What’s next for EU sanctions? How hard will be Russia hit?

According to EU proposal regarding sanctions against Russia new measure will “prohibit any EU persons from investing in debt, equity and similar financial instruments with a maturity higher than 90 days, issued by state-owned Russian financial institutions…anywhere in the world.” Is this a step that could hit Russia hard, or not and why? Read few comments.

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Juncker: I wanna make Europe better. What this could mean?

Jean-Claude Juncker was confirmed as next President of European Commission. Read few comments?

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Less strict budgetary rules in the EU?

As Merkel signaled readiness to give EU states more flexibility within current budget rules , would you say there is a room for leeway on budgets or not, and why? Read few comments.

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EU: Energy union in making?

It seems that a much deeper integration of the EU energy policy could be on the table. Read few comments.

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10th anniversary of the biggest EU enlargement: Are we better off?

On May 1, 2004 Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia have joined the European Union. Would you say that the EU is better off with 10 (plus 3) new countries or if we look back maybe the enlargement process was a bit too fast for everybody? Read few comments.

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Tougher sanctions against Russia?

The sanctions against Russia are sort of a mixed bag. G7 just expressed its support for targeted sanctions against Russia, but the US and EU would move out on their own.  And according to NY TimeEuropean firms seek to minimize Russia sanctions. So would you say that the West will move towards real tougher sanctions against Russia or maybe not so much, and why? Read few comments.

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Obama: The US is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth

Would you agree with Obama or not, and why? And BTW, in your opinion, what is the biggest challenge for the US for the 21st century at this moment?

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EU loses AAA rating from S&P. Is it justified?

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Banking union deal is facing criticism

Martin Schulz: European Parliament cannot accept the single resolution mechanism SRM for failing banks as agreed by ECOFIN. Michel Barnier: When I compare it with my original proposal I have regrets.

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EU in Southeast Asia: An alternative to other powers?

Vice-president of the European Commission Antonio Tajani visits Vietnam, Burma and Thailand on his Mission for Growth.

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