Europe's East

Azerbaijan 29-11-2017

Ambassador: For Azerbaijan, this was the best Eastern Partnership summit

The Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, commented the results of the Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels on 25 November.

13-11-2017

‘Cold Eastern Winds’: An interview with Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, joined Brian Maguire in the EURACTIV Studio to discuss the Eastern Partnership Summit declaration, Ukraine’s intense reform process, the challenge of ‘Ukraine fatigue’ in Brussels, and the risks Russia continues to present along Europe’s Eastern border.

Azerbaijan 02-10-2017

Ambassador: Criticism against Azerbaijan is orchestrated

“The closer we are coming to the EU, the more criticism we are hearing. But we are approaching the point of no return in our relations," Fuad Isgandarov, ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belgium, told EURACTIV in a wide-ranging interview.

Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

European Economic Forecast: Sunny with a chance of uncertainty

EU economies are expected to grow throughout 2018. The upturn is the first time in almost a decade that member states have collectively experienced positive growth.

Economy & Jobs 09-02-2017

EU-Belarus co-operation: Can it help in fighting illicit trade?

The illicit tobacco trade, representing 10.4% of the global cigarette market, is becoming an increasingly important issue with severe overall repercussions on finance, taxation, public health and international security.

Ambassador: Azerbaijan looks for solid foundations of its EU relation
Azerbaijan 09-01-2017

Ambassador: Azerbaijan wants a solid foundation for EU relationship

As the EU and Azerbaijan begin negotiating a “comprehensive agreement”, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, provided insight into the way his country sees the future of its relationship with the Union and its member states.

15-01-2016

George Friedman: The EU will exist and sink into irrelevance

American political scientist and author and former chief intelligence officer George Friedman told EURACTIV that “the EU has failed, but there is no clear alternative”.

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Azerbaijan 01-06-2015

Baku – 2015 First European Games

From the shores of the Caspian Sea come the Baku 2015 European Games. Take an exclusive look at the Joel Peissig-directed promotional video for the most significant addition to the international sporting calendar in 50 years. See the stars of Baku 2015 and the sights of Azerbaijan’s beautiful capital city. Join the excitement at #Baku2015, #BiginBaku and #HelloBaku. See the film, and rise to the occasion.

Competition 22-04-2015

Brussels charges Gazprom with market abuse

The European Commission charged Gazprom on Wednesday (22 April) with abusing its dominant market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets.

Brexit 20-03-2015

Juncker: I watch Euronews all night long

At the end of the EU summit on Friday, 20 March, EURACTIV Senior Editor Georgi Gotev asked Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker if he was aware that Ukraine had banned Euronews, after a controversial businessman bought the Ukrainian service.

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Energy 20-03-2015

EU links sanctions on Russia to Minsk ceasefire deal

“The duration of economic sanctions will be clearly linked to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements,” said EU Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday after EU leaders met for the March EU Council Summit.

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19-03-2015

Ukraine urges EU leaders to back peacekeeping mission in Donbas

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has urged EU leaders to back Kiev's request to sendi an international peacekeeping mission to eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russia separatists.

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Energy 18-03-2015

Nuclear energy key resource for Poland, Westinghouse official says

The biggest single market for nuclear energy in Eastern Europe is Poland, says Mike Kirst, Vice President for Strategy and External Relations for Europe at the Westinghouse Electric Company.

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Climate change 10-03-2015

Katainen: No efficiency ring-fence in Juncker investment plan

EU Commissioner responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen said on Tuesday that the EU will not allocate specific funds from the Juncker plan to pay for renovation projects to boost the energy efficiency of buildings. Katainen added that it was up to the private sector to choose which projects get the cash.

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10-03-2015

Russia wants to divide the west, Tusk tells Obama

European Council President Donald Tusk visited the White House on Monday, where he met US President Barack Obama to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the situation in Greece and negotiations on the transatlantic trade agreement.

04-03-2015

Iconoclast Mogherini calls Macedonia ‘Macedonia’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini surprised many in the press room today, when she called 'Macedonia' the country that calls itself Macedonia.

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03-03-2015

Commission condemns Russian travel bans on EU officials

The European Commission condemned on Tuesday (3 March) Russia's refusal to allow senior officials from Poland and Latvia, including an MEP, to enter the country to attend the funeral of murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

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Energy 03-03-2015

Šef?ovi?: EU gas supply ‘secure’

Commissioner for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? has said that he is 'reassured' that the supply of gas to the EU markets remains 'secure.' Šef?ovi? comments came after he held trilateral gas talks with Russia and Ukraine on Monday.

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Energy 26-02-2015

Will Energy Union give business to abusers of human rights?

Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in yesterday’s (25 February) Commission communication on Energy Union. EURACTIV understands that Iran and Iraq is also part of the Commission’s long-term thinking, as it searches for alternative suppliers of gas to Russia.  

Economy & Jobs 13-02-2015

EU Summit: Merkel ready to compromise on Greek debt

The Greek question would certainly be raised at the Council summit, “if only in a minor way,” the German Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ahead of Thursday’s informal Council meeting in Brussels.

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13-02-2015

Merkel avoids confirming amnesty for MH17 attackers

“There is no general commitment as yet that minds each and everyone, which covers each and everyone, for example, those that are guilty. But we need the results of the investigation,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Brussels after an EU leaders meeting on Thursday.

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EU Priorities 2020 13-02-2015

Hollande: “Ukraine agreement is a ray of hope”

“We reached an agreement; we could have failed. But the agreement does not guarantee an enduring success in the days to come. We must continue to be vigilant, to apply pressure and to continue the movement that has been started thanks to the initiative that the Chancellor and I have been able to launch.

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Economy & Jobs 13-02-2015

EU leaders give ‘cautious support’ to Ukraine’s peace plan

On Thursday, EU leaders welcomed the ceasefire agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, but said they gave it 'cautious support.'

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12-02-2015

Juncker: Minsk agreement ‘excellent news’

Speaking to journalists on his arrival to the European Council meeting on Thursday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker described the Ukrainian ceasefire agreement as 'excellent news'.