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28/07/2016

MEPs back visa-free travel suspension mechanism

Europe's East


Energy 27-07-2016

Three reasons to repurpose the Energy Union

The Energy Union is great on paper, but so far the European Commission has failed to provide it with a modern, engaging vision. Eckart Würzner sees three key reasons why the executive should do so and how it can achieve it.
Europe's East 26-07-2016

Azerbaijan calls September referendum on greater presidential powers

Ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Tuesday (26 July) set 26 September as the date for a referendum on constitutional changes that would hand extra powers to long-running President Ilham Aliyev.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Europe's East 22-07-2016

Poland votes that WWII massacre by Ukraine was 'genocide'

Poland's right-wing dominated parliament on Friday (22 July) recognised as "genocide" a massacre of 100,000 Poles by Ukrainian nationalists seven decades ago, in a move that quickly drew criticism from Kyiv.
Europe's East 22-07-2016

For Pavel Sheremet, Ukraine was a ‘freedom project’

The EU should help speed up the investigation of the gruesome murder of Pavel Sheremet, writes Jana Brovdij.
Security 21-07-2016

NYT: Trump questions US commitment to NATO

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has raised fresh questions about his commitment to automatically defend NATO allies if they were attacked, a stance in keeping with his "America First" agenda, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (20 July)
Europe's East 20-07-2016

Pro-Western journalist killed in Kyiv car bomb

A car bomb in Kyiv today (20 July) killed a pro-Western reporter from a news site, whose founder was beheaded 16 years ago after probing the alleged crimes of Ukrainian leaders.
Energy 20-07-2016

Ukraine requests Commission’s help to secure winter gas

In an apparent U-turn, Ukraine has requested the Commission’s mediation for securing its gas purchases from Gazprom, it emerged today (20 July).
Energy 20-07-2016

Azerbaijan’s SOCAR warns Greece against foul play over DESFA deal

Greece will not withdraw a bill amending the regulation of natural gas tariffs, despite warnings by Azerbaijan's SOCAR that it could jeopardise SOCAR's purchase of the Greek national gas grid, a senior energy ministry official said today (20 July).
Enlargement 20-07-2016

German-Turkish community: ‘Erdogan thrives on European criticism’

One of the leaders of the Turkish expatriate community in Germany, Gökay Sofuoğlu, spoke to EurActiv Germany in the aftermath of the failed coup in his homeland about the impact of Ankara's domestic policy on Turks living abroad.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Political scientist: 'Turkey is a tyranny of the masses'

Even before the attempted coup, Turkey was no longer a democracy, according to political scientist Dr Roy Karadag. He told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche what Erdoğan has planned for Turkey next and why the EU refugee deal hangs in the balance.
Europe's East 18-07-2016

Armed men in Armenia seize police station, demand politicians' release

Armed men seized a police station and hostages in Armenia's capital Yerevan yesterday (17 July), killing a police officer, demanding Armenians take to the streets to secure the release of jailed opposition politicians.


Europe's East 18-07-2016

Two years on, Ukraine villagers mourn at MH17 crash site

Dozens of villagers carried flowers and lit candles on Sunday (17 July) at the site in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where flight MH17 crashed two years ago, killing all 298 people on board.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

Kerry meets with Putin about cooperating against Islamic State in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin about boosting military and intelligence cooperation against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria and told him that without "concrete, near-term steps," diplomatic efforts to end the war could not go on indefinitely.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Talking around the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Unless diplomacy produces tangible results, an escalation similar or more serious than the four-day war in April cannot be ruled out, writes Stratfor.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Stoltenberg says no 'meeting of minds' at NATO-Russia Council

NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine yesterday (13 July) in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries

A European Commission official has said that Russian propaganda was now powerful in all EU member states – but in some of them Moscow barely needed to make the effort, as local politicians were delivering its messages.
Europe's East 14-07-2016

MH17 families prepare for legal fight on second anniversary

The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.
Global Europe 11-07-2016

A very Polish NATO summit

The 8-9 July NATO summit in Warsaw was clearly a success for the alliance, in light of rising tensions with Russia. However, Polish politicians are set to use it as another pretext for infighting, exacerbating internal divisions within the country. EurActiv Poland reports.
Global Europe 09-07-2016

Obama downplays Brexit impact at NATO summit

US President Barack Obama insisted on Friday that (8 July) Brexit would not harm transatlantic unity, but warned against a bitter divorce undermining security in the face of a resurgent Russia.
Security 08-07-2016

Duda: NATO has to show unity, solidarity and determination

The two-day Warsaw NATO Summit began today (8 July) in Poland's capital. 28 national delegations representing all of the alliance's members will attend, as well as from 26 associated states, delegations of the World Bank, NATO headquarters, the UN and the EU.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Russia, Brexit loom over Warsaw NATO summit

NATO leaders meet today (8 July) for a landmark summit in Warsaw to send an uncompromising message to a resurgent Russia while trying to contain the fallout from Britain's dramatic vote to quit the European Union.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Cyprus parliament calls for end to EU sanctions on Russia

Cyprus' parliament yesterday (7 July) adopted a resolution calling on the government to work towards lifting European Union sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine conflict, officials said.

MEPs back visa-free travel suspension mechanism

Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs agreed today (7 July) that visa-free travel of non-EU citizens on EU territory can be suspended in particular circumstances.