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Daniel had posted several times about the effect of the Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis. This thought were formulated in our discussion following his post which drew attention to Gazprom deputy-chairman Mr Medvedev’s op-ed in the WSJ Online. That is the Russian side of the story. I wanted to flip the coin and defend the Ukrainian position.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Mr. Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom and director general of Gazprom Export has written an opinion about the gas crisis in the Wall Street Journal Online. I think this is a respectable argument on a respectable forum. Gazprom is owned by Russia, and Russia, and it can be argued that sometimes it represents non-business interests.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Ukraine and the EU

The debate on Ukraine’s possible EU and NATO entry has not really begun. It is high time. The signandsight.com has devoted some coverage to the issue with the discussion of Richard Wagner’s provocative Why Ukraine has no place in the EU. Against Martin Pollack’s criticism I think Wagner’s main is the lack of substantive European… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Central European Initiative is a loose co-operation of 18 states in the region. Given the heterogenity of the group, its summit are never spectacular, and guest lists and the not present members are almost as interesting as the statements. The 15th summit had an important guest: Abdullah Gül, the president of Turkey. The Initative… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Central European Initiative is holding its two-days summit on this weekend. The rather loose regional co-operation is not very high on the international political agenda. The first news I found in English was from the Chinese Xinhua agency. The only news they produced on the Hungarian radio is who abstained from the meeting. The… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

It had been a privilege of Russian politicians to destabilize Ukraine and Moldova. Romanian president Traian Basescu seems to be joining the club. Mr Basescu was quoted saying that should Ukraine annex some parts of Moldova, Romania should annex some parts of it, too. The Romanian leader also noted that Romania did not find it… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal