In an increasingly troubled time for the European Union, Sir Menzies Campbell, Stuart Wheeler, Mark Leonard, Prof Maurice Fraser, Dr Sara Hagemann and John Peet discuss the upcoming European parliamentary elections, and how their outcome will affect the EU and Britain's role in it.
Putin’s return: why Europe should prepare for a weaker Putin
On Sunday 4th March Russians will chose their next president. Although Vladimir Putin is certain to win, it will be a hollow victory and his next presidency will be weaker than before. After the ‘phantom presidency’ of Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin will find himself president of a changed Russia. Central authority is weaker, the economy is faltering and the restless middle classes are confident enough to protest against the government.
'The end of the Putin consensus' by Ben Judah and Andrew Wilson argues that:
With a re-elected President Putin under increasing pressure at home the European Union should expect Russia to be more withdrawn and less co-operative in foreign policy, in areas from the Middle East to frozen conflicts. Moscow’s obstructive Syria policy has been presented domestically as ‘standing up to the West’.
The authors argue the EU should:
Marta Dassù on ECFR trip to Moscow and on how Russia sees the Ukrainian crisis
Stefan Meister on the escalation in Eastern Ukraine
Josef Janning on separatist tendencies in Europe
Stefan Meister on the EU's hesitant stance on sanctions