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Guest blog post by Andrii Lavreniuk, Brussels based Ukrainian journalist. For two years Putin’s Russia has been terrorising the entire civilised world. The occupation of Ukrainian Crimea and military aggression in eastern Ukraine became the first stages of a hybrid, undeclared war unleashed by the Kremlin regime. Russia cynically and insidiously destroyed the security of… » read more

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Guest blog post by Fuad Shahbazov. Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP), which is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor envisages the transportation of Azerbaijani natural gas (10 billion cubic metres) to the southern part of Europe, mainly to Italy. Thus, the European Union aims to diversify the energy resources in Europe and expels Russia’s energy giant… » read more

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Guest blog post by Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of European Union Law at Ghent University. When he started his term in office about a year ago, European Commission President Juncker expressed a general feeling of ‘enlargement fatigue’. The message was clear: no major progress was to be expected in the process of EU enlargement in… » read more

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Guest blog post by Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of European Union Law at Ghent University. On 18 May 2015, the European Commission, Russia and Ukraine held their third trilateral meeting at ministerial level to discuss the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, more precisely on the establishment of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area… » read more

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Guest Blog post by Emma Hughes, External Energy Policy Officer, Platform and Elena Gerebizza, Energy and Climate Campaigner, Counter Balance When it comes to securing energy supply, human rights principles are easily set aside it seems as EU leaders will be attending the signing ceremony of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Azerbaijan tomorrow. Citizens of… » read more

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By Nienke van Leeuwaarden I recently read the book “EU Accession Negotiations (A Handbook)” written by Prof. Vasile Puscas. The material – well structured, accessible and clear – provides a comprehensive overview of EU accession negotiations, combining theory with practical experience. The main aim of the book could be considered to make the know-how regarding… » read more

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Guest post by Senka Neuman Stanivukovi?, researcher at the University of Groningen. As a part of novelized Enlargement strategy, the Commission has released a set of short videos to communicate the EU’s widening eastwards to the citizens. I suggest that the campaign not only prejudices against the Eastern members and to-be-members by portraying these as… » read more

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Guest Post by Fitch F. Rich, Croatian Blogger The results of the referendum are clear – Croatia has chosen Europe! Two thirds of Croatian voters voted ‘YES’ in today’s referendum on country’s EU accession. Exactly 22 years after that historical day when Croatian delegation left the congress of the Yugoslav League of Communists in Sava… » read more

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Guest Post by Alexander Misharin, Governor of the Ekaterinburg region For Russia’s regions and citizens last month’s EU-Russia summit has cleared away a lot of the obstacles that made building closer ties with Europe a challenging undertaking. Europe’s support for Russia’s WTO membership will strengthen trade, the reform of the visa requirements will make it… » read more

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