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14 April 2014

Situation in Ukraine: EU Foreign Ministers should show leadership


Ministers of Foreign Affairs are debating the situation in Ukraine. The news are dire. Eastern Ukraine can become the new Crimea if we observe idly from the sidelines. The European Union has the necessary tools to exert more pressure on Russia.

Military confrontation has to be avoided at any cost. Diplomacy should take precedence. Russia so far has done nothing to constructively contribute to the de-escalation of the situation.

In this context Ministers should further enlarge the list of Russian officials that are put under visa ban and assets freeze. Only targeted sanctions against the inner circle of President Putin can have an effect. It is worthwhile to consider identifying a number of state owned companies that would face sanctions and make an assesment of the consequences the application those sanctions could have.

Most importantly, they should not punish the Russian people. The solidarity shown by the Russian activists that faced threats and intimidations during their March for Truth in Moscow is commendable. I admire their courage and I believe that these are the people that shall change Russia into a more democratic, more free and more European country.

 

I have launched a poll where you can share your position with regards to the sanctions on Russian officials.

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10 June 2014

Verhofstadt message to European leaders: Europe needs reform, not rejection
Guy Verhofstadt calls on EU leaders, especially Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Mark Rutte meeting yesterday and today in Harpsund (Sweden), to focus on a clear vision of how the EU, through its economies of scale, can be a catalyst for growth in the years ahead.

27 May 2014

Guy Verhofstadt attended the liberal prime ministers' meeting today ahead of the informal European Council

Conclusion of the meeting was that the political groups of the EPP and the PES parties lost 70 seats in the May 22-25 election.This means that ALDE will be key to the formation of a stable parliamentary majority in the European parliament.

 
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