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27/08/2016

Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity

Europe's East


Security 26-08-2016

Eastern EU leaders call for joint army at summit with Germany

Eastern EU countries on Friday (26 August) pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Fico lobbies Putin for Lajcak as UN chief

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (25 August), has lobbied for Russian support for his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miroslav Lajcak, to become the next UN Secretary-General.
Euro & Finance 26-08-2016

Moody's: Poland risks credit downgrade, divestment, over democracy deficit

Global ratings agency Moody's warned Thursday (25 August) that an escalating constitutional crisis in Poland is threatening to hurt investment in the EU's largest eastern economy and could affect its credit rating.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Fico to act as Putin’s messenger to the EU

Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Fico, who will dine with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today (25 August), will carry Russia’s messages to the EU ahead of crucial meetings concerning the Union’s future, the Russian press reports.
Europe's East 24-08-2016

Romania releases first loan tranche to crisis-hit Moldova

European Union member Romania said Wednesday (24 August) it has paid the first tranche of a multi-million-euro loan to neighbouring Moldova, in a bid to prevent the ex-Soviet nation from economic collapse and help it maintain a pro-European course.
Europe's East 24-08-2016

Ukraine’s fight against corruption deserves EU support

It is crucial that the EU continues to help Ukraine fight its 'culture of corruption' in its struggle to establish democracy and integration into the West, writes Mark Demesmaeker on its 25th independence day anniversary.
Security 23-08-2016

Biden tells Baltic states 'don't take Trump seriously'

US Vice-President Joe Biden told Baltic leaders on Tuesday (23 August) not to take seriously comments by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that called into question America’s commitment to protect NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression.
Europe's East 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.
Europe's East 22-08-2016

Putin flies into Crimea amid war games and tension

Vladimir Putin flew into annexed Crimea on 19 August, a day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula.
Europe's East 19-08-2016

MH17 criminal probe to be published next month

Initial results from a criminal probe into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine two years ago will be revealed next month, Dutch prosecutors said Friday (19 August).
Europe's East 19-08-2016

Merkel: No end to EU sanctions against Russia

There is no reason to lift the European Union's sanctions against Russia, as Moscow has not fulfilled all of its commitments under the Minsk peace plan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published on Friday (19 August).
Europe's East 19-08-2016

Ukraine could introduce martial law if eastern fighting worsens

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said yesterday (18 August) he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilisation if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists worsened.


Europe's East 18-08-2016

Azerbaijan launches criminal investigation against alleged Gülenists

Azerbaijan, a country with strong relations with Turkey, is reportedly cracking down on local supporters of US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the 15 July failed coup.
Europe's East 17-08-2016

Ukrainian protesters accuse prosecutors of abetting corruption

Ukrainian activists today (17 August) held a protest in central Kyiv accusing the country's powerful prosecutors of obstructing a newly formed national agency that has exposed massive official corruption.
Global Europe 16-08-2016

How Russia views the West

While the West clearly should not formulate its foreign policy with an aim to please Russia, it is in its best interest to understand the Russian point of view, writes Sarah Lohschelder.
Europe's East 16-08-2016

New online income declaration system flops in Ukraine

Ukrainian efforts to stamp out tax evasion and corruption among public officials in line with commitments to the IMF hit a setback on Monday (15 August) when a new online income declaration system flopped at launch.
Global Europe 12-08-2016

Europe must go beyond security and focus on neighborhoods to fight extremism

With governments increasingly witnessing the limits of security-oriented responses, trans-Atlantic dialogue on neighborhoods holds the potential to unlock a policy toolbox of fresh solutions that European policymakers are searching for, writes Jeffrey Brown.
Europe's East 12-08-2016

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Ukraine put its forces around Crimea on high alert Thursday, as tensions soared after Moscow accused Kiev of attempting to mount armed incursions into the disputed peninsula.
Europe's East 11-08-2016

Russia says Ukraine attempted to 'destabilise' Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (10 August) accused Ukraine of waging "terror" over alleged attempted incursions into annexed Crimea that Kiev has fiercely denied.
Global Europe 08-08-2016

Poll: Majority of Germans want to end Ankara’s EU hopes

Most Germans believe that the EU should stop accession negotiations with Turkey as well as a controversial refugee deal, according to a poll published on Sunday (7 August).
Europe's East 04-08-2016

War or peace: Armenia's dead end

The escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict earlier this year has left Armenia with no option. The only way to resolve the conflict is to end the occupation and come to the negotiating table, argues Kamal Makili-Aliyev.
Europe's East 04-08-2016

Serbia's institutions fail to protect women from violence

Omissions by Serbia’s state institutions in cases of violence against women, primarily a lack of exchange of information, increase the number of death, according to the findings of Ombudsman Saša Janković.
Europe's East 04-08-2016

Austrian chancellor wants EU to end accession talks with Turkey

Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern on Wednesday called on the European Union to end membership talks with Turkey in the wake of a massive government crackdown following a failed coup.
Global Europe 29-07-2016

Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity

Vladimir Putin will step up Russia's campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday (30 July), encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is starting to pay off.