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In search of a European identity

September 3, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU, Russia and Georgia: Round and round in circles

So, where are we after the EU’s summit on the Georgia crisis? Exactly where we were before the summit. A few vague tutting sounds in the general direction of Russia, a bit of hyperbole (Hans-Gert Pottering, who should know better, … Continue reading

August 28, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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What does Russia have to gain?

With the limiting/cutting off of the wealthy European markets for her products that any isolation / “new Cold War” would imply, her economy will end up even more screwed than it is already, further isolating the government from the people. … Continue reading

August 27, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Russia: The urban myth foreign policy approach

It seems that Russia’s new post-Cold War strategy is based on the urban myth that if you’re approached by a group of muggers you should act like a lunatic, as that’ll confuse them and make them go away. How else … Continue reading

August 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Oil and gas pipelines in the Caucasus

Over the last few days, my post linking the Georgia / Russia dispute over South Ossetia into the politics of energy supply has received a sizable amount of traffic, largely thanks to the funky pipeline maps I dug out. As … Continue reading

August 13, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU’s Caucasion lessons

So, despite the apparent truce following Moscow’s insanely over-the-top response to Georgia’s silly South Ossetian venture, it sounds like Russia’s still “peacekeeping” in Georgian territory. This is otherwise known as “invading a sovereign nation just for the hell of it”. … Continue reading

August 11, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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South Ossetia: Still simmering

So it seems that Georgia just doesn’t know when she’s beat – although quite what the real situation is there nobody seems to know, as there’s so much disinformation around. Who’s at fault here – Russia or Georgia? The answer’s … Continue reading

August 10, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Georgia: Why?

So, now that Georgia seems to have withdrawn from South Ossetia in the face of the overwhelming force of Russia’s displeasure, the question has to be asked: how on earth did they think they were going to be able to … Continue reading

August 9, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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South Ossetia: The bear strikes back

The South Ossetia crisis really is kicking off – is this going to become another Chechnya? Russia’s now apparently launching airstrikes on targets inside Georgia itself (the photo to the left being of Gori, the town where Stalin was born, … Continue reading

August 8, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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South Ossetia’s kicking off: An overview

I was going to write about this yesterday, because in these days of vastly diminished foreign news staff on national newspapers, the fact that a story about the breakaway Georgian wannabe state made the notoriously understaffed Independent yesterday should indicate … Continue reading

July 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Tories and the EU, trade talks, Russian threats

Three things that have caught my eye this morning, in ascending order of importance: 1) Following a fun article on the impact a Tory victory in the next UK general election may have on the EU in this week’s Economist, … Continue reading

April 4, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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NATO, Russia and Europe

The NATO summit is the perfect illustration of the fraught relations of Russia and the West, but it’s also just a sideshow… Continue reading

July 19, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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That UK / Russia spat: background and a conspiracy theory

Well, now that the EU has lent its collective support to the UK’s efforts, and with Gordon Brown heading off to meet Nicholas Sarkozy tomorrow (where the Russia dispute will almost certainly be raised), it’s no doubt past time to … Continue reading