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Jelena Milić, CEAS Director, foreword for the fifth issue of the CEAS electronic quarterly The New Century

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“Traveling towards the EU is like buying a ticket for the Titanic. On the other hand, one cannot join the EU without joining NATO. NATO is the key for joining the EU. For now it is like this. You cannot be pregnant a little. If you are pregnant, then you are pregnant. This is not written anywhere in public documents, but it is how it happens in practice. And the opinion of some politicians that you can join the EU without joining NATO is very much naïve. Just look at the absurd that we reach. Serbia which has been linked to Russia for thousands of year, and we never went to war against each other, never found ourselves in opposing camps, might now find ourselves in completely opposing camps. I believe that every responsible politician must understand that joining NATO is not a simple move and that he will be held responsible for it before God. Our common history and life is all God-given. We are one orthodox brotherhood. We cannot betray that orthodox brotherhood and have them bring us to pieces. There are two US bases in Bulgaria now. And in line with the rules of the Army Chief of Staff, our rockets are aimed at those bases. Just in case.”

Leonid Reshetnikov, Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISI)

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European defence – to be continued

Antonio Missiroli, European Union Institute for Security Studies, December 2013

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Fifteen years after the Franco-British St Malo Declaration, ten after the release of the European Security Strategy, and five after the review of its implementation and the last discussion on defence matters among the EU heads of state and govern-ment, the European Council has just brought to a (preliminary) conclusion a policy debate that was long overdue.

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Obama panel recommends NSA overhaul

Deutsche Welle, 18.12.2013.

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A panel set up by US President Barack Obama to examine the vast surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has recommended an overhaul. It includes new criteria for surveillance of foreign leaders.

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Gas Politics After Ukraine

Foreign Affairs, 17.12.2013.

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In the wake of the European Union’s failure to conclude an association agreement with Ukraine, one could be forgiven for thinking that it is losing its touch in the former Soviet Union. It isn’t. This week, EU leaders signed a deal with Azerbaijan to build a pipeline for importing gas from Azerbaijan into Europe.

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NSA ruling fallout hits White House

Politico, 16.12.2013.

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In legal terms, a federal judge’s decision Monday questioning the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s massive call-tracking program seems almost certain to have no practical significance.

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