The EU should take a harder line on Russia's democratic deficit

In an opinion editorial in The Guardian Tony Brenton, former British ambassador to Russia, says that European leaders should follow Germany's lead and collectively tackle Russia on its governance and human rights record. It is time for the EU to find an effective common approach to Russia. This would have two strands. First, continued engagement with Russia through expanding trade and other contacts. Second, much more clarity with Russia on issues of governance and human rights is needed. A Europe firmly united in support of higher standards would be a major shot in the arm for those who are taking real risks to move Russia into the European mainstream.

Monday, November 26, 2012