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Who is in control of Ukraine?

http://one-europe.info/in-brief/who-is-in-control-of-ukraine

After months of peaceful #protests, accompanied by regular beatings, bombings and knifings of #journalists and protesters, the #Ukrainians finally lost patience and started a #Revolution.
This #map shows which regions of #Ukraine are controlled by the people, which ones are still under the control of the ruling "Party of Regions", and where there are currently mass protests.

What is your prognose of the Ukrainian protests? Will the revolution be successful?

More about it at http://one-europe.info/in-brief/who-is-in-control-of-ukraine
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Myths about the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement 
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excluding that stupid mask symbol, historical context is interesting
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MEPs want more concrete EU action to support eastern partners

The outcome of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit of 29 November shows that the EU must do more to support the European aspirations of its eastern partners, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They urge the December EU Council to send a strong political signal that the door to the EU is still open, despite Ukraine's failure to sign the association agreement.

The resolution says the EU must use all the tools it has, including aid, trade, visa waivers and energy-security projects in a “more strategic and flexible policy" to support its eastern partners choosing to strengthen their ties with Europe.

Parliament condemns the Russian pressure exerted on Ukraine, Armenia and other eastern partners to deter them from signing agreements with the EU, urging the EU and member states to respond. It calls on the Commission to consider counter-measures if Russia breaks World Trade Organization rules with politically motivated trade sanctions against the EU and its partners.

Ukraine – a missed opportunity
MEPs deplore the decision by Ukraine’s President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement calling it a "major missed opportunity". They underline their continued support for it, provided the necessary conditions are met, and call on the December Council to send a strong political signal that the EU remains ready to engage with Ukraine.
They express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people demonstrating peacefully against Mr Yanukovych’s decision and condemn the "brutal and unacceptable" use of force by security forces on the nights of 9, 10 and 11 December, including during the visit by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.
They demand the immediate and unconditional release of the protesters arrested and appeal for a top-level EU mediation mission to go to Ukraine.
MEPs also call for a European Parliament mission to Ukraine as soon as possible and point to the democratic possibility in any democracy to call new elections “when renewed popular legitimacy is needed”.

Armenia
The resolution regrets Armenia's decision to join the Customs Union with Russia, after more than three years of successful association talks with the EU, and urges the Armenian authorities to respect the people's right to protests against it.

Georgia and Moldova - some success
MEPs welcome the initialling of political and trade agreements with Georgia and Moldova at the Vilnius summit and hope they can be signed as soon as possible
They welcome the proposal to allow Moldovan citizens to travel to the EU's Schengen area without visas.

Azerbaijan
Parliament also voices concerns about detentions, fresh arrests of opposition activists, and harassment of independent NGOs and media.

Russia has to keep out
Parliament also "rejects very firmly" any proposal to include Russia in association arrangements between the EU and its eastern partners.

via the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine
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Visualizing the Economic Ties Between Russia, Ukraine, and Europe

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/visualizing-the-economic-ties-between-russia-ukraine-and-europe/
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EU-Russia summit (8 photos)
32nd EU-Russia summit in Brussels
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Video: Of the many books published every year, a few are truly special. We highlight a history of the great war, a biography of Margaret Thatcher, a book about Bach and two novels http://econ.st/1hQTplZ 
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