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31/05/2016

Council of Europe worried about Belgian prisons crisis

Items by Georgi Gotev


Development Policy 31-05-2016

Chad's ex-leader Habre gets life sentence for atrocities

Former Chad president Hissène Habré, an ally of the West during the Cold War, was convicted yesterday (30 May) of war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the killing and torture of thousands of political opponents during his eight-year rule.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

EU to label Russia a 'strategic challenge'

Until the illegal annexation of Crimea, the European Union had labelled Russia its "strategic partner". But in the new EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, which is expected to be unveiled at the end of June, the bloc will label Russia its “strategic challenge”, a diplomat said yesterday (30 May).
Global Europe 30-05-2016

Schinas: Juncker’s visit to Russia doesn’t undermine EU sanctions policy

A visit to Russia next month by the head of the European Union's executive branch, Jean-Claude Juncker, is not inconsistent with the bloc's sanctions policy towards Moscow over its role in the conflict in Ukraine, a spokesman said today (30 May).
Energy 26-05-2016

Cyprus will develop offshore gas irrespective of reunification

Cyprus will continue its project of developing offshore gas, keeping this dossier “completely separate” from the negotiations for the reunification of the island, the Cypriot Minister of Energy, Yorgos Lakkotrypis, said today (26 May).
Energy 26-05-2016

Romanian refinery business airs ‘geopolitical’ fears

The head of the Romanian company supplying crude oil to the country's refineries has warned of a ‘geopolitical situation’ that may block the Black Sea and dry up the sector, unless the EU helps build pipelines to bring crude oil from the Italian port of Trieste.
Europe's East 26-05-2016

Release of jailed journalist signals improvement of Azerbaijan-EU relations

Azerbaijan yesterday (25 May) released jailed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was convicted of corruption charges last year, prompting reactions welcoming the country’s move toward press freedom and rule of law.
Europe's East 25-05-2016

EU and Ukraine celebrate the release of Nadia Savchenko

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko arrived home in Kyiv today (25 May) after nearly two years in a Russian jail, part of a prisoner swap in which two Russians held in Ukraine were returned to Moscow.

Poland, EU adopt conciliatory tone over top court row

Poland's rightwing government and the European Commission said yesterday (24 May) they were upbeat about finding a solution that would roll back Warsaw's overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics warn endangers its independence.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

Normandy Four leaders discuss OSCE monitoring of eastern Ukraine

The leaders of the Normandy Four countries: Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, held a telephone conversation early today (24 May) over the issue of improving OSCE monitoring in eastern Ukraine.

Bulgaria asks EU for ‘plan B’ if Turkey abandons refugee deal

Bulgaria asked the European Union to develop a backup plan, in the event that Turkey refuses to implement its agreement to deal with the refugee crisis, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said on Friday (20 May).
UK & Europe 23-05-2016

UK reimbursed in excess of €111 billion by EU since 1985

Thanks to the “UK rebate” won by Margaret Thatcher, over the last three decades, the United Kingdom has been reimbursed more than €111 billion from the EU budget, EurActiv.com has learned.

EU official: Turkey should wait for visa waiver until October

Turkey will have wait for the EU visa waiver at least until October, a representative of the European Union told journalists ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council opening today (20 May).
Global Europe 19-05-2016

All eyes focus on language about Russia in EU Global Strategy

The language on Russia is the most discussed element of the EU Global Strategy, the guide for the European Union’s global actions in the future, which is being prepared by the Union’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, diplomats said today (19 May).
Enlargement 19-05-2016

Macedonia postpones election under EU pressure

Crisis-hit Macedonia on Wednesday (18 May) postponed elections due next month, after the European Union called on Skopje to delay the polls in order to ensure they could take place freely and fairly.
Global Europe 18-05-2016

Valdai and EPC think-tanks discuss EU-Russia's ‘new normal’

The Russian ‘Valdai Club’ and the European Policy Centre, a Brussels think tank, failed to agree yesterday (17 May) on ways to move forward EU-Russia relations - instead comparing the ‘new normal’ of the relationship with the grey skies that Brussels residents have no other choice but to accept.
Euro & Finance 18-05-2016

Refugees can bring significant economic benefit: report

A new international study released today [18 May] finds significant economic benefits for wealthy EU countries that accept refugees. But one of the weaknesses of the report appears to be that it does not analyse the case in poorer EU countries in central and eastern Europe.
Trade & Society 13-05-2016

EU-Canada summit hangs in doubt, CETA fate uncertain

EXCLUSIVE / Bulgaria and Romania find it very difficult to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada which was concluded in 2014, because of the refusal by Ottawa to lift the visa requirement for their nationals, and propose the accord to be postponed.
Global Europe 13-05-2016

Slovakia’s foreign minister ‘actively considering’ UN top job

Miroslav Lajčák, Slovakia’s foreign minister, is actively considering being a candidate for UN Secretary General, replacing Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December, EurActiv was told yesterday (12 May).
Europe's East 13-05-2016

Armenia, Azerbaijan presidents to meet in Vienna over Nagorno-Karabakh

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet on Monday (16 May) in Vienna to discuss the situation of Nagorno-Karabakh region after the worst clashes in decades, mediators said yesterday (12 May). The US and Russia first diplomats are expected to be present, but not the EU.
Energy 12-05-2016

Southern gas corridor on time, BP executive says

The Southern Gas Corridor, a project of pipelines to bring new gas supplies to Europe, is running on time and on budget, a BP senior executive said today (12 May).
EU Priorities 2020 12-05-2016

Slovak presidency ‘will work for overcoming East-West divide in EU’

The upcoming Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU has overcoming the fragmentation in Europe as one of its main objectives, Slovakia´s State Secretary for European Affairs Ivan Korčok told a small group of journalists today (12 May).
UK & Europe 12-05-2016

Hammond: Brexit would 'impair' UK’s ability to defend Gibraltar

Britain leaving the EU would "seriously impair" London's ability to stand up for Gibraltar, Britain's Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said yesterday (11 May) on his first official visit to the contested UK territory on Spain's southern tip.

Turkey repeats threat to flood Europe with refugees

An adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened that if the European Parliament votes against lifting the visa requirement for Turkish citizens, his country would send refugees on its territory to the European Union.

Council of Europe worried about Belgian prisons crisis

The Council of Europe, the continent’s oldest organisation specialised in human rights, has visited prisons in Belgium where a large number of staff were absent due to strike and therefore did not provide services to inmates.