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July 29, 2014 12 Comments

More Russian sanctions – but will they hurt?

European Union ambassadors have been locked in talks this morning, taking their first formal collective look at Tier 3 economic sanctions.

Among the points of dispute still are the details of which products are covered by the ban, how long should the sanctions last, and how long until they are reviewed?

Should it be about three months or one year before the sanctions could potentially be lifted? What should trigger a relaxation of sanctions?


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July 25, 2014 7 Comments

Osborne marks GDP moment

George Osborne’s response to news that Britain has recovered all the ground lost in the recession of 2008-09 speaks volumes of a government that believes it can win the election.

July 22, 2014 6 Comments

Bildt on Ukraine and MH17: Europe woke up today

European Union foreign ministers meet with the prospect of tightening sanctions against Russia – but some still remain divided.

Flight MH17 – Putin tacks to restrain EU

European leaders will gather today for a foreign ministers’ meeting that is expected to be dominated by the issues of Russia and Ukraine. But what will actually be done?

July 21, 2014 No Comments

Russia: EU sanctions inch forward again

Don’t hold your breath for a thunderclap of judgement on Russia tomorrow at the EU foreign ministers’ gathering. You might get some tough rhetoric but you will not see a major

July 16, 2014 2 Comments

The Goves, Ken Clarke and Jean-Claude Juncker

I understand word has gone out to Mrs Gove to stop hitting the tweet button after a series of messages blurted out on Wednesday. They threatened to undermine the coordinated Gove/Cameron operation

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

Making way for ‘girlies’? Cameron’s new government

Men are still overly represented in the post-reshuffle government – but that’s not what it feels like to some grumbling Tory males around Westminster.

Cabinet reshuffle: Gove clipped, women in

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to become the new chief whip in the most wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle of David Cameron’s premiership.

Cabinet reshuffle: William Hague quits

William Hague stands down as foreign secretary and will stay in the cabinet as Leader of the Commons, Downing Street confirms.

July 14, 2014 3 Comments

Ken Clarke may be dispensable – but don’t expect him to go quietly

Kenneth Clarke’s “retirement” from in the latest reshuffle will not have been voluntary. Meanwhile, Mr Cameron is likely to honour a pledge to give women a third of government

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