About: World War II

Global Europe 29-09-2017

The Munich conspiracy and peace in our time

As Europe marks today (29 September) another anniversary of the 1938 Munich agreement, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU Ambassador, Vladimir Chizhov, reminds what he calls “some noteworthy historical parallels”.

Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

Polish PM accuses Macron of pursuing ‘protectionism’ in EU

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "trying to introduce protectionism" on Wednesday (6 September) amid a clash over his proposals to overhaul a controversial EU rule on sending workers abroad.

Poland revives German war reparations demand

Eight years after the end of the Second World War, Poland renounced its claim to reparations from Germany. But its parliament is ignoring that and is once again calling on Berlin to pay up. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Electricity 01-08-2017

Undersea power cable soldiers on despite WWII bombs

A large-scale energy interconnector project linking the United Kingdom to mainland Europe is pressing on, despite the discovery of wartime bombs and mines in the cable’s path.

Enlargement 22-06-2016

Serbia sacks its Brussels ambassador

Serbia has sacked its ambassador to the EU Duško Lopandić, the official explanation being that he has been unable to prevent an exhibition in the European Parliament honouring a controversial figure in Yugoslavia’s history.

Enlargement 06-06-2016

Erdogan says will never accept genocide ‘blackmail’

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on 4 June Turkey would never accept charges the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians in World War I, saying the accusations were being used as "blackmail" against Ankara.

Enlargement 03-06-2016

Ankara to Berlin: You burned the Jews in ovens, and accuse Turkey of genocide

Turkey reacted with fury on Thursday (2 June) after the Bundestag labelled the World War I massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, threatening further measures.

Central Europe 27-08-2015

Polish city wants army’s help in securing ‘Nazi gold train’

City authorities in Wa?brzych, in southwest Poland, stated on Thursday (26 August) that they now know the supposed location of a fabled missing WWII Nazi German train, but that they will not proceed without state help. Radio Poland reports.

Brexit 24-07-2015

Obama urges UK to stay in EU

US President Barack Obama told the BBC in an interview excerpt that aired Thursday (23 July) that Britain must remain in the European Union to maintain its global influence.

Global Europe 06-05-2015

Serbian army to take part in Moscow parade

Serbia will take part in the 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II. Serbian officials are reported to be saying that this does not reflect Serbia’s attitude toward European integration, and its obligations at the helm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Global Europe 06-05-2015

Russia disappointed with EU leaders about WWII parade

Speaking to the press in Brussels on Tuesday (5 May), Russian Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov conveyed the message that the EU leaders who decided not to attend the 9 May celebration of the allied victory in World War II are in fact offending his country, who, in his opinion, made the greatest sacrifice to defeat Nazism.

Europe's East 28-04-2015

Russians seethe over Western snub of WWII parade

One of Boris Lisitsyn's happiest memories is of being swept by a huge, joyous crowd through the streets of Moscow and onto Red Square in spontaneous celebrations when World War Two ended in Europe.

Euro & Finance 07-04-2015

Greece puts a figure on Nazi reparations claims

Greece's deputy finance minister said yesterday (6 April) Germany owes Greece nearly €279 billion in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country.

Miloš Zeman. [Czech Radio].
Global Europe 06-04-2015

Czech president bans US ambassador from Prague Castle

President Milos Zeman has "closed the door" of Prague Castle to the U.S. ambassador following comments perceived as critical of the Czech's decision to attend a World War Two commemoration in Moscow, according to local media reports yesaterday (5 April).

Euro & Finance 24-03-2015

Merkel, Tsipras display goodwill, but differences persist

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a public display of mutual goodwill yesterday (23 March), appealing to Greeks and Germans to set aside national stereotypes and work for a better European future.

Euro & Finance 18-03-2015

Greece gains allies in Bundestag over WWII reparations dispute

First, only Germany’s Left Party was in favour of meeting Athens' demands for war reparations. Now politicians from the governing SPD, and the Greens support compensating Greece for the effects of atrocities committed by the Nazis during WWII. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Euro & Finance 12-03-2015

Greece raises World War II reparations issue, Germany unimpressed

Germany dismissed Greek demands to pay World War II reparations after leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Berlin of using legal tricks to avoid compensating Greece for the Nazi occupation of his country.

German Vice Chancellor and Energy and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel [The Council of the European Union]
Elections 10-02-2015

Germany rejects Greek claim for WWII reparations

Germany said on Monday (9 February) there was "zero" chance of it paying Nazi-era reparations to Athens, following a renewed demand from Greece's new leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Global Europe 04-02-2015

Russia and Poland trade accusations over WWII anniversary

Russia and Poland traded diplomatic barbs on Tuesday (3 February) over the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, in a sign of Moscow's worsening ties with Warsaw, the European Union's leading critic of its role in Ukraine.

Global Europe 29-10-2014

Merkel praises Belgium, EU at commemoration of battle of Ypres

Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised Belgium and the EU yesterday (28 October) at a ceremony commemorating the First Battle of Ypres. German troops marched into Belgium 100 years ago, during the first year of the Great War.

Central Europe 23-07-2014

Controversial monument divides Hungarians, angers Jewish community

Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports.

Languages & Culture 09-01-2014

Parliament gives belated recognition to Polish WWII hero

The story of Jan Karski, who has been described as a superspy during World War II, may be worthy of a Hollywood movie. However the man viewed as war hero in his native Poland has remained off the international radar, probably because his contributions to mankind - including the first revelations about the Holocaust - were disregarded by Western leaders and remain an embarrassment for the US and the UK.

Future EU 15-10-2012

The EU’s Nobel Peace Prize: Better late than never

People like Monnet, Schuman, Altiero Spinelli, Paul-Henri Spaak, Max Kohnstamm, Emile Noël, and Konrad Adenauer, amongst others, were all disappointingly overlooked by the Nobel Committee at the time of the EU’s genesis. Posthumously, this is their Nobel Peace Prize, argues Michael J. Geary.

Europe's East 04-01-2012

Estonia denies plan to honour Nazi veterans

Estonia rejects accusations that it plans to honour Estonians who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II as "freedom fighters", as reported by various European media, EURACTIV has learned.