Central Asia

China 06-11-2017

A new era for China brings new opportunities to all

Following the recent National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the head of the Chinese Mission to the EU explains what the future holds for his country.

06-11-2017

EU hesitates to recognise Kazakhstan as European

Kazakhstan is searching for a post-Soviet identity somewhere between its traditional Kazakh and Turkish cultures, Europe and multiculturalism, diplomats have told EURACTIV. But Europe has been slow to forge closer ties with the young country, despite its strategic location and potential.

03-11-2017

Kazakhstan, a fledgling democracy bent on ‘stability’

The ruling elite in Astana acknowledges that continuous efforts are needed to tackle corruption – recognised as “systemic” – and bolster press freedom in Kazakhstan. "But it’s a very subtle balance between democracy and stability”, local politicians argue.

02-11-2017

Kazakhstan hosts Jordan king in flurry of diplomatic activity

A flurry of diplomatic activity continued in Astana on Wednesday (1 November), marked by the visit of the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, who was awarded a prize for fighting against nuclear proliferation.

31-10-2017

Russia to hold Syria ‘congress’ in Sochi despite Syrian opposition’s concerns

The seventh round of Syria talks in Astana ended on Tuesday (31 October) with an agreement between the three “guarantor states” (Russia, Iran and Turkey) for a “congress of national dialogue” to be held in Sochi, despite reservations from the Syrian opposition. EURACTIV reports from Astana.

31-10-2017

Mediation for peace

This week, EURACTIV reports from Astana about the various mediation efforts of Kazakhstan on the international scene, including the Syria war and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as well as the county's initiatives as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

31-10-2017

Kazakhstan minister: Our international mediation capacity is growing

Kazakhstan is ready to continue its role as a facilitator of international dialogue and mediation, Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan’s deputy foreign minister, said as he briefed reporters in Astana on Tuesday (31 October) and answered many questions about the ongoing Syria talks, North Korea and eastern Ukraine.

24-10-2017

Professor: Central Asia becomes more and more a common market

Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), King’s College London, says that the old quarrels between Central Asian states, and especially between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are disappearing. This in his words leaves room to cooperation, the entire region becoming a very important factor vis- à -vis China, Russia and the West.

19-10-2017

Kazakhstan is getting closer to OECD membership

Next week Almaty, the financial hub of Kazakhstan, will welcome political leaders from Central Asia and OECD member states for the OECD Eurasia Week. Kazakhstan hopes that this event will further strengthen the relations between the Eurasian and the OECD countries, writes Timur Suleimenov.

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13-10-2017

Another environmental catastrophe looms in Central Asia

During the last UN session, when the media were dominated by headlines about the well-known hotbeds of tension, a strong but little noticed message came from the leader of a Central Asian Republic, writes Adrian Van der Meer.

06-10-2017

Commission: Kazakhstan proves good relations with both EU and Russia are possible

A Commission official said on Wednesday (4 October) that Kazakhstan was “the living proof” for Central Asia and the EU's neighborhood that it should be possible for those countries to have good relations both with Brussels and Moscow.

18-09-2017

Kazakh strategist: The Eurasian union is only about economic relations

Kazakhstan sees the Eurasian Economic Union purely as a means to develop economic relations, while it strives for much deeper integration with its Central Asian neighbours, based on the model of the European Union, Sanat Kushkumbayev told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

12-09-2017

EXPO 2017 Astana will give birth to three big projects

EXPO 2017 ended on 10 September, having gathered the participation of 115 countries and 22 international organisations, providing a unique platform for a debate on best technologies for the future of energy. Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, tells EURACTIV about his country’s plan to build on the success of the exhibition.

08-09-2017

Water resources management: West Africa and Central Asia

A panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum highlighted the experience of West Africa in the common management of the water resources over a large area and progress in improving cooperation in an even larger Central Asia.

05-09-2017

Minister: Multiculturalism flourishes in Kazakhstan

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister, spoke to EURACTIV.com about nuclear disarmament, relations with the big powers and his country’s example when it comes to multiculturalism.

04-09-2017

EU invisible at EXPO 2017 in Astana

A majority of EU countries have national pavilions at EXPO 2017 in Astana, dedicated to the theme “Future energy”. But the action of the EU in terms of energy choices for the future and the Union’s leadership in tackling climate change are not visible in national pavilions, EURACTIV has seen.

Languages & Culture 01-09-2017

Kazakhstan steps up reform efforts but says Europe still keeping distance

Ask the average European what the world's biggest landlocked country is, or was the last to leave the Soviet Union, and chances are they will not know it's Kazakhstan.

31-08-2017

Kazakh minister: Two ‘revolutionary’ stories are happening in Central Asia

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roman Vassilenko, sheds light on important new developments in Central Asia, little known in the EU, and on the role of his country in major international issues.

30-08-2017

EU hails inauguration of international uranium bank in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan inaugurated a Low Enriched Uranium Bank on Tuesday (29 August), backed by the IAEA. The EU, one of the project's biggest donours, hailed it as a “success for international cooperation” on non-proliferation. EURACTIV.com reports from Ust-Kamenogorsk and Astana.

30-08-2017

Expo 2017 Astana

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EURACTIV.com reports from the International Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Highlighting the theme "Future Energy," the expo aims to foster a global debate on "how to ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions".

Energy 25-08-2017

EU bank invests in Mongolia’s green future

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to help finance a large-scale wind farm in Mongolia, as part of the East Asian country’s plans to embrace renewable energy.

China 21-08-2017

Expert: Modernisation is a genuine goal for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is boosting its role in international and regional affairs by providing a platform for negotiations and being intermediary between the superpowers. Astana’s ambitions to modernise the country are genuine, said Danila Bochkarev.

Global Europe 17-08-2017

Turkey proposes free movement of workers with Kazakhstan

Central Asian countries are exploring forms of integration resembling those of the European Union, the latest one being the establishment of free movement of people and workers between Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Energy 03-08-2017

Kazakhstan’s geopolitical tightrope: Between Russia and the West

Recent remarks by Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, who called on oil producers to show greater discipline in adhering to agreed-upon output cuts designed to raise the price of oil, have caught the attention of Kazakhstan.