South Stream, a proposed pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to southeastern Europe, threatens to undermine Europe's solidarity forged during the Ukraine crisis. Some see the pipeline as a necessary alternate supply of gas while others say it will only give Russia more leverage over European energy.
G7 leaders condemned Russia's use of energy as a weapon, and reaffirmed European efforts to secure and diversify their own supplies. Russia-Europe energy partnerships won't fade anytime soon, but the Ukraine crisis is pushing Western Europe to look inward for new energy supply while Southeast Europe charts its own course.
Protesters blocked the exits to Bulgaria's parliament Tuesday night, trapping more than 100 people inside. Police ended the standoff, but unhappiness with the government remains high.
Latvia's entry into the Eurozone will not affect exchange rates or monetary policies, Karlsson says.