"Despite all its internal problems, the union [EU] has inspired millions of Ukrainians with its model of governance based on democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and a market economy. This vision has fuelled the protests. If the EU now fails to respond in an effective and decisive manner, its international credibility and soft power will take a further hit. It is a struggle that neither the EU nor Ukraine can afford to lose," writes Orysia Lutsevych in the Financial Times.
"The protests in the Maidan, we are told again and again by Russian propaganda and by the Kremlin's friends in Ukraine, mean the return of National Socialism to Europe. The Russian foreign minister, in Munich, lectured the Germans about their support of people who salute Hitler. The Russian media continually make the claim that the Ukrainians who protest are Nazis … Yet it is the Ukrainian regime rather than its opponents that resorts to anti-Semitism, instructing its riot police that the opposition is led by Jews. In other words, the Ukrainian government is telling itself that its opponents are Jews and us that its opponents are Nazis," writes Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books.
Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor May Challenge Suspension
Nigeria's widely respected central bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, said his suspension on grounds of financial recklessness by President Goodluck Jonathan may not be legal without consent of the senate, and that he may challenge the decision (al-Jazeera).
CFR's John Campbell explains the context and implications of Sanusi's suspension in this blog post.