Cross-border crime and corruption in Europe: what next after the Stockholm Programme?

20 January 2014 Building on the Stockholm Programme will require an honest look at the added value of the EU in combating cross-border crime and corruption. As some aspects of the Stockholm Programme have been implemented, it is clear that what is not needed is further legislation. Rather, it behoves EU and national authorities to concentrate on the consolidation and implementation of what has already been decided. 
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Op-eds/Guest contributions

Ten ways the Ukraine crisis may change the world
Guest contribution by Paul Taylor. As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia's annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes and policy around the world.
In Central African Republic, European Defence Stutters
Op-ed by Shada Islam and John Pollock. With the European Union focused on the crisis in Ukraine, plans to deploy an EU military force to help end ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) are looking decidedly uncertain.


Following a botched and bloody attempt to suppress anti-government protests, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was deposed and fled to Russia.

Russian troops in unmarked uniforms have occupied the Crimea and have surrounded Ukrainian installations across the peninsula. Amid unrest in the east of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said further use of force was a ‘last resort’.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on senior Ukrainian officials deemed responsible for the on-going violence in Kiev. Recent days have been the bloodiest in Ukraine’s post-independence history.