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23/05/2016

EU must avoid prioritising gas in energy security push

Location: Ukraine


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 18-05-2016

Council of Europe can do without Russia

In light of human rights violations in Crimea and a new law allowing Russia to ignore rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no justification for the country to remain in the Council of Europe, writes Susan Stewart.
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.
Europe's East 10-05-2016

Germany steps up its flirting with Russia

No other country sends as many politicians or businessmen to Russia as Germany; not all of the visits are made public knowledge either. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 09-05-2016

Donetsk separatists parade banned weapons on Victory Day

Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels today (9 May) commemorated the former Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany by parading tanks and other heavy weapons banned under a fragile truce.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Why Ukraine's NATO membership is not in America's interests

It is time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table, writes Josh Cohen.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Report: Missile launcher that downed MH17 belongs to the Russian army

The missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people onboard, was fired by a missile launcher belonging to Russia's army,  a report revealed yesterday (3 May).
Europe's East 03-05-2016

EU urges Ukraine to investigate 2014 Odessa deaths

Ukraine's tense Odessa marked yesterday (2 May) two years since clashes killed 48 anti-Maidan protesters during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions House in central Odessa. The EU urged Kyiv to investigate the tragedy.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

NATO weighs stationing four battalions in member states bordering Russia

NATO is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern European member states, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday (2 May), in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.
Europe's East 29-04-2016

Ukraine and Russia see opportunity in Easter ceasefire

Ukraine told the UN Security Council yesterday (28 April) that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.
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 28-04-2016

EU and Ukraine postpone summit

The EU and Ukraine have postponed a summit scheduled for next month until September to give the pro-Western government in Kyiv more time for political and financial reforms, the EU said yesterday (27 April).
Energy 26-04-2016

Ukraine commemorates 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident

Ukraine today (26 April) marks 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl killed thousands and forced a global rethink about the wisdom of relying on atomic fuel.
Global Europe 21-04-2016

Russia’s carrot-and-stick strategy

The NATO-Russia Council meeting held on 20 April failed to produce any concrete conclusions, but although it may be seen as unproductive, its occurrence is still notable, writes Stratfor.

Commission proposes visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine on Wednesday (20 April). The move, which was expected, comes despite the Dutch referendum vote against the EU-Ukraine association agreement, partly motivated by hostility to migration.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Energy 20-04-2016

Sefcovic sheds light on Nord Stream 2 negotiations

Speaking to a group of journalists yesterday (19 April), Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of the Energy Union, shed light on the ongoing negotiations to reconcile the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with EU legislation.
UK & Europe 20-04-2016

Will Brexit make the EU more pro-Russian?

Asked if Brexit will make the EU more pro-Russian, international experts with different backgrounds approached by EurActiv were not unanimous in their assessment. However all said that without the UK, the EU will be weaker internationally.
Europe's East 19-04-2016

Ukrainian court sentences Russian soldiers, prisoner swap taking shape

A Ukrainian court yesterday (18 April) sentenced two Russian soldiers captured last May to 14 years in prison for their involvement in the pro-Russian separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Europe's East 15-04-2016

EU foreign ministers to discuss Panama Papers

EXCLUSIVE/EU foreign ministers meeting are expected to discuss the fallout from the Panama Papers at their meeting next week, it emerged today (15 April) – even though the topic is not on the formal agenda.
Europe's East 15-04-2016

EU condemns Russia’s banning of Crimean Tatars’ assembly

The EU yesterday (14 April) called “extremely worrying” the decision by the Russian authorities to suspend the activities of Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, and called for the decision to be reversed immediately.
Europe's East 15-04-2016

Technocrats gone in new Ukrainian cabinet

Ukraine's parliament approved presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister yesterday (14 April) in the biggest political shakeup since a 2014 uprising brought in a pro-Western leadership.
Trade & Society 15-04-2016

Dutch voters now demanding referendum on TTIP

EXCLUSIVE / Dutch voters want a referendum on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), throwing into doubt the future of the US-EU free trade deal, nine days after the country's 'no' vote in a plebiscite on an EU-Ukraine association agreement.
Energy 14-04-2016

EU must avoid prioritising gas in energy security push

Overly focusing on gas could hamstring the efforts of the Energy Union, so the EU should ensure that it facilitates the building of a solid low-carbon technology market, write Thomas Raines and Shane Tomlinson