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The Ukraine crisis; n24.de

Foreign and Security Policy

1. Risks and Chances

The crises in the Middle East and North Africa (Syria, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Libya ...) as well as in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus) are threating peace, not only in Europe. - The European Union plays an important role in these conflicts. Its member states often have differing opinions - also vis-à-vis Russia and China. A common European foreign and security policy is still in its infancy. With the sanctions against Russia, the EU basically sided with the USA. But the Union does not want an armed conflict, because such a conflict could have unforeseeable consequences. 

 

In our new Europe, these conflicts should, wherever possible, be resolved democratically and peacefully with referenda, by the citizens of the countries concerned. They could thus unleash a wave of democratization across the whole region. 
 

2. Confrontation or Cooperation?

Should Europe as a global superpower pursue its own foreign and security policy? How should Europe behave towards Russia, Turkey and China, Ukraine, Belarus and in other trouble spots? - Our New Europe invites all citizens across Europe to choose between the following 3 options (questionnaire, question 9): 

  1. EU - business as usual: The EU must strengthen its foreign policy and create a European Defense Union with its own armed forces! - As long as the Ukraine crisis is not resolved and the situation in Belarus remains uncertain, the economic sanctions against Moscow (and Minsk) must be maintained and, if necessary, reinforced. Russia's annexation of Crimea is condemned. The Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey and all Balkan countries shall become members of the EU!
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  2. ConfrontationAs the United States of Europe (USE), the EU must take on a global role with a unified foreign and defense policy; member states must however keep their police forces to maintain the internal order in their country! - The Ukraine and Belarus, all Balkan countries and Turkey shall join the USE as quickly as possible! They have to be supported both economically and militarily! Europe must not make any more concessions to Russia! The Russian annexation of Crimea has to be reversed, and the territorial integrity of the Ukraine has to be guaranteed! A war against Russia may prove to be unavoidable!
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  3. Self-determination: The citizens in the Ukraine, Belarus and Crimea shall be be given the possibility to decide in referenda controlled by the UN and/or the OSCE what kind of country they want: 
  • Ukraine and Belarus: Part of Russia or the West? Or cooperation and free trade agreements both with Russia and the EU?
  • Ukraine: Decentralized confederation that will protect its minorities?
  • Crimea: Part of Russia or Ukraine?

Under these conditions, the sanctions against Russia shall be lifted.