Central Asia

MEPs back Commission’s opinion-dividing land use proposal

The European Parliament’s environment committee on Tuesday (11 July) adopted a proposal on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). But the draft report has provoked criticism across sectors, as it now moves towards a full plenary vote and trialogue.

NGOs say Italy’s ‘code of conduct’ threatens migrants’ lives

Thousands more refugees could be at risk of dying at sea if a proposed ‘code of conduct’ for NGOs conducting search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean is put into practice, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (12 July).

Transport 07-06-2017

Azerbaijan moves forward with ‘5-star’ free-trade hub

A draft law on the creation of a free trade zone in Azerbaijan will be submitted to the country’s parliament before the end of 2017, Taleh Ziyadov, director general of Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC (Port of Baku), told reporters in Baku.

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.

Economy & Jobs 11-05-2017

China champions globalisation with new Silk Road summit

China hosts on Sunday (14 May) a summit showcasing its ambitious drive to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes and lead a new era of globalisation, just as Washington turns inward in favour of "America First" policies.

Defence policy 27-04-2017

Beijing picks Berlin to announce first ‘Made in China’ aircraft carrier

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier yesterday (26 April), amid rising tensions over North Korea, regional concerns about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea and the country's broader military modernisation program.

Europe's East 04-04-2017

Russia and Belarus heal ties in shadow of metro bombing

The presidents of Russia and Belarus said yesterday (3 April) they had resolved all disputes over energy, signaling a rapprochement at a time when both leaders are grappling with street protests and the threat of new Western sanctions hangs over Minsk.

Freedom of thought 14-03-2017

Amnesty warns ECJ headscarf ban ruling ‘panders to prejudice’

A landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJK) that EU companies can ban employees from wearing religious symbols, such as the Muslim headscarf, panders to prejudice, Amnesty International warned today.

Slovakia continues to allow discrimination against Roma children

Despite threats of fines from the European Union, Slovakia still discriminates against Romani children by placing them in segregated schools.

Global Europe 01-02-2017

Kazakhstan changing to secure continuity

Kazakhstan and the wider region of Central Asia are on the cusp of significant change, albeit largely unrecognised by the rest of the world, writes Kamran Bokari.

Global Europe 03-01-2017

Kazakhstan lifts visa requirements to boost tourism, investment

Kazakhstan said Tuesday (3 January) it had lifted visa requirements for citizens of the European Union, OECD countries and a number of other states in a bid to boost investment and tourism.

Global Europe 20-12-2016

Russian ambassador’s murder will bend Turkey relationship, not break it

Russia is facing growing threats, for a range of reasons, but yesterday's murder of its ambassador to Turkey is unlikely to break Moscow's relations with Ankara, writes Stratfor.

Global Europe 20-12-2016

More migrants homeless in Serbia as winter closes in

Rising numbers of migrants from the Middle East and Central Asia are ending up homeless in sub-zero temperatures in Serbia with more arriving from Bulgaria as countries further along the so-called Balkan route tighten their borders.

Global Europe 13-12-2016

Putin foe Navalny announces 2018 Kremlin bid

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday (13 December) announced he would run for president in 2018 after a court victory allowed the outspoken Kremlin critic to be a candidate.

08-12-2016

The Brief: Has ‘better regulation’ hurt the environment?

The European Commission’s better regulation strategy has been described as nothing more than a ploy to cut environmental protection under the guise of slashing red tape.

Enlargement 21-11-2016

Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join ‘Shanghai Five’ bloc

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted saying yesterday (20 November) that Turkey did not need to join the European Union "at all costs" and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.

Enlargement 17-11-2016

Gülenists give their version of the Turkish coup

A report published by an organisation close to the movement of Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish preacher accused by the authorities of Ankara of being the mastermind of the failed 15 July coup, questions the official story and highlights many abuses for which the coup appears to be a pretext.

21-10-2016

The Brief: Brexit is humbling footnote at EU summit

EU leaders had far bigger fish (and chips) to fry than Brexit at the European Council summit in Brussels.

20-10-2016

The Brief: The chances of anything coming from Mars

The chances of any signals coming from Europe’s Mars lander are a million to one, they said.

19-10-2016

The Brief: The Brexit break-up talk

Nothing spells the imminent break-up of a relationship like the words, “We need to talk.”

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.

18-10-2016

The Brief: ‘Death spiral’ UKIP feels the Coburn

The Brief today formally endorses MEP David Coburn as its preferred candidate to be the next leader of the UK Independence Party.

17-10-2016

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?

Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Researcher: IMF and World Bank are changing – but not fast enough

The World Bank and the IMF, the two big international financial institutions, have been too slow to embrace change. But they are showing signs of evolving, admitting that austerity is not always the answer, Françoise Nicolas told EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France.