Eurosphere agenda: EU new sanctions against Russia?… MH17…”Europe safety agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv…

Europe’s aviation regulator on Tuesday (22 July) warned airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv, joining action by US authorities as conflict continued on the Gaza Strip

The remains of MH17

The EU’s foreign ministers were unable to agree on further sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. Instead they tasked the European Commission with examining measures such as an arms embargo by Thursday. Commentators criticise the fact that harsh economic sanctions weren’t imposed immediately and call on the EU to finally adopt a united stance vis-à-vis Moscow

Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports

The first two planes carrying victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 land in the Netherlands where a day of mourning has been declared

How far do EU-US sanctions on Russia go?

BBC News | Europe | World Edition

Do Western sanctions hurt the Russian elite?


MH17 plane crash: EU moment of decision

BBC News | Europe

Tougher sanctions on Russia are bitter pill for EU too
MAIN FOCUS: Pressure on Moscow mounts after plane crash | 21/07/2014


After a Malaysian passenger plane was apparently shot down over eastern Ukraine, European leaders have called on Moscow to push for an independent investigation of the tragedy. Commentators doubt Russia will cede ground in the Ukraine conflict and call on the EU foreign ministers to impose tougher sanctions against the country at their meeting on Tuesday

The downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine has highlighted how unmanned aircraft could help Europe when it comes to surveillance operations in warzones.

Britain – the state of the nation

open Democracy News Analysis – by Stein Ringen

The New York Times has called it a ‘crisis of identity.’ I think that is to put too much blame on the British people. I would call it a crisis of leadership.

The UN Security Council, including Russia, condemned the shooting down of flight MH17 in a resolution passed on Monday. Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin pledged “full cooperation” with the investigation into the crash. Commentators nonetheless call for the EU foreign ministers to impose tough sanctions including an arms embargo on Russia at their meeting today, Tuesday.

Why sanctions on Russia are hard for Germany
A French court jails three young men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence

Stem the tide of Northern Ireland’s ‘culture wars’

Since the advent of the peace process, the conflicts over cultural identity in Northern Ireland have become increasingly fraught with danger. In order to head off a crisis, political elites must adopt a more strident approach in countering discrimination. As ever, young people will be central to this process.


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