Press Review – May 02 2014 – Ukrainian military intervention launched, 10 years EU enlargement, Edward Snowden

Kiev – led “anti-terror” operation against pro-Russian separatists in east-Ukraine started. As several news outlets report (like the BBC), Ukrainian forces entered the region around the city of Sloviansk which is momentarily entirely under control by separatists. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov confirmed on Facebook press reports that the “active phase” of the operation began at 04:30 local time on May 2nd. Two Ukrainian helicopters have been confirmed shot down by separatists.  The action raises fears of a Russian intervention, as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced “consequences” should “Russian citizens” be harmed. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskow declared  the previously negotiated Geneva accords which foresaw disarming the local militia have failed. The intervention takes place while German chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama meet in Washington. Several OECD hostages are still held in the city of Sloviansk.   Map of towns in Ukraine reporting major protests by pro-Russian separatists   10 Years EU enlargement. 10 years ago, on May 1st, 2004, the European Union welcomed 10 new members within its rows. Later, Bulgaria and Romania and finally, in 2013, Croatia joined as the EU’s 28th member state. The EU Observer commented on the implications for European Foreign Policy while Bruegel, a think tank specialised on EU Affairs, shed some light on the old question if membership in the European Union is economically beneficial. As they lay out with some impressive statistics, it seems to be the case. Whistle blower Edward Snowden not coming to Germany for testimonial. The German government had to decide upon inviting Edward Snowden to Germany in order to question him on further details of the NSA spying scandal. In a report which controversially uses US legal arguments, the German government refuses inviting Mr. Snowden fearing negative political and diplomatic consequences for German-US relations. Germany has been heavily surveilled by US agencies, including the private mobile phone of chancellor Merkel.

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