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Blog Profile / Gavin Hewitt's Europe

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Archived Since:February 21, 2011

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Europe moves softly softly on Ukraine

Since the last European summit - when Europe's leaders warned Russia of further sanctions if there was no de-escalation of the crisis - events have moved fast on the ground. Pro-Russian militias, most of them armed, have seized buildings...Show More Summary

Ukraine crisis: Big test for Europe

For Europe these spring days may prove to be a defining moment. Its protests over Russian action in Ukraine have gone unheeded. Its pleas have been disregarded. In recent weeks its hand in the crisis has only weakened. Europe's foreign ministers meet on Monday in Luxembourg. Show More Summary

The Greek experiment

Greece remains Europe's laboratory; an economic experiment. In the past week the country's minister for European Affairs, Dimitris Kourkoulas, was quoted as saying: "We have lost 25% of our GDP since 2008... we have been in seven consecutive years of recession. Show More Summary

Obama spells out Russia strategy

In a keynote speech to 2,000 people in a Brussels concert hall, President Obama set out his strategy for dealing with Russia over Ukraine. He characterised the crisis as a contrast in ideas and beliefs between the West and Russia. He...Show More Summary

Ukraine crisis: The weakness of Europe

In both Washington and Moscow I suspect officials are asking the same question of Europe: "How strong is its resolve when it comes to Ukraine?" This week brought a reminder that Europe's economies are still struggling to emerge fromShow More Summary

Russia faces fresh Crimea sanctions

Over dinner Europe's leaders will discuss their next moves. A few more Russian names may be added to the sanctions hat. That is the easy part. The names are already drawn up. The question is whether, this time, they will go after people closer to President Putin. That is less certain.

Can EU reach consensus on Russia?

European Union leaders will arrive for their spring summit on Thursday facing a crisis that only recently they could scarcely have imagined. For more than 20 years they welcomed Russia into the international community. The Cold War had vanished apart from occasional appearances in spy movies. Show More Summary

Early rounds fired in sanctions war

All sanctions are intended to persuade, to change minds and to raise the cost of courses of action. President Putin and his close circle will on Monday have been watching Brussels and Washington, trying to decipher their determination...Show More Summary

'Independent' Crimea in Russia bid

The EU going forward will have to review whether it is too dependent on Russia for energy. Whether EU officials realised it or not they have got drawn into a much bigger and more dangerous game than pressing for enlargement. So, this week the challenge for the EU must be to show resolve and unity. Show More Summary

Ukraine: Europe’s major test

The week ahead will test Europe's resolve and its ability to act over Ukraine. One senior official in Brussels said: "It is going to be a major test of European unity post-Cold War." The EU has warned Russia of "consequences" if it does not engage in serious dialogue and pull back its forces. Show More Summary

Europe's leaders respond to Russia

Events have stripped Europe's leaders of their illusions. They are gathering in Brussels for an emergency summit on Ukraine in a sombre mood. The heady rhetoric of European officials declaring "the future of Ukraine belongs with the EU" has long been discarded. Show More Summary

Ukraine: how will the West respond?

I had been absent from Kiev for less than three days. The lightness, the hint of a Kiev spring, the sudden smiles of a week before were already waning. Now the mood is much darker; there is defiance and rage against Moscow and Putin. Just seven days earlier some had dared to speak of "victory"; now the talk is of war. Show More Summary

Dangerous days ahead for Ukraine

On Tuesday the crowds were still filing into Kiev's Independence Square and the surrounding streets where most of the killings took place. Many of them carried flowers to place at the scores of shrines. They were a quiet, serious, absorbed crowd. Show More Summary

Italians keen to gamble on unelected Matteo Renzi

Italy is about to gamble. It is placing its bet on youth, on style, on energy. And on the unknown. Almost certainly, Matteo Renzi will be sworn in as prime minister in the next 48 hours. He is 39 years old, which will make him the youngest Italian prime minister since the war. Show More Summary

Swiss lessons for Brussels

It is often said that the Swiss are different. They enjoy most of the benefits of the European Union but are not in it. They believe in direct democracy, in consulting the people, in a way that most other European nations would shy away from. And now the Swiss voters have defied Brussels and their own government. Show More Summary

Merkel condemns US over EU insult

The conversation between Ms Nuland and Mr Pyatt reveals deeper tensions between America and Europe. Washington seems to prefer a deal brokered by the UN rather than Brussels. If true, that would bruise the feelings of EU officials. They...Show More Summary

When Ukraine divides old allies

The stand-off in Ukraine is creating new tensions. The country of 46 million people finds itself in the middle, with Russia pulling from one side and the EU from the other. Some of the language being tossed between Moscow and Washington...Show More Summary

Britain-France ties: How cordial is the entente?

On Friday David Cameron will squire Francois Hollande around the Oxfordshire countryside, hoping that the bracing air of the Cotswolds will soothe away the tensions. This will be the first Anglo-French summit involving these two leaders. There is always a good deal of theatre to British-French relations. Show More Summary

Whatever happened to the eurozone crisis?

To many people the eurozone crisis has disappeared. It is off the front pages. It has certainly left the TV screens. I have heard prime ministers and presidents declare the crisis "over". The Anglo-Saxon jeremiads have been proved wrong. Show More Summary

Climate change and EU energy challenges

This week sees one of the EU's big announcements. On Wednesday it will set out its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and for increasing the use of renewables like solar panels and wind power. It is a major moment because the EU has long regarded itself as the leader when it comes to addressing climate change. Show More Summary

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