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Armenia’s isolation laid bare

Location: Georgia

Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU ministers redefine policy with Russia, Eastern neighbours

The foreign ministers of the 28 EU countries have redefined yesterday (17 October) the Union foreign policy priorities for 2016 and the basis of its relations with Russia and the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.
Europe's East 18-10-2016

Georgia’s quiet move away from 'Messiah' politics

A quiet transition has taken place under the Georgian Dream government, bringing the country in line with a fully-matured western democracy, writes Amanda Paul.
Europe's East 10-10-2016

Ruling party in Georgia decisively wins parliament vote

The ruling party in Georgia decisively won parliamentary elections, firming its grip on power in the former Soviet nation, near-complete results showed yesterday (9 October).
Europe's East 07-10-2016

Georgia’s achievements must be recognised

Georgia has made big changes to meet its commitments to the EU. We must recognise this and not let them down on the question of visa-free travel, writes Heidi Hautala.
Energy 04-10-2016

SOCAR: The TAP project is at risk

There is a risk for the realisation of the Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP), which is part of the Southern gas corridor, due to delays in issuing permits by the local authorities in the Italian region of Puglia, Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy Vice President of SOCAR told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 03-10-2016

Pope urges 'stable peace' on visit to Azerbaijan

Pope Francis yesterday (2 October) called for a "stable peace" as he visited mainly Muslim Azerbaijan, several months after pushing for an end to a festering territorial feud while in arch-foe Armenia.
Europe's East 08-09-2016

Stoltenberg: Georgia moving closer to NATO membership

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday (7 September) said ex-Soviet Georgia has moved closer to membership, in a show of support for the tiny Caucasus nation despite fierce opposition from Russia.
Europe's East 06-09-2016

EU moves closer to visa-free travel for Georgia, Ukraine may follow

A European Parliament committee yesterday (5 September) backed visa-free travel to the European Union for Georgia and moved towards granting another ex-Soviet republic, Ukraine, the same right, after migration worries delayed the process before the summer.
Energy 05-09-2016

New discoveries improve the Southern Gas Corridor’s prospects

Azerbaijan said natural gas produced in the Absheron offshore gas field in the Caspian Sea could be exported through the Southern Gas Corridor. Until now it was planned that only gas from Shah Deniz 2, another offshore field, would be sent to Europe.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Lamy: Declustering policies will alleviate tensions with the EU’s neighbours

Changing geopolitics in Europe’s neighbourhood, to the east and in the south, call for a further declustering of a number of policies, going beyond bilateral trade agreements and security measures, Pascal Lamy, former Commissioner and WTO chief told

MEPs back visa-free travel suspension mechanism

Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs agreed today (7 July) that visa-free travel of non-EU citizens on EU territory can be suspended in particular circumstances.
Global Europe 06-07-2016

Kerry reassures NATO hopefuls Georgia and Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry began a two-day visit to Georgia and Ukraine today (6 July) to reassure NATO's eastern friends they will not be abandoned to face Russia alone.
Europe's East 05-07-2016

Georgia persists in its bid to join the EU

The Brexit vote has fuelled discussions in Georgia about the country’s hopes of joining the EU. Tbilisi has consistently assured the bloc that the country’s European choice is irreversible. But Georgia’s European bid still faces serious exams, writes Zaal Anjaparidze.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Warsaw NATO Summit: Time to act

Tomasz Poręba discusses the ever-growing threat coming from Russia and the importance of the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit in order to strengthen Europe’s eastern border.
Europe's East 27-06-2016

From Armenia, Pope Francis urges regional reconciliation

Pope Francis urged Armenia and Turkey on Saturday (25 June) to seek reconciliation over the Armenian genocide which took place one century ago, and Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

EU ministers turn wary eye on migration from North Africa

On Friday (10 June) European Union ministers will look into ways of stemming the flow of refugees who set sail for Europe from North Africa, after a deal with Turkey has cut arrivals via Greece to a trickle.

Member states use Brexit referendum to delay visa waivers

European Union states held off agreeing to ease travel rules for Georgia yesterday (1 June). Turkey, Ukraine and Kosovo should also expect more delays in visa liberalisation, as the bloc turns more cautious amid immigration fears, EU delegation sources said.

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).

Nuclear alarm from Armenia

The nuclear threat from Armenia should not be taken lightly, writes Ilgar Gurbanov.
Global Europe 19-05-2016

Montenegro becomes NATO’s 29th member

NATO will sign an accession agreement with Montenegro today (19 May), paving the way for the small Balkan country to become the trans-Atlantic alliance's 29th member state, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Europe's East 10-05-2016

Former Armenian PM says his country has nuclear weapons

Hrant Bagratyan, a former prime minister of Armenia, has claimed that his country has nuclear weaponry. The statement raises concern, as Armenia is technically at war with Azerbaijan, over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Turkey’s visa liberalisation: An insult to the EU’s eastern neighbours?

While the EU may think that remaining silent on the more challenging issues of the visa liberalisation deal might be a price worth paying for dealing with the refugee crisis, it reflects the bloc’s desperation, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.
Europe's East 28-04-2016

Post-Soviet ‘frozen conflicts’

The number of post-Soviet frozen conflicts has only grown, as a result of the failure of international mediation to solve them. After Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it seems that eastern Ukraine also qualifies as a frozen conflict.

Europe's East 11-04-2016

Armenia’s isolation laid bare

The latest phase of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is just another reminder of Armenia's unenviable geopolitical position, as significantly, its valuable alliance with Russia has not helped, writes Stratfor’s Eugene Chausovsky.