The Greek Crisis has shown the interests of EU states on both sides of the negotiation table; last week's narrowly avoided Grexit demystifies the topic with negative implications for the stregnth of the EU as a model at home and abroad.
Russia's economic downturn hasn't been the largest surprise of 2014, but the rapid nature of the shift on the back of falling oil prices is a cause for concern. While currency collapse has been partially avoided, sanctions ensure Russian business will struggle to secure financing and investment from abroad going into 2015.
As Russia’s economy falls deeper into recession, Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly finding himself backed into a corner. Putin, known for acting unpredictably and leveraging any and all options available to Russia, has yet to play what some believe to be his trump card. Read more for a SitRep on Russian gas.