V4 divergences: symptom of a deeper crisis in Europe?
Sofia Casablanca, Analyst of Eastern Europe Studies Center
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The spread of the Ukrainian crisis has aroused strong reactions of the USA and the European Union against Russian interference in Ukrainian politics. Russia is a strategic market for Europe and the close trades and financial links have pushed the European Union in the direction of a more moderate and careful response, at first. Because of the stalemate in the dialogue between Moscow and Kiev and the threat of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine, the EU has aligned its plan sanctions against Russia with the USA one, between July and September.
On a cool summer morning, the sun rises through the bullrushes at Rusnė pier while the hum of boat motors can be heard in the distance. Some residents are still sleeping but the town's fishermen are loading their boats with fish crates and preparing to “blow off some steam” as they do every morning.
The history of Vilnius Lukiškės Square is a story shaped by Russian Tzars, Polish dictators and Lithuanian martyrs, all leaving their mark on it for better or worse down the centuries.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.