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04/12/2016

Saakashivili quits Ukraine job, lashes out at Poroshenko

Europe's East


Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EurActiv’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.
Europe's East 30-11-2016

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough yesterday (29 November), with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that "lip service" statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace.
Europe's East 29-11-2016

Steinmeier: Ukraine to show 'responsibility' at Minsk talks

Germany's foreign minister called on Ukraine and Russia to "show responsibility" and agree on a roadmap in four-way talks on Tuesday (29 November) on how to implement last year's ceasefire accord for eastern Ukraine, but dampened hopes for a breakthrough.
Enlargement 29-11-2016

EU, Moldova reaffirm ties after pro-Russian president elected

The European Union and Moldova on Monday (29 November) reaffirmed close ties which they said would not be affected by the recent election of a pro-Russian president.
Europe's East 28-11-2016

Moldova’s geopolitical crossroads

Moldova’s first directly elected president may have legitimacy in the eyes of the people, but he will have to steer his country through stormy economic and geopolitical waters, writes Serghei Sadohin.
Global Europe 25-11-2016

MEPs draw map of pro- and anti-Russian countries in the EU

A European Parliament vote on a resolution seen as extremely critical of Russia has allowed the painting of a very precise picture of which countries have the most pro- and anti- Russian MEPs. The Vote Watch website allows us to see exactly how each MEP voted and who the “rebels” are.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

Poroshenko: EU under very severe attack from Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today (24 November) that the EU was under very severe attack from nationalists and populists, but also from Russia.
Global Europe 22-11-2016

Trump’s Russia policy looms large over EU-Ukraine summit

The EU-Ukraine 18th summit to be held on Thursday (24 November) is expected to discuss the consequences of an expected distancing of Washington from Kyiv, and the need for Brussels to do more in assisting the pro-Western government of President Petro Poroshenko.
Europe's East 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.
Europe's East 18-11-2016

EU approves Ukraine visa-free travel

European Union member states yesterday (17 November) approved visa-free travel for Ukraine citizens, long sought by Kyiv to help cement ties as it combats pro-Russian rebels in the east.
Europe's East 17-11-2016

Ukraine refuses to back European hate crimes law

Ukraine's parliament today (17 November) refused to back a European hate crimes law because its references to sexual orientation and gender violated what many lawmakers said were basic Christian values.
Security 17-11-2016

Germany ready to cooperate with Turkey on terrorism and PKK

Turkey often threatens to fall out with Germany on the Kurdish issue and its president has accused the Bundesrepublik of not doing enough to tackle the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). But it seems that Germany is anything but lenient towards the group. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.


Global Europe 17-11-2016

Obama to pass torch to Merkel on farewell visit

US President Barack Obama pays a farewell visit today (17 November) to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, widely seen as the new standard bearer of liberal democracy since the election of Donald Trump.
Elections 16-11-2016

Romanian PM praises work of 'zero government'

Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has marked the completion of his first year in office by labelling his technocratic cabinet a “zero government”: “zero corruption, zero populism and zero lies”, in a barb aimed directly at his critics. EurActiv Romania reports.

Europe's East 15-11-2016

Moldova's pro-Russian president-elect says EU ties will remain

The pro-Russian winner of Moldova's presidential election said today (15 November) the country would not cut ties with the European Union, appearing to row back on campaign comments that it should move closer to Moscow.
Europe's East 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.
Security 15-11-2016

Spanish ex-foreign minister: 'Either we defend ourselves or there is no defence'

Spain's former foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, told EurActiv Spain that now is not the time for alarmist reactions to Donald Trump's US election victory and that Brexit could provide Spain with an opportunity to increase its international standing.
Europe's East 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.
Energy 15-11-2016

Putin warns Merkel Russian gas piped to EU could be siphoned off in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (14 November) of the risk of Ukraine siphoning off Russian gas destined for Europe, the Kremlin said.
Europe's East 14-11-2016

EU to launch negotiations for a new agreement with Azerbaijan

EU foreign ministers decided today (14 November) to start negotiating a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan, replacing the Association agreement proposed in 2010, which had omitted to take into account Baku’s view about the future of relations.
Elections 14-11-2016

Pro-Russian candidate triumphs in Moldova presidential election

A pro-Russian candidate for president of Moldova has won the race, preliminary results showed yesterday (13 November), following a campaign in which he vowed to slam the brakes on seven years of closer integration with the European Union.
Europe's East 10-11-2016

Ziyadov: Baku will become a Dubai-like hub in Eurasia

Azerbaijan intends to build a major trading hub close to its capital as a tax-free zone, with the expectation that other countries in the region will replicate the example and give a boost to the entire Eurasia region, Taleh Ziyadov told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 09-11-2016

Western energy investment in Moldova depends on election result

Energy majors are lining up to obtain hydrocarbon exploration projects in Moldova but the outcome is dependent on the result of the upcoming presidential election, according to a former Romanian energy minister. EurActiv Romania reports.

Europe's East 08-11-2016

Saakashivili quits Ukraine job, lashes out at Poroshenko

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili tendered his resignation as governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa region on Monday, accusing President Petro Poroshenko of cynically obstructing his attempts at reform and supporting corrupt clans.