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The relations between the European Union and Russia constantly evolve and they are mainly based on the lack of a new special agreement, but instead, since 2009, it has been worked upon a Partnership for Modernisation - both technical and political. In the framework of this dialogue is also achieving a visa-free travel for European and Russian citizens. In the past years the economic relations between the two sides have grown significantly, as Russia is till holding the third place of a most important partner of the EU, after the US and China. The EU exports goods worth 87bn euro for Russia, which is 6.4% of all the exports of the Union, and imports 158bn euro in goods, according to 2010 data, which is 10.5% of all the imports.

This makes the EU the biggest market for Russian goods. Russia mainly exports for Europe energy raw materials. Of its entire oil exports 88% go for the EU, 70% of the natural gas and 50% of the foal exports. It is the energy dependence of the EU, especially of some of its member states, from Russia, that is a reason for constant tensions, both inside the Union itself and in its relations with Moscow. Foreign policy is also often a reason for clashes between the two sides. In this subject euinside follows mainly the EU-Russia summits, and in broader perspective the development of Russia itself. The energy issue is broadly developed in another subject.

31 October 2016 14:43 When Sanctions Are More Appalling than the Atrocities of Aleppo

The war in Syria starts reminding more and more of the post-war situation at the beginning of the 20th century when the half-destroyed world matured to the need of global institutions, which could prevent armed conflicts through dialogue between warring parties and could take care of respectin ...

28 July 2016 11:31 Brexit, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin and his close associates in Moscow may be the one party most encouraged by the British decision to leave the European Union. Mr Putin also must be overjoyed by the irresponsible political campaign statements by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President of the United State ...

18 June 2016 10:31 Russian Hybrid War Reaches Zagreb

Russia believes there are trade and sanction wars led against it. This became clear from an article [in Croatian language] by the Russian ambassador to Croatia, Anvar Azimov, published by one of the most circulating newspapers in Croatia Vecernji list. According to Mr Azimov, all over ...

9 June 2016 09:03 President Plevneliev: Crimea Is Europe

Russia, the eurosceptics, and EU integration were the main topics in Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev’s speech to the European Parliament. The largest focus in it was on Russia and its destabilising role to the EU. Not a lesser destructive factor in his opinion is the British referendu ...

12 June 2015 14:50 Bulgaria Finally Understood that Dependence on Russia Is Bad

Sofia seems to have finally understood that its dependence on Russia is not a viable development model and that Russia's aggression in Ukraine is a direct threat to the country's security. This is the conclusion in the article of Polish freelance journalist and analyst Dariusz Kalan, published o ...

20 October 2016 09:57 EU Is Strong in Words, Weak in Action, Jumping from One Crisis into the Next

It is for the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Syria that the EU uses extremely powerful language in an official document. Word is of the foreign ministers’ conclusions from Monday, which include clear accusations towards the Bashar al-Assad regime, but towards R ...

12 July 2016 14:08 Ukraine Ambassador to Bulgaria: Russia Hates European Values

Ukraine needs a strong and unified European Union, which is capable to counteract Russian aggression and keep guaranteeing international law. To Ukraine the EU remains an attractive project, including regarding fighting corruption, but challenges, faced by the Union and thus by Ukraine, remain c ...

10 June 2016 09:53 Now Bulgarians Need to Unite behind the President's Speech

The speech of President Rosen Plevneliev to the European Parliament on June 8 was much needed. We needed a high-ranking politician telling us clearly where he sees Bulgaria placed in today’s complex geopolitical situation. I have been asked many times in Brussels why is there no informatio ...

12 June 2015 15:43 Dialogue with Russia Seems Civilisationally Impossible

Since the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of the Crimea the Russian government has been trying to redirect the attention of Russian, and international public for that matter, to World War II. Instead of finally beginning a debate about the crimes perpetrated by the Soviet regime but a ...

12 February 2015 10:13 EU Will Be Cautious With a New Minsk Agreement

If there is a peace agreement in Minsk today then the discussion on Ukraine and Russia later in the day between the leaders of the 28 EU member states will be an easy one. But if the peace talks fail, it is possible this to prolong the summit significantly, said a well placed EU source. The dete ...

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Adelina Marini
#EUCO EU leaders are gathering today in Brussels for an informal summit to discuss the two most toxic issues on the agenda at the moment - the composition of the European Parliament and how to elect the next European Commission president, and budget 2021-2027. Stay tuned for live updates
23 February 2018 09:05
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Spitzenkandidaten Angela Merkel says that it depends what majorities and coalitions will be formed in the next European Parliament
23 February 2018 20:14
Adelina Marini
Soon will begin the first debate in the economic committee of the EP w/ #Eurogroup's new President Mario Centeno (Portugal). Stay tuned for live updates
21 February 2018 09:02
Adelina Marini #Centeno: For the first time #Portugal started to converge with the eurozone in 2017
21 February 2018 10:39
Adelina Marini
Today is a #Eurogroup day. The euro area finance ministers will meet in their usual format and in an expanded format. In the usual format they will discuss the #Greece bailout, the establishment of a European Monetary Fund and the nominations for Vice President of the ECB to replace outgoing Vitor Constancio. In the expanded format, which includes non-euro area countries, the completion of the banking union is on the agenda. Stay tuned for details
19 February 2018 14:25
Adelina Marini To sum up today's #Eurogroup. The main issue was the controversy around the election of Spain's FinMin Luis De Guindos as ECB VP. Second issue was whether there was a big drama between ECB chief Mario Draghi and #Greece FinMin Euclid Tsakalotos. No news regarding the subjects on the agenda - Greece, Ireland, EMU, banking union
19 February 2018 20:29

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