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Europe Union dogged by disunity
The EU has not become stronger after new Parliament elections, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya considers. "This election reflects the deep crisis in the EU. It was quite difficult to elect head of the European Commission (EC). Ursula von der Leyen was nominated for EU Commission President unexpectedly. She won the elections due to the fact that the leaders of 28 EU states could not agree among themselves," the analyst said.
Brexit at the crossroads
Britain's lack of agreement with the EU is the worst option for both London and Brussels
The Brexit draft and the political declaration on future relations between the United Kingdom and the EU were appoved at the Sunday's EU summit in Brussels. On the one hand, the talks between the European Commission and London ended with the formal adoption of the agreement on Britain’s exit from the European Union. On the other hand, it is clear that the process is not completed yet, and forcibly paused not to derail the Brexit deal, RISS expert Igor Pshenichnikov said.
Migration crisis as an indicator of EU collapse
The migration crisis threatens to destroy the EU, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya considers. "We can observe some separate blocks that are united by their approaches to the migration problems and the future of the EU. The problem is that for the past two years countries have not been able to develop common criteria and migration policy that would suit everyone," she added.
Pentagon plans to ax large swathe of precious EU-protected forest for its Poland base
The US military wants to cut down a large swathe of green woodland in Poland, designated by the EU as a conservation site for rare and endangered species. The cleared area will be used to expand an existing air force base.
The US tests Europe with anti-Iran sanctions
"Washington's imposition of sanctions against Iran has become a kind of test of the EU's readiness to remain a US vassal and to perceive it as the ruler of the world," RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said. "It is unclear how the EU's response to anti-Iran sanctions will be consistent with the real policy and whether European companies will feel protection and be able to resist the pressure of the global hegemon," he also noted.
New British foreign secretary might replace Theresa May, Russian expert says
The expert also said that London would continue to implement the Global Britain concept
The EU tries to stem migrant flow
In the European Union, migration crisis points to deeper internal political problems, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya commented on the Final Declaration of the EU Summit in Brussels. “The text of the Declaration has proved to be full of general phrases. A single decision hasn’t been accepted: the Europeans agreed that it is necessary to strengthen the external borders, to allocate more money to support the Frontex system, to save refugees who may die in the Mediterranean Sea, to create special regional camps for their distribution, but all this is on an entirely voluntary basis,” she explained.
Migrant problems erode EU cohesion
Migration crisis is a real threat to EU cohesion, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya commented on the informal summit of 16 EU member states in Brussels, dedicated to this problem. “This mini-summit was focused on overcoming the contradictions between the countries on the problems of the migration flow. Some countries support a policy of solidarity and redistribution of migrants between EU member states, and some of them fear the dissolution of their own identity in a new multi-ethnic culture that has nothing to do with Christianity. In general, no one expected anything from this interim meeting, which was held on the eve of the summit on June 28-29,” the expert pointed out.
EU and US trade war has started
The European Commission introduced increased duties on some American goods in July 2018 in the amount of more than 3 billion dollars, which is the beginning of a trade war between the EU and the United States, RISS expert Vyacheslav Kholodkov said. According to him, this decision was reached in response to the introduction of increased duties on imports of steel and aluminum by the United States since June 1.