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    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The political crisis that consumed Ukraine for the past two months is showing signs of positive developments. President Viktor Yanukovich is beginning to meet some of the demands of the demonstrators, but the opposition is still demanding early presidential elections. What are the latest developments in Ukraine, and why did … More

    Lack of American Leadership Leaves Ukraine out in the Cold

    Protests and unrest continue to grip Ukraine as citizens voice their strong opposition to policies pursued by President Viktor Yanukovych. These policies have drawn the nation of 45 million closer with the Russian Federation while simultaneously stifling democracy and economic freedom within the country. As Americans read and watch scenes … More

    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The brutal dispersal of demonstrators in Ukraine last week led to dozens wounded—and a public protest movement which now surpasses the Orange Revolution of 2004. Demonstrators want Ukraine in Europe—and President Victor Yanukovich out of power. Ariel Cohen, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, gives some perspective … More

    U.S. Military Faces Huge Cuts in Europe

    General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), has acknowledged that his funding will shrink by 20 percent due to cuts to the Department of Defense (DOD). This comes on the heels of the Obama Administration removing two Army Brigade Combat Teams from … More

    European Central Bank Lowers Interest Rates, Trumping "Zero Lower Bound" Theory

    The European Central Bank (ECB) lowered a key interest rate to 0.25 percent on Thursday. This is a big deal, since it demonstrates that the ECB has the ability and the will to stabilize euro inflation, which has fallen below the ECB’s target and become a drag on real growth. … More

    NATO: Is America AWOL?

    NATO will conduct one of its largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, but the U.S. is planning to send only a token contribution. This poor commitment will not go unnoticed by American allies in Eastern Europe. Exercise Steadfast Jazz will take place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, … More

    Russia Should Drop “You Are with Us or Against Us” Mantra

    Recently, several of Russia’s “younger siblings,” such as Ukraine and Moldova, finally got a chance to partially break from the Russian bear hug and opt for a closer integration with the West. They are members of the Eastern Partnership with the European Union, a close cooperation program with the EU, … More

    Look Closer: Tax Increases, Not Spending Cuts, Are the Harmful Austerity

    Proponents of government spending want to use the recent history of Europe as evidence that spending cuts are harmful, but their arguments lose traction when one looks closely at the data. One example comes from Paul Krugman, who used the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Monitor data to argue that “austerity … More

    Iceland Charts a Course Away from the EU

    In September, Iceland decided to officially suspend accession talks with the European Union. The decision indicates that the island nation will likely seek to chart a course for itself outside the EU. While Iceland remains an official candidate for EU membership, the suspension of accession talks demonstrates a new way … More

    Rapid Response Force Relies on Permanent U.S. Base in Europe

    The U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (BCT) recently established an Army Contingency Response Force—a rapidly deployable company-size unit—to respond to crises in Europe and Northern Africa within a day. Military leadership created this unit “in response to a requirement from the Department of the Army to make sure … More