In a wide-ranging interview, Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, discussed his country’s EU agenda, the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, the sensitive relations with Russia and the new language law which has antagonised Hungary.
A nuclear power plant on the EU’s border with Belarus continues to court controversy due to a number of incidents during its construction and serious concerns raised by neighbouring countries. EURACTIV.com visited the ex-Soviet nation in October to learn more.
In a further sign of strained relations between Warsaw and Kyiv, Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Thursday (2 November) that procedures to bar people “with extreme anti-Polish attitudes” from entering the country are being launched, drawing an angry reply from Ukraine.
Ukraine is moving towards a functioning market economy and liberal democracy, after stabilising its economy, cleaning up the banking sector and putting inflation under control, the chief economic adviser to the Ukrainian prime minister told EURACTIV Slovakia.
A flurry of diplomatic activity continued in Astana on Wednesday (1 November), marked by the visit of the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, who was awarded a prize for fighting against nuclear proliferation.
The leaders of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia launched an 826-km rail link connecting the three countries on 30 October, establishing a freight and passenger link between Europe and China that bypasses Russia.
Experts have warned that Visegrad countries, haunted by a wave of Euroscepticism and populism, can no longer aspire to be role models and “export” their experience with democratic transition to the Eastern Partnership countries. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
The changing political landscape should force Germany to step out of the shadow of its past and take a much more active role in Europe's defence and security, according to a new report published on Thursday (12 October).
Hungary will ask the European Union to review its ties with Ukraine over Kyiv's decision to scrap teaching subjects in languages of its ethnic minorities, including in Hungarian, from its secondary school curriculum.
Polish President Andrzej Duda outlined his vision for the future of the EU during a speech to mark the opening of the academic year at the College of Europe campus in Warsaw last week. EURACTIV Poland reports.
“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.
An ambitious gas pipeline project connecting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria received a shot in the arm on Thursday (28 September), when all of the involved parties signed a memorandum of understanding for the project, a vital part of Europe's efforts to wean itself off Russian gas.
I remember Ukraine as a friendlier place. But my country’s recent uptick of expelling foreigners it considers inconvenient belies a less hospitable, darker trend. The government that grew out of Ukraine’s 2014 “Revolution of Peoples’ Dignity” now has some Ukrainians reminiscing about the more tolerant, less corrupt government it overthrew, writes Serhiy Lyovochkin.
More than two decades after Azerbaijan and Armenia fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mixture of Azerbaijani bribes and oil politics has kept European institutions out of the disputed region. It is time for the EU to free itself from this grip and stand for its values in the Caucasus, argues Nicolas Tavitian.
When countries in Central and Eastern Europe joined the EU, their expectations were high. Above all, they thought that they would quickly reach a Western standard living, Irah Kučerová told EURACTIV Czech Republic.
A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament - where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.
To say the EU’s ability to promote values through external action is declining may be an understatement. This time the observation is made in a report aimed at improving and making more coherent Union diplomacy and the way the bloc's taxpayer money is spent.
European sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis should be phased out gradually if an internationally agreed ceasefire deal was implemented, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday (11 September).
The conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists has claimed more than 10,000 lives since it erupted in 2014.
Germany and France have …