Armenia

Central Asia 13-09-2018

TRACECA could have been the backbone of Belt and Road

In the early 1990’s, the EU had actually paved the way for Euro-Asian connectivity programmes with TRACECA, a programme meant to promote regional transport dialogue. However, its attention to the initiative dwindled over the years, writes Nicola Contessi.
Azerbaijan 27-08-2018

Merkel holds ‘intensive’ discussions in Azerbaijan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held what she called "intensive" discussions with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in talks that addressed energy cooperation, human rights, and the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
07-08-2018

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: the basic prerequisites for a sustainable and lasting peace

A sustainable and lasting settlement is attainable but Azerbaijan should commit itself to peace, writes Armenian diplomat Rima Karapetyan.  
20-07-2018

Prankster strikes again, catches Juncker out on Putin, Trump

In a recorded telephone call with a prankster impersonating Armenia's new prime minister, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker described Russian President Vladimir Putin as his friend but said US President Donald Trump couldn’t understand what the world is about.
Azerbaijan 05-07-2018

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Between lasting peace and eternal war

A solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible but hostile rhetoric is counter-productive argues Hikmat Hajiyev.
Azerbaijan 27-06-2018

Azerbaijan asserts its power in the South Caucasus

A minor escalation carries an important message. Russia has reason to support Azerbaijan’s move in Nakhchivan, as its primary imperative in the South Caucasus is to prevent any country from moving too far into the Western camp, writes Xander Snyder.
Azerbaijan 28-05-2018

France to intensify efforts to end Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

France plans to intensify efforts to find a solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.
Azerbaijan 17-05-2018

MEP Nicolai: European Parliament is sometimes arrogant with EU’s neighbours

The EU has already failed in the Mediterranean and is hardly a relevant player there. Now it risks being isolated if it repeats the same mistake with its Eastern neighbours, Norica Nicolai, the European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement, told EURACTIV.
11-05-2018

The Brief: Smooth velvet

Away from the spotlight, while Europe was biting its nails over Trump and Iran, one of the continent’s most far-flung corners had itself a peaceful revolution this week. It may be too early to tell, but it’s worth asking: Could...
09-05-2018

Armenia’s revolutionary PM: ‘Deepened relations with EU’ on agenda

New Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan used his first day in power on Wednesday (9 May) to call for deeper relations with both the European Union and Russia, as well as insisting that the public support that swept him to his new job will help build a majority government.
08-05-2018

Armenia’s peaceful revolution yields new leader

Armenia’s parliament voted in favour of a new prime minister on Tuesday (8 May) as the romantically dubbed ‘love and solidarity revolution’ peacefully put the Caucasus republic’s opposition party in power.
02-05-2018

Armenia protest leader calls for general strike

The leader of an Armenian protest movement that forced the country's veteran leader to step down announced on Tuesday (1 May) a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after the ruling party thwarted his bid to take over as prime minister.
30-04-2018

Armenia opposition leader calls for popular support ahead of crucial vote

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was formally nominated on Monday (30 April) for the post of prime minister by his supporters, inching closer to victory after two weeks of mass protests that have transformed the country's political landscape.
27-04-2018

Armenian protests leader: We didn’t allow any international actor to get involved

"What we have in Armenia is a fantastically working revolution," said Armen Grigoryan, one of the leaders of the “Reject Serzh“ movement, organising Armenia's ongoing nation-wide protests. EURACTIV.sk reports.
Global Europe 27-04-2018

Analysts: Armenia street protests pose no danger to Kremlin

The Kremlin is famous for its hatred of “colour revolutions” but Armenian protests present no danger to Moscow because the rallies eschew anti-Russian slogans and Yerevan is hugely dependent on Moscow’s military and economic aid. Over the past days Moscow...
25-04-2018

EU applauds peaceful ousting of Armenia’s Sargsyan

The EU stated that it “takes note” of the resignation of the Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan following eleven days of protests against his rule and that they “applaud” the peaceful nature of the changes.
23-04-2018

Armenia PM resigns after days of mass protests

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan said on Monday (23 April) he would resign to help maintain peace in the ex-Soviet republic following daily street protests since before he took up the post on April 17.
23-04-2018

Police in Armenia detain opposition leaders, protesters

Police in Armenia detained three opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters on Sunday (22 April), drawing a rebuke from the European Union after demonstrators demanded newly appointed Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan quit.
20-04-2018

Armenian president calls for dialogue as opposition chants ‘Say no to Serzh’

Armenian President Armen Sargsyan on Thursday (19 April) called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month.
18-04-2018

Thousands protest in Armenian capital as Sargsyan approved as PM

Tens of thousands rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday (17 April) after ex-president Serzh Sargsyan was elected prime minister by the country’s parliament despite several days of protests, an AFP journalist reported from the scene. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan...
17-04-2018

Thousands protest Sargsyan’s PM bid in Armenia, several hurt in scuffles

Around 6,000 gathered in Armenia's capital on Monday (16 April) in protest at what the opposition calls a power grab by former president Serzh Sargsyan and several people were injured in scuffles with police.
12-04-2018

Armenia and Azerbaijan simultaneously re-boot their leaders

Armenia's Serzh Sargsyan was nominated yesterday (11 April) to be the country's prime minister, days after he stepped down as president. On the same Azerbaijan strongman Ilham Aliyev secured a fourth consecutive term in an early election.
Azerbaijan 09-04-2018

Game of thrones in Armenia and Azerbaijan

There is little doubt that the winner of the snap presidential election in Azerbaijan on Wednesday (11 April) will be its incumbent head of state, Ilham Aliyev. More interesting is the motive for such a move - which may well be the wish to counter the consolidation of power in arch-foe Armenia.
Europe's East 21-03-2018

Ukraine says DCFTAs outdated, need deep review

One of the key messages from the EURACTIV debate on the Eastern Partnership – “Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020” held on March 20 in Brussels was that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with these countries need a revamp.