Putin approves draft bill for Russia to annex Crimea

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea following a referendum in the peninsula that overwhelmingly supported seceding from Ukraine. In an address to a joint session of Russia’s parliamentary houses scheduled for 11am GMT today, Putin will deliver his position on the hugely contentious Crimean question. His is expected to…

European Commission MEMO: EU – Swiss relations

The popular vote in Switzerland of 9 February 2014 in favour of an introduction of annual quantitative limits to “immigration“ (this includes cross-border commuters, asylum seekers, job seekers from the EU and third countries) calls into question the EU-Swiss agreement on the free movement of persons. Here you can see the European Commission Memo about…