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Major powers agree to plan for 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

Major powers agreed today (12 February) to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week, and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns.
Europe's East 11-02-2016

In Ukraine's conflict, rumours of compromise grow

The United States and Russia may be moving closer to an understanding on the conflict in Ukraine, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Europe's East 11-02-2016

Sefcovic: Nord Stream is not in conformity with the Energy Union's goals

The European Commission so far is only aware of general information about the project, and is therefore unable to make conclusive decisions, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 11-02-2016

IMF threatens to cut Ukraine aid over corruption

The International Monetary Fund threatened to cut crucial financial aid to cash-strapped Ukraine yesterday (10 February) because of the country's "slow progress" in fighting corruption.
Europe's East 11-02-2016

Azerbaijan's rejection of EU association was an eye-opener for Brussels

Azerbaijan is the best example that the one-size-fits-all approach of the EU vis-à-vis its neighbours does not work, a Commission official admitted to an audience in Brussels.
Europe's East 09-02-2016

EPP leader: ‘War refugees should only be granted temporary residency’

Manfred Weber, the leader of the EPP group in Parliament, has welcomed Turkey's commitment to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Europe. EU member states must now do their part and start taking in their quotas of refugees, he said. EurActiv’s partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Putin using refugee crisis to weaken Merkel

Putin’s campaign in Syria is deepening the refugee crisis and making Angela Merkel’s position increasingly insecure. A weakened Merkel means a weakened European Union, writes Judy Dempsey.
Europe's East 08-02-2016

Denmark loses patience with Ukraine over Minsk compliance

Ukraine must uphold its part of the Minsk agreement or risk a collapse of support for EU sanctions against Moscow, Denmark's foreign minister said on 5 February.
Europe's East 05-02-2016

Europe’s other Russia ‘problem’

Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Europe's East 04-02-2016

Belarus opposition activist: Lukashenko is fooling the West, like Ceausescu

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is fooling the EU, like Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceau?escu did during the Cold War, Ales Bialiatski told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 04-02-2016

Gorbachev: ‘I am ashamed by Putin and Medvedev’

In a Russian video interview published on Monday (1 February), former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev harshly criticises President Vladimir Putin, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Central Europe 04-02-2016

€250 billion Romania-Russia Tupolev deal dead in the water

An agreement between Bucharest and Moscow to construct an aircraft factory and airport in Romania has been scuppered by allegations of money laundering at an international level. The architect of the deal’s chequered past has also come to light. EurActiv Romania reports.
Transport 04-02-2016

EU countries must power neighbours during shortages, under new rules

European Union countries will be obliged to help power households and social services such as healthcare in neighbouring member states in case of severe shortages, under legislation to be put forward by the European Commission next week.
Europe's East 03-02-2016

Resignation of reformist minister sheds light on rampant Ukraine corruption

Ukraine's Economy Minister, Aivaras Abromavicius, abruptly tendered his resignation today (3 February), saying overwhelming corruption had stifled his efforts to push through measures essential to getting growth back on track in the cash-strapped country.
Europe's East 03-02-2016

German MP handed travel ban by Ukraine

A delegation from the Bundestag's European Affairs Committee will travel to Ukraine without one of its members, after Kyiv banned him from travelling. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 03-02-2016

EU wants to see Gazprom contracts with European clients, according to German newspaper

The EU wants to examine the contracts which Gazprom has signed with European companies, amid suspicions that the Russian state energy giant has imposed unfair prices which breach the bloc's trading rules, a German newspaper reported.
Energy 03-02-2016

Environmentalist: Belgium ignoring lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 02-02-2016

Poroshenko: Russia keeps sending troops across the border

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday (1 February) accused Russia of sending troops and weapons into the ex-Soviet state's conflict-torn east, warning that a fragile peace deal was not being fully implemented.
Europe's East 28-01-2016

Russia steps up propaganda war with the West, Germany

The propaganda war between the West, in particular Germany, and Russia, entered a new phase this week with the case of a 13 year-old girl who was allegedly raped by asylum-seekers in Berlin. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 28-01-2016

Zannier: In Ukraine, the OSCE is practically a peacekeeping operation

Since the Ukrainian crisis started, the tone at the table of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) can recall the Cold War. But at least the US and Russia talk to each other in this format on a daily basis, Lamberto Zannier told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 27-01-2016

Andriukaitis: Please be worried

"I know what it means to be discriminated (against)... and when I hear anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and xenophobic speech, it’s like a bell ringing, telling people 'Please be worried'," Vytenis Andriukaitis told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 27-01-2016

'Last chance' for Moldova's pro-EU government after mass protests

Moldova's new Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, said yesterday (26 January) that his government faces a "last chance" to regain public trust as the country a battles deep political crisis, calling for calm from protesters demanding his resignation.
Energy 25-01-2016

Sefcovic: There is good potential for cooperation with Gazprom

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? took advantage of the World Economic Forum to meet with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and discuss the Southern Gas Corridor.

Germany’s police cast doubt on border control extension

The German police union (GdP) has warned against putting excessive pressure on the Bundespolizei by extending border controls, calling into question whether an indefinite extension of increased checks is feasible. EurActiv Germany reports.