He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So went the Abba Eban-penned 1973 slogan used to describe the late PLO chief, Yasser Arafat, who was routinely blamed for failing to secure peace with Israel.
Finland is set to embrace a decarbonised future by increasing carbon taxes and introducing laws in 2018 that will begin to phase out the use of coal, with more nuclear capacity waiting to offer an alternative fuel source.
Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roman Vassilenko, sheds light on important new developments in Central Asia, little known in the EU, and on the role of his country in major international issues.
Kazakhstan inaugurated a Low Enriched Uranium Bank on Tuesday (29 August), backed by the IAEA. The EU, one of the project's biggest donours, hailed it as a “success for international cooperation” on non-proliferation. EURACTIV.com reports from Ust-Kamenogorsk and Astana.
Work on the Russian-financed expansion of a Hungarian nuclear plant will begin in January, Hungary's foreign minister said Monday (29 August) after talks in Budapest between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
African and European leaders gathered in Paris on Monday (28 August) to broach the subject of migration, where support was expressed for moving the EU’s external border into Africa itself, so that asylum applications can be handled locally. EURACTIV France reports.
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to flesh out his plans for Europe in a speech on Tuesday (29 August), after a weekend poll showed his "dissatisfaction rating" rising to 57%, up from 43% in July.
A campaign to plant enough trees to offset Donald Trump’s climate policies is under way. Organisers hope to plant ten billion trees by 24 December 2017, with the last one being a Christmas tree planted in front of the White House.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday (24 August) stressed Washington's commitment to helping Ukraine's military, and said sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow reversed its policy on Ukraine.
Germany's ex-chancellor hasn’t yet formally left Gazprom, but has already announced he will join Russian-owned oil company Rosneft. His taste for Russian money repels many Germans. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.
The State Department congratulated Lithuania on Wednesday (23 August) for receiving the first shipment of liquified natural gas from the US. The move follows Donald Trump’s visit to Warsaw last month, where he promoted American LNG exports.
Poland will allocate an additional 200 billion zlotys (€46.6 billion) on defence over the next 15 years to modernize its army amid signs of growing aggression from Russia, a deputy defence minister said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has named Vladimir Antonov as Russia’s next ambassador to Washington, the Kremlin announced yesterday (21 August). Antonov is a former defence official who is subject to EU sanctions over his role in the conflict in Ukraine.
A Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month, the court's ruling showed on Sunday (20 August).
Kazakhstan is boosting its role in international and regional affairs by providing a platform for negotiations and being intermediary between the superpowers. Astana’s ambitions to modernise the country are genuine, said Danila Bochkarev.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder hit back at criticism of his planned new job at Russian oil producer Rosneft on Thursday (17 August), accusing his foes of political manoeuvring to help get Angela Merkel re-elected.
Of all the EU capitals, London and Berlin have reacted most strongly to Donald Trump’s reluctance to forcefully condemn white supremacists after a woman was killed during a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday (12 August).