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Guest blogpost by Daniele Brunetto. After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is compared to other factors: the answer is “it depends”, and the EU should seriously evaluate all the influencing factors before imposing sanctions – scaling back when needed. On 29… » read more

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While the western world is proud of its exhausted peace doves Merkel and Hollande, Kiev is facing an incredibly difficult task. The only winner of the Minsk-talks last week is Putin; he finally pushed back the EU and NATO from his borders, writes Coen van de Ven. Coen van de Ven is a Dutch journalist… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Arif Shala, doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and executive director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies in Prishtine, Kosovo. How does a country pave its way towards economic growth and prosperity? Why is it that some countries simply never seem to be able to overcome their… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Simonas Klimanskis, Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius. The European Union (EU) signed Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and the Free trade Agreement, which is an essential part of the Association Agreement, with Ukraine on 27 June. If these countries were previously able to balance between the East and the West, they… » read more

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Guest post by Arif Shala, doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and executive director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies in Prishtine, Kosovo. How does a country pave its way towards economic growth and prosperity? Why is it that some countries simply never seem to be able to overcome their… » read more

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Guest blog post, sent in by Stive Griffing. At the present time Ukraine is in the world limelight. The specific character of the present situation is that the country happened to be at a crossroads of external economic and political vectors. Decision making concerning the line of further development by the country occupying exceeding territory… » read more

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By Yevhen Magda The Guido Westerwelle’s visit to Kyiv showed that the issue of signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA) remains on the bilateral relations agenda. The destiny of Yulia Tymoshenko remains a sticking point. The Chief of German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has showed a high rate of efficiency in Kyiv meeting the key… » read more

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By Pauline GESSANT, President of JEF-Europe On 18 March 2013, on the occasion of the 7th unfortunate anniversary of Lukashenka’s condemned election victory, we, representatives of European youth, denounce the persisting human rights violation in Belarus. The last presidential elections on 19th of December 2010 ended in mass detentions of protesters, with leaders of opposition… » read more

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By Evgeny Kuivashev, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region, Russia Few analysts would argue that the current economic crisis requires greater investment in regions and cities. Moreover, regional development policies can contribute to national performance, not only interms of economic growth, but also as part of a broader development agenda. Given that by 2030,every 6 out of… » read more

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