RELATIONS OF EU COUNTRIES WITH RUSSIA

  1. Austria: Austria is a non-NATO EU member state with a long tradition of neutrality throughout the Cold War. Its relations with Russia have not suffered significantly due to the situation in Ukraine. In particular, energy interests continue to shape the two countries’ relationship and remain a cornerstone of Austrian diplomacy with Russia. For this reason, Austria is sceptical about the EU sanctions regime against Russia and is less concerned than other EU member states about the threat Russia poses to European stability.

RELATIONS OF NON-EU COUNTRIES WITH RUSSIA

  1. Albania: Albania is considered to be the most Western-aligned, pro-EU of the Balkan nations. However, there have been calls to increase Russia-Albanian economic cooperation and secure Russian investment from Prime Minister Edi Rama, as well as an attempt to increase goodwill through branches of the Association of Russia-Albania Friendship. Rama has also been critical of the sanctions regime against Russia . Propaganda claiming that Albanian diasporas have territorial ambitions in neighboring countries have been used to create divides in Macedonia and elsewhere.

NICHES FOR IMPROVING RUSSIA-EU BILATERAL RELATIONS

  1. Explore areas of economic cooperation which do not violate sanctions on either side. Business communities in Russia and the EU maintain an interest in economic interaction. The EU remains the most attractive partner if Russia decides to modernize and diversify its economy – which would be in both sides’ interest and could have a stabilizing effect on the whole region in economic, political and security terms. One focus of economic engagement could be on supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Russia.

RUSSIA IS NOT A THREAT TO EUROPE

“ Russia is not a threat to Europe. Times have changed since the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was indeed Europe’s biggest threat. Today, Europe’s main threats come from elsewhere: primarily, the fear of immigration and the lack of economic recovery, especially in southern and eastern European counties. Together, these fuel citizens’ anxieties to the benefit of populist parties, who offer no effective solutions but very powerful rhetoric.

NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION 2019-2024

  1. Ursula von der Leyen (Germany), President
  2. Frans Timmermans (The Netherlands), Executive Vice President for Green Deal
  3. Margrethe Vestager (Denmark), Executive Vice President for Digital Age and Competition
  4. Valdis Dombrovskis (Latva), Executive Vice President for Economy and Social Affairs
  5. Josep Borrell (Spain), Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
  6. Dubravka Suica (Croatia), Vice President Democracy & Demography

MAKING THE CASE FOR A PRO-RUSSIA LOBBY IN THE EU

The problem Russia has today in its relationship with the European Union is that  Europeans and especially European decision-makers are not hearing Russia’s side of the argument. They instead hear a one-sided media mantra that categorically assigns Russia the role of the bad guy in international relations. If Russia wants to effectuate change in the European Union and EU foreign policy towards Russia, then it starts with having a pro-Russia lobby in the EU dedicated to that mission.

EMISSIONS GAP REPORT 2019

Source UN Environment Program (UNEP)

EUROPEAN MEDIA WRITING ABOUT RUSSIA

Source: Russia Today (First Half of 2019)

Methodology

MAIN ACTORS IN ANTI-CORRUPTION REFORM IN UKRAINE

Corruption has long been regarded as Ukraine’s major problem and the subject of much debate, both nationally and internationally. According to the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) published by Transparency International drawing on surveys of businesspeople and expert assessments, Ukraine is ranked 120 out of 180 countries. And although Ukraine’s ranking keeps improving every year, such a state of affairs is still far from being acceptable. According to numerous analytical reports and surveys, it is corruption that poses the biggest problem for both foreign and domestic businesses.

IN SEARCH OF EVIDENCE IN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Author: Dan McLaughlin, Attorney-at-Law

The U.S. Constitution gives an open-ended definition of impeachable “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” that covers a variety of abuses of official power, including conduct that is not criminal. But it also recognizes that impeachment is a political remedy, and abuse of office is the most political of all grounds for impeachment.

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