Armenia

02-10-2017

Armenia urged to ‘do homework’ to prepare for visa-free travel

Armenia’s government has been urged to start “internal preparations” for visa liberalisation, the process for which could be started at a summit in November.

22-09-2017

How Azerbaijani laundromat has affected EU policy on Nagorno-Karabakh

More than two decades after Azerbaijan and Armenia fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mixture of Azerbaijani bribes and oil politics has kept European institutions out of the disputed region. It is time for the EU to free itself from this grip and stand for its values in the Caucasus, argues Nicolas Tavitian.

Azerbaijan 18-07-2017

Azerbaijan is disappointed with EU’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh

It's a pity that the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia did not contribute to the effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.

Politics 02-06-2017

Report: Armenia and Azerbaijan closer to war over Nagorno-Karabakh

The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan are closer to war over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region than at any point since a ceasefire brokered more than 20 years ago, the International Crisis Group said.

Elections 04-04-2017

Armenia vote ‘tainted’ by claims of ‘vote-buying’, Western observers say

European observers said yesterday (3 April) there was "credible information" that Armenia's parliamentary elections at the weekend were marred by "vote-buying" and pressure on voters.

Elections 03-04-2017

Armenia’s ruling party set to win ‘milestone’ vote

Armenia's ruling party was set to win the first parliamentary elections since the adoption of constitutional reforms transforming the country into a parliamentary republic, according to official results released today (3 April).

31-03-2017

The modern Armenia must leave nobody behind

Armenia has come a long way since regaining its independence in 1991. Years of steady growth following the collapse of the Soviet Union have significantly raised the living standards of Armenians, writes Gagik Tsarukyan.

30-03-2017

Armenia gears up for ‘milestone’ parliamentary vote

Armenia votes in landmark legislative elections Sunday (2 April) for the first time since the adoption of constitutional reforms aimed at transforming the ex-Soviet country into a parliamentary republic.

Europe's East 23-03-2017

Council of Europe plagued by ‘caviar diplomacy’

A corruption scandal involving payments running into millions of euros has rocked the Council of Europe. But details are still hard to come by and the organisation seems unwilling to delve deeper into the matter. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

15-03-2017

Armenian president: Stronger ties with both EU and Russia a priority

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV's partner EFE defended his country’s complementary approach to relations with both the EU and the Moscow-backed Eurasian Union.

Security 05-12-2016

Study: Militarisation on the rise to counter Russia

Militarisation has increased in Europe and five of the continent's countries are in the top 10 of a new index that compares defence spending with social factors. EURACTIV Germany reports.

21-11-2016

For Russia, some conflicts are colder than ever

The breakaway strategy should be understood as part of Russia's broader efforts to keep its sphere of influence in the former Soviet periphery intact so as to buffer against foreign rivals, writes Eugene Chausovsky.

15-11-2016

Armenia’s dangerous posturing sabotages Nagorno-Karabakh peace efforts

Deadly clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces in early April 2016 reminded the world once again of the danger posed by the simmering Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is playing out in close proximity to Europe’s borders, warns Azad Garibov.

15-11-2016

Russia and Armenia to establish joint military force

President Vladimir Putin has approved a government proposal to create a joint Russian and Armenian military group, the media in Russia and Armenia reported, quoting from the presidential decree.

Global Europe 19-10-2016

Compromising in the Caucasus

A change in the status quo of the frozen Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would affect all regional players, writes Antonia Colibasanu.

07-10-2016

Azerbaijan invites Brussels to help fix Nagorno-Karabakh

On a visit to Brussels, representatives of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is occupied by Armenia, have invited Belgian parliamentarians to help arrange and host the first gathering of the two communities for the last 25 years.

05-10-2016

The major stumbling block of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs its mediators to come to an interim agreement that benefits both sides, while international actors, like the EU, have to differentiate between the factors at play in the Caucasus, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.

04-10-2016

Nagorno-Karabakh: Ballots, not bullets

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has come close to a resolution several times, but military action perpetrated by Azerbaijan, which left hundreds of casualties on both sides, has seriously undermined the peace process, writes Diogo Pinto.

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.

30-09-2016

Azerbaijan poses as bastion against Islamophobia in Europe

The political aftermath of the refugee crisis in Europe, and the rise of far-right populism, is cause for growing concern in Azerbaijan, a country that sees itself as a bridge between the West and the Islamic world. EURACTIV reports from Baku.

Global Europe 28-09-2016

Moscow ‘anti-globalisation’ conference stirs up European and American separatists

The Kremlin last week supported a conference of separatist movements in Moscow, with guests from Europe, the Middle East and the US. Similar movements are banned in Russia, where separatists face up to five years in prison. EURACTIV France reports.

02-09-2016

Berlin denies backtracking on Armenian Genocide resolution

The German government is seeking to distance itself from a recent resolution that saw the Armenian massacre recognised as genocide, according to media reports. Berlin hopes Turkey will overturn its ban on MPs visiting troops stationed in the country as a result. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 29-08-2016

German Incirlik visit depends on stance on ‘genocide’ vote, says Ankara

Turkish permission for German lawmakers to visit the Incirlik air base will depend on the German government distancing itself from a resolution branding a 1915 massacre of Armenians as "genocide", Turkey's foreign minister said today (29 August).

22-08-2016

Azerbaijan courts Russia and Iran

The Baku summit, during which Azerbaijan hosted the presidents of Russia and Iran, couldn’t have come at a better time, writes Stratfor.