Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

Europe's East 09-07-2020

Ukraine: Poroshenko cases unfold into a ‘tik-tok’ war

A Kyiv district court has decided not to order pre-trial restrictive measures against former President Petro Poroshenko, and the country's prosecutor general accused his defence team of attempting to stall the process by questioning "absolutely everything".
Central Asia 09-07-2020

Kazakhstan President addresses the nation, announces national day of mourning

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a series of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday (8 July), warning his countrymen that the situation remains serious and declaring 13 July a national day of mourning in memory of the pandemic's victims.
Central Europe 08-07-2020

Kazakhstan well poised to tackle digital learning but challenges remain

Kazakstan’s education and skills policies will be crucial for the Central Asian country’s economic recovery and efforts to avoid the digital divide, experts say. Some 78% of Kazakhstan’s population are internet users and the country has one of the lowest...
08-07-2020

‘Uncensored’ debate features three speeches and no dissenting voices

Leaders of Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia spoke of the threat of regional conflicts and the need to reestablish the power-balance in Europe in the wake of Brexit and COVID-19 crisis during an online conference on Wednesday (8 July). The debate...
Central Europe 07-07-2020

Nur-Sultan’s financial hub to be at heart of Kazakhstan’s recovery and greening

With the support of authorities and growing green credentials, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) is well placed to play a key role in the country's recovery and sustainable economic development, experts say.
Central Asia 06-07-2020

Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev turns 80 amid celebrations marred by new lockdown

Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev turns 80 on Monday (6 July) but the streets in the Central Asian country are set to be empty as a new period of lockdown begins and celebrations of his birthday and the 'national capital day', have been cancelled or moved online.
Europe's East 03-07-2020

MEPs alarmed by ‘politically motivated persecution’ in Ukraine

"We are alarmed by continuous attempts to misuse the Ukrainian justice system for politically motivated persecution of political opponents," said lawmakers from the informal Friends of European Ukraine group in a statement on Friday (3 July).
Europe's East 02-07-2020

Ukraine central bank governor’s resignation could jeopardise EU loan, Commission says

The EU's €1.2 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) programme for Ukraine "could be jeopardised" should the International Monetary Fund (IMF) consider its programme with  Kyiv "off-track" because of the recent resignation of the country's central bank governor, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 02-07-2020

Ukraine’s central bank governor resigns, citing ‘systematic political pressure’

Ukraine's central bank governor handed in his resignation on Wednesday (1 July) prompting worried responses from Western partners and casting a shadow on the country's new IMF loan program.
01-07-2020

French MEPs visit Crimea illegally to observe Russia’s constitutional vote

Ukraine's ambassador to the EU has written to European Parliament President David Sassoli to condemn a move by a group of French MEPs who are visiting the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.
Europe's East 26-06-2020

Poroshenko called in for questioning ahead of court date

Ukraine's former president, Petro Poroshenko, will be questioned by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) on Tuesday (30 June) ahead of his court hearing the next day.
Enlargement 24-06-2020

Montenegro to open final chapter in talks to join the EU amid domestic tensions

The European Commission has given Montenegro a green light to open the last chapter, competition, of its accession negotiations to join the EU, the Western Balkan country's Prime Minister Duško Marković announced on Tuesday (23 June).
Global Europe 22-06-2020

Georgia looking for EU formal statement on ‘European perspective,’ party boss says

Georgia hopes it will "quite soon formally get a statement about the so-called European perspective", the executive secretary of the ruling Georgian Dream party and former chairman of the Eastern European country's parliament told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 19-06-2020

Eastern Partnership teleconference sets priorities for summit in spring

EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) heads of state and governments as well as European institution leaders met on Thursday  (18 June) to discuss the COVID-19 crisis as well as reaffirm the strategic partnership and discuss its future. However, the talks...
Freedom of thought 18-06-2020

Top EU court strikes down Hungary’s NGO financing law

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Thursday (18 June) that the restrictions imposed on the financing of civil organisations by foreigners in Hungary were "discriminatory and unjustified" and went against EU law.
Europe's East 18-06-2020

Ukraine ambassador offers preview of Eastern Partnership virtual meeting

EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) heads of state and governments as well as European institution leaders are meeting via video link today (18 June) to underline the strategic importance of the partnership and discuss  long-term objectives.
Global Europe 18-06-2020

1% of the world’s population is now forcibly displaced, UN report says

79.5 million people have had to leave their homes as a result of persecution, violence and human rights abuses, among which 4 in 10 are children, according to the annual global trends report of the UN refugee agency, published today (18 June).
Politics 17-06-2020

Scepticism remains as Hungary prepares to phase out special powers act

The Hungarian Parliament passed legislation on Tuesday (16 June) that rescinds the controversial powers granted to Viktor Orbán's government at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, and approved "transitional arrangements" to phase it out.
Enlargement 12-06-2020

Skopje declares end of COVID emergency, paving the way for election in July

North Macedonian president announced the end of the state of emergency on Friday (12 June), indicating that general elections in the EU candidate country will go ahead in early July despite a spike in new COVID-19 cases.
Europe's East 10-06-2020

Following arrests, free elections are ‘key’ for EU-Belarus relations, Commission says

The EU has called for the release of a vlogger arrested in Belarus in May, as the challenges to the more than 25 year-long rule of the country’s strongman Alexander Lukashenko mount in the run-up to the presidential election in...
Politics 09-06-2020

Hungary launches national consultation targeting COVID-19, Soros and ‘debt slavery’

The Hungarian government on Monday evening (8 June) published the details of a nationwide survey seeking citizens' views on COVID-19 economic measures, the EU recovery plan, immigration, and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros.

EU lawmakers demand condemnation of police brutality in Europe

A group of 118 MEPs have called on the European Commission to condemn police brutality within the EU and convene an anti-racism summit on combatting structural discrimination in Europe, while urging member states to unblock an anti-discrimination law that has been stuck in the Council for 12 years.
Global Europe 03-06-2020

Commission to rely more on financial engineering for external action

The European Commission's fresh budget proposal is set to increase the overall financing available for external action but it will rely more on financial engineering, with guarantees and 'multiplier effects', than on traditional funding via the EU long-term budget.
Enlargement 02-06-2020

Várhelyi: EU hopefuls to conform to bloc’s electoral expectations

Parties in Albania need to deliver a 'crucial' agreement on electoral reform, while North Macedonia's vote must leave sufficient time and possibilities for campaigning, the EU's enlargement chief Olivér Várhelyi said on Tuesday (2 June), outlining the priorities for the two EU hopefuls before accession talks can start.
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