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Central Asia 06-11-2017

EU hesitates to recognise Kazakhstan as European

Kazakhstan is searching for a post-Soviet identity somewhere between its traditional Kazakh and Turkish cultures, Europe and multiculturalism, diplomats have told EURACTIV. But Europe has been slow to forge closer ties with the young country, despite its strategic location and potential.

Europe's East 27-10-2017

V4 no longer a role model for Eastern Partnership countries

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.

Armenia 02-10-2017

Armenia urged to ‘do homework’ to prepare for visa-free travel

Armenia’s government has been urged to start “internal preparations” for visa liberalisation, the process for which could be started at a summit in November.

Development Policy 13-09-2017

Report: EU capacity to promote ‘values’ in the developing world declining

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.

Central Asia 05-09-2017

Minister: Multiculturalism flourishes in Kazakhstan

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister, spoke to EURACTIV.com about nuclear disarmament, relations with the big powers and his country’s example when it comes to multiculturalism.

Politics 20-07-2017

Estonian ambassador: Trump is right, Europe should pay for own defence

Estonian Ambassador to Poland Harri Tiido explained the priorities of his country’s EU Presidency and talked about the current challenges facing Europe, in an interview with EURACTIV.pl.

Europe's East 17-07-2017

Georgia: Failing democratic transition or Eastern Partnership success story?

To the untrained eye, Georgia’s European future looks secure. Yet, zoom in closer and Georgia is quickly turning into another oligarchic regime in the region, where political competition and free speech are on the wane. Salome Samadashvili calls on Brussels to act.

Azerbaijan 14-11-2016

EU to launch negotiations for a new agreement with Azerbaijan

EU foreign ministers decided today (14 November) to start negotiating a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan, replacing the Association agreement proposed in 2010, which had omitted to take into account Baku’s view about the future of relations.

Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU ministers redefine policy with Russia, Eastern neighbours

The foreign ministers of the 28 EU countries have redefined yesterday (17 October) the Union foreign policy priorities for 2016 and the basis of its relations with Russia and the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.

Europe's East 07-10-2016

Georgia’s achievements must be recognised

Georgia has made big changes to meet its commitments to the EU. We must recognise this and not let them down on the question of visa-free travel, writes Heidi Hautala.

Europe's East 01-09-2016

Auditors expose failures in EU assistance to Moldova

The European Court of Auditors published a very critical assessment  today (1 September) of the way the Commission spends EU money in Moldova, a country associated with the EU and with an ambition to join the Union in the longer term.

Euro & Finance 06-07-2016

The 2017 EU budget: How to tackle current crisis without endangering economic growth

The European budget is vital for research, SMEs, job creation and tackling the EU’s external challenges. The European Parliament must fight to ensure this budget is up to the task, writes Siegfried Muresan.

Enlargement 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.

Azerbaijan 26-05-2016

Release of jailed journalist signals improvement of Azerbaijan-EU relations

Azerbaijan yesterday (25 May) released jailed investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was convicted of corruption charges last year, prompting reactions welcoming the country’s move toward press freedom and rule of law.

Global Europe 18-05-2016

Valdai and EPC think-tanks discuss EU-Russia’s ‘new normal’

The Russian ‘Valdai Club’ and the European Policy Centre, a Brussels think tank, failed to agree yesterday (17 May) on ways to move forward EU-Russia relations - instead comparing the ‘new normal’ of the relationship with the grey skies that Brussels residents have no other choice but to accept.

Energy 02-05-2016

EPP takes strong position against Nord Stream 2

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, has taken a strong position against Nord Stream 2, a Gazprom-favoured project to bring additional Russian gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Europe's East 01-04-2016

Moldova wants to be the Eastern Partnership’s poster child

Brussels should continue to focus on Eastern Partnership countries which help deliver results, both in terms of internal policies and geopolitics, writes Andrian Candu.

Armenia 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.

Armenia 30-11-2015

Azeri Ambassador: Azerbaijan and EU need to build a perspective

Azerbaijan’s relations vis-à-vis Europe should concentrate on creating future perspectives and overcoming current challenges, the Azarbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Med & South 18-11-2015

EU urgently needs new neighbourhood policies

There will never be a common foreign and security policy worthy of the name unless the EU manages to redefine its neighbourhood policies, writes Michael Leigh.

Enlargement 17-11-2015

Visa-free travel is logical next step in Georgia’s EU integration journey

Georgia is a success story for the Eastern Partnership and for EU soft power, writes Irakli Garibashvili. Yet the country needs to go further to secure the stability of our region and to shore up human rights.

Azerbaijan 15-09-2015

The EU should reward, not punish its loyal partner Azerbaijan

The European Union’s double standards in its dealings with Azerbaijan are damaging to the trust of a people that embraces European values, writes Ceyhun Osmanl?.

Europe's East 07-09-2015

Why Northern Kazakhstan will not follow Eastern Donbass

Similarly to Ukraine, post-Soviet Kazakhstan is also asserting its national identity, but the absence of EU ambition toward Astana and its participation in the Eurasian Union preserves the country from a Donbass-type scenario, writes Michael Emerson

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.