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Global Europe 24-05-2022

Pro-Russian ex-president of Moldova detained for ‘treason’

Moldova on Tuesday (24 May) detained pro-Russian ex-president Igor Dodon on suspicion of treason and corruption, prosecutors said, as the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine has heightened tensions in the country seeking EU membership.

Greece said it blocked hundreds of migrants from crossing Aegean

Greece said on Monday (23 May) it had prevented around 600 migrants from crossing the Aegean into its territorial waters from neighbouring Turkey, in the largest attempted entry this year.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Sicily judge to weigh trial of migrant rescue NGOs

Charities running migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean face a pre-trial hearing in Sicily Saturday (21 May) over alleged collusion with people traffickers after a controversial probe that involved mass wiretapping.
Enlargement 23-05-2022

France sees no EU entry for Ukraine before ’15 or 20 years’

A bid by Ukraine to join the European Union would not be finalised for "15 or 20 years," France's Europe minister said Sunday (22 May), pouring cold water on Kyiv's hopes for quick entry in the wake of Russia's invasion.
Global Europe 23-05-2022

Global elites return to Davos under Ukraine storm

The Davos summit of global political and business elites returns Monday (23 May) after a Covid-induced two-year break to face another momentous crisis: Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Azerbaijan 23-05-2022

Armenia, Azerbaijan leaders discuss ‘peace treaty’ over Nagorno-Karabakh

The leaders of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed in a Brussels meeting Sunday (22 May) to "advance discussions" on a peace treaty over a troubled region that saw a war break out in 2020, the European Council's president said.
Energy 22-05-2022

Russia halts gas supplies to Finland

Russia on Saturday (21 May) stopped providing natural gas to neighbouring Finland, which has angered Moscow by applying for NATO membership, after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles. Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow...
Global Europe 22-05-2022

Erdogan conditions support for Nordic nations’ NATO bids

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (21 May) said Turkey would not look "positively" on Sweden and Finland's NATO bids unless its terror-related concerns were addressed, despite broad support from other allies including the United States.
Enlargement 22-05-2022

Zelenskyy warns only diplomacy can end war, rejects alternative to EU enlargement

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned only a diplomatic breakthrough rather than an outright military victory can end Russia's war on his country, while pushing its case for EU membership.
Energy 20-05-2022

Namibia comes to Europe to sell its sunshine

As Europe struggles to decarbonise its economy and wean itself off Russian oil and gas, one of the world's sunniest and most arid nations is pitching itself to the continent as an answer to its problems.
Europe's East 20-05-2022

Davos returns under Ukraine cloud after Covid break

The world's political and business elite will hobnob in Davos next week after a two-year break caused by Covid, with the Ukraine war set to dominate the exclusive Swiss mountain summit.
Central Asia 20-05-2022

Tajikistan detains 114 over clashes in troubled region

Police in Tajikistan said Thursday (19 May) over 100 people were arrested in a "counter-terror operation" after fatal clashes roiled an eastern region that the authoritarian regime has long struggled to control.
Electric vehicles 19-05-2022

Most automakers fall short on climate goals: report

Only two of the world's 12 top automakers plan to make enough electric vehicles by 2030 to stay in step with Paris Agreement climate goals, experts said Wednesday (18 May).
Global Europe 19-05-2022

Borrell: Togo attack ‘shows terrorism is spreading’

Around 15 assailants were killed during a "terrorist" attack last week in the north of Togo that also left eight soldiers dead, a minister said Wednesday (18 May).
Europe's East 19-05-2022

G7 finance ministers to thrash out Ukraine aid plan

G7 partners meet Thursday (19 May) hoping to find a solution for Kyiv's budget troubles as the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to roil the global economy.
Central Asia 19-05-2022

Nine dead, 24 wounded in clashes in restive Tajikistan region

Clashes between Tajik security forces and "terrorists" killed nine people and wounded two dozen in a restive region bordering Afghanistan and China, the interior ministry said on Wednesday (18 May).
Non-discrimination 17-05-2022

Bulgarian officials ordered to provide ID for lesbian couple’s baby

A Bulgarian court on Monday (16 May) ordered city hall authorities in the capital Sofia to issue a birth certificate to the stateless baby of a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar.
Energy 16-05-2022

Iran considering gas exports to Europe: official

Iran is considering the possibility of exporting gas to Europe, an oil ministry official said Sunday (15 May) against the backdrop of soaring energy prices due to Russia's war in Ukraine.
Global Europe 16-05-2022

US, EU to boost coordination on semiconductor supply, Russia

The United States and the European Union plan to announce on Monday (16 May) a joint effort aimed at identifying semiconductor supply disruptions as well as countering Russian disinformation, officials said.
Languages & Culture 15-05-2022

Folk rappers from Ukraine win Eurovision in musical morale boost

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest Sunday (15 May) with an infectious hip-hop folk melody, as the embattled nation rides a wave of public support across Europe.
Global Europe 14-05-2022

Georgia’s separatist region of South Ossetia to hold referendum on joining Russia

The leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Friday (13 May) set 17 July as a date for a referendum on joining Russia.
Global Europe 13-05-2022

Lavrov says EU becoming ‘aggressive, militant, NATO appendage’

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday (13 May) said he doubted the motives of Ukraine's intention of joining the European Union, while accusing Brussels of ambitions beyond the European continent.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2022

Putin says sanctions hurting West more than Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Western countries were worse hit by sanctions imposed on Moscow over Ukraine than Russia, which he insists has been resilient in the face of "external challenges".
Global Europe 13-05-2022

Qatar, EU say pushing stalled Iran nuclear talks

Qatar's emir and the EU on Thursday (12 May) said they are working to push forward stalled negotiations aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers.