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23/07/2016

“Whatever it takes” in Ukraine

Topic: Association agreement


Europe's East 05-07-2016

Georgia persists in its bid to join the EU

The Brexit vote has fuelled discussions in Georgia about the country’s hopes of joining the EU. Tbilisi has consistently assured the bloc that the country’s European choice is irreversible. But Georgia’s European bid still faces serious exams, writes Zaal Anjaparidze.
Europe's East 29-06-2016

Moldova’s foreign minister: We have been dubbed a ‘last chance government’

The new government has a clear road map of what it has to do, developed together with its EU partners, Andrei Galbur, Deputy Prime-Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 11-02-2016

Azerbaijan's rejection of EU association was an eye-opener for Brussels

Azerbaijan is the best example that the one-size-fits-all approach of the EU vis-à-vis its neighbours does not work, a Commission official admitted to an audience in Brussels.
Europe's East 27-01-2016

'Last chance' for Moldova's pro-EU government after mass protests

Moldova's new Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, said yesterday (26 January) that his government faces a "last chance" to regain public trust as the country a battles deep political crisis, calling for calm from protesters demanding his resignation.
Euro & Finance 25-01-2016

Diplomat: Dutch presidency will promote economic and environmental cooperation

The rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU fell to the Netherlands at the beginning of January 2016. EurActiv France spoke to Ed Kronenbug, the Dutch envoy to France, about the EU's top priorities over the next six months. 
Europe's East 21-01-2016

Protestors break into Parliament, as Moldova's new pro-EU government is approved

Moldovan lawmakers approved a new government yesterday (20 January), headed by a pro-European premier, amid chaotic scenes, as angry protesters entered parliament and opposition legislators tried to block the vote.
Europe's East 03-09-2015

Why not Belarus?

Belarus has shown signs of wanting to set aside its political differences with the EU and work towards an Association Agreement. Now it is up to the EU to act, writes Viktor Yengibaryan.
Europe's East 29-06-2015

Pro-EU candidate wins Chisinau election

The incumbent pro-European Union mayor of the capital of Moldova won the runoff vote against a pro-Russian opponent on Sunday (28 June), securing a third term in office, the country's electoral commission said Monday.
Europe's East 15-06-2015

Chisinau mayoral race pits pro-EU against pro-Russia candidates

The pro-European Union mayor of the capital of Moldova narrowly led the race against a pro-Russian opponent after local polls, electoral officials in the impoverished ex-Soviet country said today (15 June).
Europe's East 21-05-2015

Ukraine wants roadmap to EU accession at Riga summit

Ukraine's foreign minister said his country wants assurances at a summit with the European Union this week that it is a suitable candidate for EU membership, and that its citizens will gain visa-free travel to the bloc next year.
Europe's East 25-03-2015

Lifting the visa barrier for Georgians should be the EU response to Russia’s bullying tactics

A first and immediate step to respond to Russia’s objective to annex the territory of the former Soviet Union is visa liberalisation, writes David Bakradze.
Europe's East 13-01-2015

Latvia tempts Russia with lifting of sanctions

The European Union will consider lifting sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis only if there is "real progress" in implementing a four-month-old ceasefire deal, Latvia's foreign minister said yesterday (12 January).
Europe's East 17-12-2014

MEP vote for EU accord with Georgia will unleash mutual benefits

The benefits for Georgia of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement are beyond doubt. But the Union has also a lot to gain from this step, writes Tamar Beruchashvili.
Europe's East 01-12-2014

Difficult coalition talks expected after Moldova election

Moldova's three main pro-Europe parties appeared on course to be able to form a new coalition government, with most of the vote from an election yesterday (30 November) counted, despite the pro-Moscow Socialist Party taking first place, analysts said today.
Global Europe 26-11-2014

How Tolstoy might have portrayed the legacies of Yanukovich and Putin

The Kremlin has privileged politico-military-territorial objectives in Ukraine, while ignoring the economic consequences, and this begins to look like a strategic miscalculation, or Tolstoy’s “ill-directed will of one individual, and usurpation of power”, writes Michael Emerson.
Global Europe 18-11-2014

EU communication versus Russian propaganda

Russian propaganda is taking the EU off-guard. Some who still remember the Communist days say it is reaching heights unknown, since the end of the Cold War. Thirty years ago, this propaganda was on the defensive, while now Moscow is on the offensive, writes Georgi Gotev.
Europe's East 18-11-2014

Georgian PM reassures EU, NATO of his country’s orientation

Georgia's prime minister Irakli Garibashvili told the European Union and NATO yesterday (17 November) that his country remained firmly committed to integration with both organisations after his dismissal of a pro-Western minister caused a political crisis.
Europe's East 14-11-2014

Georgian opposition: Jailing political opponents leads to Putin

Giga Bokeria, of the Georgian opposition United National Movement (UNM), warned in the European Parliament yesterday (13 November), that intensifying political persecution in his country was favouring Russia, which already illegally occupies part of his country.
Europe's East 13-11-2014

EU-Moldova deal approved by MEPs

The European Parliament gave the green light to the EU-Moldova Association Agreement today (13 November), the first economic and political cooperation pact with a visa-free regime between a former Soviet state and the EU since the start of the Ukraine crisis.
Europe's East 10-11-2014

Senior Brussels official: Ukraine leadership ‘manipulating the EU’

The hard bargaining by Kyiv over gas has left a sour taste in EU circles, and the 28-member bloc is waking up to the need to better defend its interests, senior Brussels sources have said.
Europe's East 06-11-2014

Georgian coalition rocked by defections

Georgia's foreign minister quit yesterday (5 November) and one of six parties in the ruling coalition pulled out, depriving it of a parliamentary majority in a rift over the pace of integration with the West.
Global Europe 06-11-2014

UK, Germany offer plan to break Bosnia's EU deadlock

Britain and Germany put forward a plan on Wednesday (5 November) to revive Bosnia's stalled bid to join the European Union, offering to unlock EU funds in exchange for commitments to institutional reform from the country's yet-to-be-formed new government.
Europe's East 05-11-2014

Georgian PM sacks pro-Western defence minister

Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili fired his defence minister yesterday (4 November) hours after he criticised the arrests of several officials in his ministry as politically-motivated and aimed at those who favour better relations with the West.
Europe's East 25-09-2014

“Whatever it takes” in Ukraine

European policymakers have the tools and the intelligence to retain influence in Ukraine, but they would need to look to Mr Mario Draghi to find the right model for deploying them, write Jorge Mariscal and Nick Rice.