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19/01/2017

Naftogaz official: The EU should not worry about another gas crisis

Items by Georgi Gotev


Energy 19-01-2017

Commission insists Greece must privatise 66% of DESFA gas grid

Europe's top energy official said today (19 January) that Greek authorities should privatise a majority stake in Greek gas grid operator DESFA, after a deal collapsed last year.
UK & Europe 19-01-2017

Theresa May to attend first part of EU Malta summit on 3 February

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will attend the first part of a meeting of European Union leaders in Malta early next month, her spokeswoman said yesterday (18 January).
Global Europe 19-01-2017

Putin, Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Serbia counts on Trump over Kosovo

Serbia's president criticised the outgoing US administration yesterday (17 January), voicing hope that President-elect Donald Trump would be more favourable towards Belgrade over the thorny issue of Kosovo.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Russian activist: If Putin regains Ukraine, the Baltics are next

Vladimir Putin's strategy is to install pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine. If Europe consents, his next stop will be the Baltic countries, with NATO incapable of defending them, which will put an end to the organisation, Ilya Yashin told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

The Kremlin ‘full of enthusiasm’ to interfere in EU elections

Full of enthusiasm for Brexit and Trump's election, the Kremlin will actively interfere with this year’s elections in Europe, first and foremost in France and Germany, but also in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, an opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin told EurActiv.com yesterday (17 January).

Council of Europe calls on Slovenia to amend new migrant law

The Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, called on Slovenia's parliament to reject some legal changes affecting migrants that the government proposed earlier in January in a set of amendments.
Global Europe 17-01-2017

Author of Trump’s dirty dossier 'had UK agencies' among his clients

EXCLUSIVE/ Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy and author of the dirty dossier on President-elect Donald Trump, claimed to have carried out investigations for UK financial regulatory authorities in emails seen by EurActiv.com.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Russia angrily refutes reports of Moscow undermining Cyprus talks

Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov has reacted angrily to an article claiming that his country made efforts to spoil the Cyprus reunification deal, saying that attempts to shift the blame for the failure of talks are “both unfair and misleading”.
Global Europe 13-01-2017

Rights groups denounce Spain’s plan to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

Close ties between the royal families of Spain and Saudi Arabia could help Madrid conclude a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh, alarming human rights groups.
Global Europe 13-01-2017

Cyprus reunification talks conclude with plan to keep talking

Talks to resolve the decades-old division of Cyprus ended without agreement yesterday (12 January) but with a plan for officials to reconvene on 18 January to tackle its thorny security question, before a fresh attempt to forge a political deal.
Euro & Finance 12-01-2017

Kalfin: Brexit is an opportunity for the future EU budget

The EU budget should become more transparent or other countries will follow the UK's example. But Brexit also provides an opportunity to get rid of all rebates, which nobody can actually explain, Ivailo Kalfin, member of the Monti group on the future EU budget, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Ivailo Kalfin, is a member of …

Global Europe 12-01-2017

British spy behind Trump’s ‘kompromat’ also investigated EU's Georgieva

EXCLUSIVE / Christopher Steele, a former Russia operations officer for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency who is purported to be the author of a dossier of allegations against US President-elect Donald Trump, has also investigated former Bulgarian Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, EurActiv.com can reveal.
Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.
Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.
Energy 10-01-2017

Romania turns down emergency energy request from Bulgaria

Bulgaria has made a request for the urgent supply of electricity from neighbouring Romania. But Bucharest refused, as consumption has peaked in both countries under unusually fierce winter conditions. EurActiv.com reports, in partnership with Dnevnik.
Europe's East 10-01-2017

Belarus to allow visa-free entry for 80 countries

Belarus will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, for visits of up to five days, according to a presidential decree signed yesterday (9 January).
Elections 10-01-2017

Tajani and Pittella neck and neck in race for Parliament presidency

The rejected bid of Italy’s 5 Star Movement to join the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament has hugely reduced the chances of Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to become the next president of the EU Assembly, research shows.

Commission calls the plight of refugees on Greek islands ‘untenable’

Shocking footage has emerged showing how migrants are living in snow-covered tents with no heating on the Greek island of Lesbos. The Commission called their situation “untenable”.
Europe's East 09-01-2017

Ambassador: Azerbaijan wants a solid foundation for EU relationship

As the EU and Azerbaijan begin negotiating a “comprehensive agreement”, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, provided insight into the way his country sees the future of its relationship with the Union and its member states.

Oettinger to be quizzed on his plan to put women in leadership positions

One of the issues Günther Oettinger is expected to be quizzed on in the European Parliament today (9 January) is his plan to achieve gender balance in the European Commission, as progress achieved under his predecessor Kristalina Georgieva looks limited.
Elections 09-01-2017

Obama warns NATO allies of Russian interference in national elections

Outgoing US President Barack Obama warned European NATO allies yesterday (8 January) of an “accelerating” threat of Russian interference in their elections.
Elections 09-01-2017

Italy's 5 Star divorces UKIP, begins relationship with ALDE

Italy's maverick 5 Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5 Star founder Beppe Grillo said yesterday (8 January).
Energy 06-01-2017

Naftogaz official: The EU should not worry about another gas crisis

An official with Ukraine's Naftogaz told EurActiv.com today (6 January) that EU countries need not fear a disruption of gas supplies, despite Russian warnings that a harsh winter may trigger a crisis similar to those of 2006 and 2009.