The last Minsk agreement on eastern Ukraine failed to bring peace. The latest looks similar—but the context has changed.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, called it “no more than a glimmer of hope” after all-night negotiations in the Belarus capital, involving the leaders of Russia, France, Ukraine and herself, concluded on 12 February.
Greece’s European partners need to understand that the country’s recent election result was an explicit rejection of five years of policies that have failed to deliver the expected results. All parties need to stop talking about “game theory” and work together to put a feasible plan on the table.
The ceasefire agreement in Minsk over Ukraine was better than no outcome at all. But only a little better.
After all-night talks in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, the outcomes of the four-party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough nor a complete disaster. As a deal, it is not a solution, but perhaps a step towards one.
None of the proposed alternatives to UK membership of the EU would return the same level of benefits and influence, according to a new report.
Nervous reactions suggest that when German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande co-signed the Minsk agreement, they may have forgotten to include a very important text.
EU politicians are expected to agree on a compromise 2018 start date for reforms to the Emissions Trading System (ETS) to try to bridge divisions over efforts to prop up the world’s biggest carbon market, sources said on Friday (13 February).
If the world should have learned one thing from the recent months of tensions between Russia and the West, it is that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic ambition and skill should never be underestimated. It is in this light that the West should view Putin’s recent overtures to some within the European Union.
A FOCUS survey reports that 48% of Germans are in favour of Greece leaving the eurozone. 29% of respondents said they supported Greece keeping the euro, and 23% is undecided. EurActiv Germany reports.