Is the EU’s United Front on Russia Finally Starting to Crack?

European Council President Donald Tusk during a media conference, Brussels, Nov. 9, 2016 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
European Council President Donald Tusk during a media conference, Brussels, Nov. 9, 2016 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).

The European Union voted Monday to renew economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea for an additional six months. Sanctions were first put in place in July 2014 and have been extended ever since. Despite token opposition among some member states, the renewal of sanctions has been relatively routine up to this point. But there are signs that Europe’s united front against Russia is beginning to crack. Germany, the U.K., Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been the strongest advocates of a hard line on Russia, while Italy, Greece, Hungary and the Czech Republic have been vocal […]

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