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Global Europe 28-03-2017

Serbia on EU path seeks to improve ties with Moscow

Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will work hard to improve relations with its traditional ally Russia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić told Reuters ahead of a presidential election on Sunday (2 April).

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank, will testify

A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on yesterday (27 March) that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, in December.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

‘Dozens’ jailed in Belarus following weekend protest

More than 100 people in Belarus appeared in court on Monday ( 27 March) over protests at the weekend against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko, with dozens of them jailed, including journalists.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Now is not the time to isolate Belarus

The EU can encourage change in Belarus by offering support and closer ties. Punitive moves to sever ties with Minsk will undo much of the progress that has already been made, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.

Europe's East 27-03-2017

Russian should be mandatory in schools, says Moldovan president

Moldovan President Igor Dodon wants Russian to be made compulsory again in the Eastern European country’s schools, in another move towards Moscow. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Global Europe 27-03-2017

Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters

Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday (26 March), including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Politics 24-03-2017

Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Spence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit.

Global Europe 23-03-2017

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot in Kyiv

Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kyiv today (23 March).

Politics 23-03-2017

Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the US Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

Global Europe 23-03-2017

Belarus arrests opposition activists after rallies

Belarus arrested at least six opposition activists yesterday (22 March) as President Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on opponents after a wave of major protests against his authoritarian rule, a prominent local rights group said.

Europe's East 23-03-2017

Ukraine-Russia conflict engulfs Eurovision song contest

The host of this year's Eurovision song contest, Ukraine, has banned Russia's entry from the country after it emerged that she performed in Crimea back in 2015.

Defence policy 22-03-2017

EU defence policy ready for psychiatric treatment

Calls for a more militarised Europe have grown and grown, while the EU Council recently concluded that “Europe must commit additional resources” to defence. But increasing military expenditure is not the way forward, warn Bram Vranken and Laëtitia Sédou.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Bulgarian election candidates hit out at Turkey meddling

The two main candidates in Bulgaria's upcoming parliamentary election singled out Turkey yesterday (20 March) in separate interviews with AFP for what they see as interference in the campaign.

Politics 21-03-2017

US prioritise Russia, China ties over NATO allies

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a meeting with NATO foreign ministers next month in order to stay home for a visit by China's president and will go to Russia later in April, US officials said yesterday (20 March), disclosing an itinerary that allies may see as giving Moscow priority over them.

Politics 20-03-2017

New US-led force to deter Russia in Poland from April

A US-led battalion of more than 1,100 soldiers will be deployed in Poland from the start of April, a US commander said on Monday, as the alliance sets up a new force in response to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The Presidency: Clear and present dangers
Politics 20-03-2017

The Presidency: Clear and present dangers

The enemy isn’t just at the gates. The enemy is within. Europe is facing multiple fronts in the battle to preserve peace and security for its citizens.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

Global Europe 20-03-2017

Think tank slams Mogherini for not taking Russian disinformation seriously

A Czech think tank has slammed EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini for spending two years avoiding taking the Russian disinformation threat seriously. The appeal has been signed by high-profile personalities such as Russia’s Gary Kasparov and a former president of Estonia.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Austrian bank helps Russia provide passports to Donetsk, Lugansk inhabitants

The Russian arm of Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International is preparing to offer services to people holding passports from two self-proclaimed republics in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, the head of the bank said yesterday (16 March).

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Merkel to also meet Trump ‘as envoy of Europe’

Donald Trump hosts Germany's Angela Merkel at the White House today (17 March), a meeting delayed by a snowstorm and still clouded by a storm of words between the two ostensible allies.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Lithuanian MP faces impeachment over Russia ties

A member of Lithuania's parliament is facing impeachment proceedings and an investigation into whether his ties to Russian business and media posed a threat to national security.

Elections 17-03-2017

Albania warns Macedonia not to bring ethnic twist to crisis

Albania yesterday (16 March) warned Macedonia, where Albanians make up around a quarter of the population, not to try and turn a political crisis into an ethnic one.

Europe's East 17-03-2017

Crimea annexation anniversary triggers reactions in US, EU

The US yesterday (16 March) condemned once again Russia's Crimea annexation, vowing to maintain sanctions until Moscow returns the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine. The EU prolonged personal sanctions and the European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Armenia 15-03-2017

Armenian president: Stronger ties with both EU and Russia a priority

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV's partner EFE defended his country’s complementary approach to relations with both the EU and the Moscow-backed Eurasian Union.