European Union

Crimea Annexation
7:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

President Obama at a news conference Wednesday in Brussels.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:46 am

Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.

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European Union Protests
3:58 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Protests In Ukraine Continue Amid Deal With Russia

The Euro Revolution is still in full swing in Ukraine, sparking protests in the capitol of Kiev.
Flickr Photo/Ivan Bandura

Marcie Sillman discusses the political unrest in Ukraine with Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.

International Politics
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

What Is Happening With The Protests In Ukraine?

Protests in Ukraine sparked after the government declined an association deal with the European Union.
Flickr Photo/Ryan Anderson

Marcie Sillman talks with Steven Pifer, former ambassador to Ukraine and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the recent political demonstrations in Ukraine.

NSA Spying
2:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Diplomatic Fallout Of Spying On World Leaders

Today is the second summit day in Brussels for the European Union Council. NSA spying has been a key topic of discussion.
Flickr Photo/President of the European Council

Reports that the United States has been spying on our European allies has caused outrage in the region. According to documents leaked to The Guardian by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, the NSA has monitored the phone conversations of up to 35 world leaders.

The European Union held a council meeting yesterday and today in Brussels. The original purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economy and job growth, but that was quickly overshadowed by talk of security and trust. Allies spying on allies is nothing new, so why the anger about the revelations? Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains why this time is different and what the diplomatic fallout will be for the United States.