Because Kremlin sees economic and political reform as inherently risky, it bets on nationalism, patriotism and paranoia as motivating forces
Russian presidential 'elections' lack any element of suspense. By preventing the only credible opposition candidate, Alexei Navalny, from standing, Vladimir Putin won a fourth term with more than 75% of the votes cast, 11% higher than in the 2012 election. Turnout was also higher than last time, thanks at least in part to blatant ballot stuffing.
Antonio Tajani, Jean-Claude Juncker, Boyko Borissov
Twenty-five years ago, our Single Market was created, and across the EU many barriers were lifted. People embraced new freedoms and opportunities, and today Europeans travel freely, study, work, live and fall in love across borders. European citizens can buy what they want, where they want, and benefit from greater choice and lower prices.