Brussels blesses merger between Daimler and Russian military vehicle producer

Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Daimler AG, of Germany, and Kamaz OJSC, of Russia, a producer of trucks, but also of a large variety of armoured vehicles, some of which are in use in the Ukraine conflict.

(c) EurActiv | 26.02.2015

Gazprom puts the squeeze on Ukraine

Ukraine and Russia trade accusations, while European Commission prepares anti-trust case against Gazprom.

(c) European Voice | 26.02.2015

Cyprus praises Russia, lets in warships

The Cypriot president has, on a visit to Moscow, showcased his country’s economic dependence on Russia and the emergence of an increasing threat to EU and US unity on sanctions.

(c) EUObserver | 26.02.2015

Ukraine crisis strengthens French-German relationship

The Ukraine ceasefire talks and the latest convolutions of the Greek debt crisis have strengthened the working relationship between Angela Merkel and François Hollande. This common cause has reinforced French-German cooperation across the board. EurActiv France reports. 

(c) EurActiv | 26.02.2015

German domestic security agency finds Russia reverting to KGB measures

Russia has bolstered its espionage activities in European states during the course of the Ukraine crisis, according to findings of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). EurActiv Germany reports.

(c) EurActiv | 26.02.2015

Will EU states play ball on Energy Union?

EU policymakers have unveiled plans for an Energy Union, hailing it as the biggest energy shake-up for more than half a century. Experts told EurActiv that governance will be a sticking point. Member states will have to play ball for the project to be a success. 

(c) Euractiv | 25.02.2015  

Mogherini: 'The EU is a superpower'

The EU is a superpower with unique tools to deal with some of the world’s most dangerous crisis, according to High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

(c) EurActiv | 25.02.2015

Opinion: New South Stream will be Russia’s ‘route of friendship’

Thwarted in one attempt to build a gas pipeline to southeast Europe, the Kremlin is working with a small circle of allies to lay the groundwork for an alternative that would help it maintain leverage in its rivalry with the West, write Krisztina Than and Michael Kahn.

(c) EurActiv | 25.02.2015

Rule of law has to be applied to the European sanctions regime

Opinion: Restrictive measures, primarily assuming the form of sanctions against natural persons, are a central part of the EU’s response to Russia’s annexation in Crimea and its ongoing support for separatists in the east of Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 25.02.2015

Lithuania reintroduces conscription over perceived Russian threat

Lithuania plans to restart military conscription, which it ended in 2008, to address growing concerns about Russian assertiveness in the Baltic region, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.

(c) EurActiv | 25.02.2015