The EU pledged $6.7 billion to Egypt to help along its democratic transition, but it was conditional on reforms that have largely not happened.
With energy as its motor and the EU as its guide, Ukraine appears to finally be poised to break with a history of domination from the East, Belinksi writes.
The EU allowed the arms embargo to expire in June, but said it would not take action until August. That day is here.
Some hope the EU could play a major role in curbing the growing violence in Egypt, as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood demands his reinstatement.