World

Cybersecurity 24-04-2017

Minister: Russia hacked Danish defence for two years

Russia has hacked the Danish defence and gained access to employees' emails in 2015 and 2016, NATO member Denmark's defence minister told newspaper Berlingske on Sunday (23 April).

Global Europe 24-04-2017

Merkel encouraged US will consider EU free trade deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fueled expectations of a future EU-US trade deal on Sunday (23 April), saying she was "very encouraged" talks were being looked at after her recent trip to Washington.

Global Europe 24-04-2017

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday (23 April).

Global Europe 21-04-2017

New Venezuela protest clashes follow deadly unrest

New clashes erupted Thursday (20 April) between Venezuelan riot police and President Nicolas Maduro's opponents, inflaming tensions after a day of deadly unrest in the beleaguered oil-rich nation.

Elections 21-04-2017

IMF warns against protectionism as Trump, Brexit loom

The International Monetary Fund renewed its warnings against protectionism yesterday (20 April) as nationalist political trends threaten trade integration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Global Europe 20-04-2017

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to influence 2016 US election

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former US officials told Reuters.

Politics 20-04-2017

Tillerson accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ as US reviews policy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Iran on Wednesday (19 April) of 'alarming ongoing provocations' to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran.

Europe's East 19-04-2017

Moldova granted observer status in Eurasian Union

Moldova has been granted observer status by the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), in another shift towards Moscow following the election of its new pro-Russian president. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Europe's East 13-04-2017

Trump: NATO ‘no longer obsolete’

After less than three months in office, President Donald Trump has abruptly shifted his stance on an array of foreign policy issues from the US relationship with Russia and China to the value of the NATO alliance.

Global Europe 13-04-2017

Benjamin Barber: Populism is losing its lustre

We live in an interdependent world, where everyone can cross borders. But it’s easier to hate Muslims than to acknowledge the reality, political scientist Benjamin Barber told EURACTIV Poland.

Global Europe 12-04-2017

Putin says trust erodes under Trump as Moscow receives Tillerson

Vladimir Putin said today (12 April) that trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

Global Europe 12-04-2017

White House accuses Russia of Syria chemical attack ‘cover up’

The Trump Administration accused Russia on Tuesday (11 April) of trying to shield Syria's government from blame for a deadly gas attack, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought a Western message to Moscow condemning its support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

Executions decrease worldwide but number of death sentences spikes

Amnesty International's 2016 report shows that while there were fewer executions around the world than in 2015, more death sentences were handed down. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

What a US president wants and what he must do are two different things

Donald Trump may want the United States to be less involved in the world but the reality is that the US is deeply involved, writes George Friedman.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

Western pressure builds on Russia to break ties with Assad

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke yesterday (10 April) to US President Donald Trump and agreed that "a window of opportunity" exists to persuade Russia to break ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, her office said.

Elections 11-04-2017

Polish probe finds blast caused presidential jet crash

A fresh probe into the deadly 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia suggests an explosion likely caused the aircraft to break up in the air, investigators said yesterday (10 April).

Defence policy 10-04-2017

Schulz defies Trump, advocates disarmament

Angela Merkel’s main rival in this year’s German election said today (10 April) he would stress disarmament rather than military spending if he becomes chancellor after September’s vote, rejecting US pressure to spend more on defence.

Global Europe 10-04-2017

US asks for more time on climate policy at G7 meeting

The G7's advanced economies did not sign a joint declaration at the end of an energy meeting in Rome as the administration of US President Donald Trump needs more time to work on its climate policy, an Italian minister said today (10 April).

EU condemns bombing of Egyptian Coptic churches

At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday (9 April), prompting anger and fear among Christians and leading to troop deployments and the declaration of a three-month state of emergency.

Global Europe 10-04-2017

Tillerson’s Moscow visit to test waters after US Syria strike

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow this week will be an early test of whether the Trump administration can use any momentum generated by striking a Syrian air base to craft and execute a strategy to end the Syrian war.

Global Europe 07-04-2017

EU heavyweights side with Trump following US Syria strike

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande spoke about the situation in Syria today (7 April) and want to continue efforts to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to account for "criminal acts", a statement from Berlin said.

Development Policy 07-04-2017

Hardly any Syrians at Syria donor conference

The EU needs to live up to its own commitments on national ownership and inclusivity to support the future of Syria, writes Alexandra Saieh.

Global Europe 07-04-2017

Trump orders toughest US military action in six-year Syria war

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (6 April) that he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Development Policy 06-04-2017

Donors pledge billions at Syria aid conference, NGOs say too little

International donors yesterday (5 April) pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this year at a conference overshadowed by a deadly chemical attack blamed by the West on Damascus.