The EU is spending millions of euro on political propaganda as mistrust among its citizens has grown, said Robert Oulds, chair of the Euroskeptic Bruges Group think tank. Many people see the EU as encumbrance in terms of their economic and democratic lives, he added.
Regimes may come and go, but government debt lasts forever - unless there is a default. However, Ukraine's debt does not belong to the Ukrainian people, says Jeffrey Albert Tucker from the Foundation for Economic Education.
Western sanctions against Russia will backfire, because Russia is moving towards the BRIC countries and new institutions such as the New Development Bank, said Folker Hellmeyer, chief economist at Bremer Landesbank.
European countries should be less beholden to military blocks and the US when considering issues concerning their own national interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Swiss RTS TV channel. Putin also talked FIFA scandal and Islamic terrorism.
As the UK is pushing the US case in foreign policy and extreme neoliberal economic policies throughout the EU, the impact of a British withdrawal from the union would be positive for the rest of the Europe, says journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark.