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Rule of law has to be applied to EU sanctions

'It is possible for those sanctioned to take their case to the ECJ, but the court is overloaded and sometimes takes years to rule' (Photo: Cedric Puisney) By PAULO CASACA BRUSSELS, 25. FEB, 11:32 Restrictive measures, primarily assuming the form of sanctions against natural persons, are a central part of the EU’s response to Russia’s annexation in Crimea and its ongoing support for separatists in the east of Ukraine. The list of individuals identified as having played a significant or even peripheral role in the destabilisation of Ukraine was first created a year ago and has since expanded considerably. Sanctions typically result in freezing an individual’s assets and a ban on entering the EU. They can be a valuable lever against specified natural and...

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