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WSJ: Ukraine Exposes EU Policy Disarray

Authors: Stephen Fidler, Laurence Norman, and Bertrand Benoit
February 21, 2014

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"The deadly violence that exploded this week in Ukraine has another victim: Europe's foreign-policy credibility.

A few months ago Ukraine looked on course to be drawn into the Western orbit through a wide-ranging trade-and-aid agreement with the European Union. Today, Ukraine is advertising Europe's helplessness to influence events even in countries close to its borders."

The deadly violence that exploded this week in Ukraine has another victim: Europe's foreign-policy credibility.

A few months ago Ukraine looked on course to be drawn into the Western orbit through a wide-ranging trade-and-aid agreement with the European Union. Today, Ukraine is advertising Europe's helplessness to influence events even in countries close to its borders.

The deaths in Kiev blindsided European policy makers, many of whom had been celebrating an apparent de-escalation of tensions in Kiev over the weekend. The mayhem that erupted soon after spurred hurried EU efforts to pull together an agreement on sanctions. But those efforts served to emphasize European policy failure rather than a new assertiveness.

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