Ukrainian political elites have repeatedly tried to fob off their failures onto Moscow and the West, while extorting maximal support from both. The West must make any cash handouts conditional on meeting protesters' demands for democratic reforms.
The EU froze trade and visa talks with the Kremlin over Russia's intervention in Ukrainian Crimea. But whether further sanctions are implemented depends on Germany.
Russia has a track record of using its natural gas supplies as a political weapon, Cunningham writes, but this time around the EU appears to be in better shape.
One of Europe's most comprehensive welfare states is trying to build a 'participation society' – asking people to do more to help each other before turning to the government for aid.
Famers under age 35 make up only seven percent of all EU agricultural producers, but demonstrate 40 percent more economic potential, according to recent reports. A council of young farmers is seeking to change that.
Russia's aggression in Ukraine has shocked the European Union's idealistic experiment in using mutual dependency as a means of peace. Now the EU must reaffirm those ideals by challenging Putin.