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Europe's East 18-08-2017

Three risks and three scenarios for Ukraine

Between 2014 and 2017, Ukraine's leadership failed to transform the country's old post-Soviet Russia oligarchic system into a European and Western-style democracy. The transformation is inefficient and slow, and this entails risk, writes Roman Rukomeda.

Enlargement 17-08-2017

UN official: Kosovo deadlock has hurt country’s economy

Kosovo's failure to form a government two months after snap elections has hurt the country economically and socially, the head of the UN mission there said on Wednesday (17 August).

Politics 16-08-2017

Sweden to raise military budget by €11 billion through 2020

Sweden's armed forces will get an extra 8.1 billion crowns over the coming three years to boost defense capabilities in the face of increased tension with Russia in the Baltics, the center-left minority government said on Wednesday (16 August).

Enlargement 02-08-2017

Bulgaria pledges to champion Macedonia’s EU and NATO dreams

The European Union has welcomed the signing of a bilateral treaty between Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in which the EU member has promised to support the latter’s EU integration.

Cybersecurity 28-07-2017

EU cybersecurity exercise focuses on ‘quasi-democratic’ country and anti-globalisation group

An EU exercise to test countries' ability to react to cybersecurity attacks will focus on threats from terrorist groups, “a quasi-democratic country” and anti-globalisation groups.

Cybersecurity 20-07-2017

Ansip plans new EU cybersecurity centre

EU digital chief Andrus Ansip wants to set up a new office to certify the cybersecurity level of technology products -- which would make them more competitive globally -- as part of an overhaul of the bloc's rules in September.

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.

Languages & Culture 19-07-2017

Macedonia says ‘FYROM’ name no better than ‘Klingon’

Macedonia rejected suggestions on Wednesday (18 July) it could end a row with Greece over its name by adopting an unwieldy acronym instead, saying it was as alien as the "Klingon" language in Star Trek.

Politics 17-07-2017

Romania says Patriot missile buy meant to boost defence

Romanian military purchases are not intended to put strain on relations with nearby Russia but to strengthen the country's defences, President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday (15 July).

Global Europe 17-07-2017

Greek FM: EU should be louder against Turkish ‘intervention rights’ in member states

EXCLUSIVE / In a wide-ranging interview, Greece's foreign minister on Sunday (16 July) outlined his country's position on the failed Cyprus reunification talks, scolding UN envoy Espen Barth Eide and rejecting "interventions rights" for Turkey in any future settlement. He also warned against expecting any breakthrough with FYROM.

Enlargement 14-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Will the EU ever get the Western Balkans right?

The EU's fast-and-loose approach to the Western Balkans has never been more evident than in the last few years.

Politics 13-07-2017

Be strong or die: Why Europe must become a superpower

The European Union desperately needs power. Not only to push forward but to survive, write Piotr Arak and Greg Lewicki.

Global Europe 13-07-2017

Trump heads to Paris but Russia scandal travels with him

US President Donald Trump was today (13 July) headed to Paris, hoping to find respite from the deepening scandal over alleged Russian efforts to secure his White House victory that has ensnared his eldest son.

Politics 12-07-2017

Ukraine Association Agreement deal sealed ahead of Kyiv summit

After years of delay, the EU formally approved on Tuesday (11 July) the Association Agreement with Ukraine, ahead of a high-profile summit in Kyiv beginning on Wednesday (12 July).

Global Europe 11-07-2017

Ukraine seeks route into NATO

Ukraine will begin discussions with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on an action plan with the aim of joining the US-led alliance, its leader said on Monday (10 July), while the country would work on reforms to meet membership standards by 2020.

Global Europe 11-07-2017

Russian ‘aid centre’ in Serbia rebuffs spy fears

Showing off tents, lifeboats and other rescue equipment at the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Centre, co-director Viacheslav Vlasenko laughs at Western suspicions that his workplace is a front for a spy operation.

Defence policy 11-07-2017

US deploys advanced anti-aircraft missiles in Baltics for first time

The United States deployed a battery of Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles in Lithuania to be used in NATO wargames from Tuesday (11 July) – the first time the advanced defence system has been brought to the Baltics where Russia has air superiority.

Central Europe 07-07-2017

Trump in Poland: It’s history, stupid!

Donald Trump’s visit to Poland is a fulfilment of the Law and Justice’s (PiS) wildest dreams. In his speech, Trump lavished Polish politicians with praise. Smiling Polish leaders, scorned in EU corridors and plenaries, now finally found their true ally and friend, writes Karolina Zbytniewska.

Freedom of thought 07-07-2017

In Warsaw, Trump gently criticises Russia

President Donald Trump affirmed the US commitment to the defence of NATO allies yesterday (6 July) in a Warsaw speech that gently criticised Russia, and he said Western civilization must stand up to "those who would subvert and destroy it".

Economy & Jobs 06-07-2017

Spain joins Poland in opposing EU posted workers law

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, last week reaffirmed their commitment to the European project but reiterated their concerns about the EU’s posted workers directive. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Central Europe 06-07-2017

Trump arrives in Warsaw, kicking off second Europe trip

Donald Trump arrived for high-stakes visit to Europe yesterday evening (5 July), landing in Poland ahead of his first G20 summit in Hamburg and a closely-watched meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Europe's East 05-07-2017

Take Two for Trump in talks with unnerved European allies

US President Donald Trump will get a chance to patch up transatlantic ties this week when he meets with NATO allies still rattled by his failure on an earlier trip to embrace the principle that an attack against one member is an attack against all.

Global Europe 04-07-2017

US no longer a ‘friend’ in Merkel election programme

In their campaign programme for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have dropped the term "friend" in describing the relationship with the United States.

Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.