Rumours circulated that Germany was issuing work permits, and this created confusion, Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi told EurActiv Germany, referring to the recent exodus of 30,000 Kosovars to EU countries.
The Minsk agreement reached Thursday (12 February) between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany is a better step for solving the conflict in Eastern Ukraine than sending arms, says MEP Syed Kamall.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine can only be resolved by political means. Arming Ukraine is the worst idea under present circumstances, Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's Ambassador to the EU, told EurActiv, in an exclusive interview.
Member states must cooperate with each other and submit to a European Commission-run governance structure, complete with punitive measures, if the EU is to become independent from Russian gas, argues Morten Helveg Petersen, who also stressed the importance of renewables and energy efficiency.
First and foremost, Ukraine needs a rule of law, so judicial reforms need to be passed. Everybody knows that every single judge in Ukraine is corrupt, and most of them need to be changed, Aivaras Abromavicius, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Ukraine is a good payer: in the course of 2014 it has received almost 9 billion dollars of credit from the EU and its international partners, the IMF and the USA. However, the country has paid out about 14 billion dollars in debt repayments to honour its commitments, and it needs more help, Natalie Jaresko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Now that we've marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, we realise that the problem was not solved at that time. The Kremlin is trying to build another Berlin wall, which according to their design will extend across Ukraine, Archbishop Yevstraty told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
The joint announcement of US and Chinese post-2020 climate targets last week has put valuable momentum behind UN talks to secure a legally binding global target for CO2 emissions, says Todd Stern. But there is no guarantee that Russia will not use the negotiations for political leverage in the Ukraine conflict, he warns.
Her remit is broad. "Europe has to be competitive by setting and keeping to its really high environmental standards," said Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska. "We have to lead to the situation when industrialisation and environmentally friendly development aren’t contrary."