral, family-based? policies have won him ardent support from far-right European groups. But they should not be under any illusions..
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Putin?s strong-arm tactics in Eastern Ukraine and ?moral, family-based? policies have won him ardent support from far-right European groups. But they should not be under any illusions…

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