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Towards sanctions

  • There were reports that EU ambassadors met in an emergency session yesterday to discuss the scope for the next round of sanctions – EU foreign ministers meet today;
  • the German economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, also supports sanctions, and says that Germany’s economic interests were not the most important issue;
  • various leading CDU figures expressed concern that the EU has been too slow in reacting to Vladimir Putin, and expressed outrage at a recent French sale of Mistral helicopters to Russia;
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine notes that Russians fear sanctions more than we think that they are likely to happen;
  • Wolfgang Munchau says Gerhard Schroder should resign from his plum job, and says Germany should reorient its strategic thrust in industrial policy away from Russia;
  • Clifford G. Gaddy and Barry W. Ickes say sanction will hurt the Russians economically, but will not alter Putin’s policies;

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