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View from Budapest: The status quo might just do (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Vegh - 14 October 2016

Hungary will certainly oppose additional sanctions, but it is unlikely to veto a prolongation.

View from The Hague: An eternal balancing act (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 14 October 2016

Prime Minister Rutte, needing as much EU support as he can, will be firm on the status quo and extremely careful with everything else.

View from Stockholm: Not the time for frailty (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 14 October 2016

Given Russia’s multiple moves to up the ante in recent weeks, Stockholm sees no reason for the EU to change direction.

View from Sofia: In the shadow of elections (Commentary)

Denica Yotova - 14 October 2016

Bulgaria's Russia policy could go in any direction after 6 November.

View from Madrid: The many-faced Janus (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 14 October 2016

Spain is inclined towards conditional accommodation with Russia but tends to refrain from open overtures towards Moscow.

View from Rome: Reflection before renewal (Commentary)

Silvia Francescon - 14 October 2016

Italy sees the European Council as a forum for policy and political discussion, where measures should be debated instead of simply adopted. 

View from Paris: The Syrian prism (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 14 October 2016

'Selective engagement' echoes perfectly France's preferred approach to Russia.

View from Berlin: Keeping Europe's cool (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 14 October 2016

Merkel does not want an escalation of Russia-bashing out of fear, as it would only reward the Kremlin’s scaremongering. 

View from Madrid: A golden opportunity clouded by domestic turbulence (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 15 September 2016

The vacuum created by Brexit could be the perfect opportunity for Spain to step up - if only it could form a government.

View from Paris: Security, prosperity and confidence (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 15 September 2016

Concrete progress on central challenges are the way to respond to the crisis in Europe.