Eastern Europe

25-01-2022

Poland begins work on new EU-Belarus border wall

Polish contractors began work on Tuesday ( 25 January) on a 353-million euro wall along the Belarus border aimed at deterring migrant crossings following a crisis in the area last year.
06-01-2022

Medical charity pulls team from Poland-Belarus border migrant crisis

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has withdrawn its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw repeatedly blocked access to migrants there trying to enter the European Union, it said Thursday.
15-12-2021

Lightning fast annulment of Serbia’s decree restricting academic freedoms

Only days after its adoption, the Serbian government abolished a decree that would have prevented independent research in numerous areas, thereby calling academic freedoms into question and violating the constitutional right to freedom of expression.
16-11-2021

EU meets troubled Eastern Partners in run up to leaders’ summit

Despite proclamations of “strong commitment” to Eastern partners, the EU’s reluctance to fast-track integration for its most ambitious next-door neighbours is causing increasing frustration as top diplomats met in Brussels on Monday (15 November) to chart the policy’s future. EU...

EU accused of disregarding human rights when supporting law enforcement abroad

The EU has been accused of contributing to the development of ‘surveillance’ capacities in third countries without considering fundamental rights and data protection; according to a complaint filed with the European Ombudsman by a coalition of privacy NGOs.
Politics 24-09-2021

EU to Poland: protect human lives, allow Frontex to Belarus border

The EU executive asked Warsaw on Friday to allow Frontex staff on the Polish-Belarusian border where four migrants died while trying to cross into Europe amid an increase in irregular immigration the bloc blames on Minsk for orchestrating.
24-09-2021

Fifth migrant dies on Poland-Belarus border

An Iraqi migrant has died in Poland after being found near the border with Belarus, bringing to five the death toll this week on this eastern EU frontier.
07-09-2021

EU, US, NATO ‘enormously grateful’ for Georgia’s role in Kabul evacuations

As the dust settled following the dramatic evacuation at Kabul airport, the role of Georgia which provided critical assistance to the US and the Western partners is getting acknowledgement and praise.
Europe's East 23-08-2021

Ukraine vows to bring Crimea back as international leaders affirm support in Kyiv

An international summit initiated by Ukraine reaffirmed on Monday (23 August) international commitments to de-occupy Crimea, seven and a half years after Russian troops occupied the strategic Black Sea peninsula.
Europe's East 04-08-2021

Ukrainian president orders review of protection measures for Belarusians after activist’s death

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday ordered a review of the risks to Belarusians in Ukraine following the death of an activist.
Europe's East 03-08-2021

Ukraine vows to probe case of hanged Belarusian activist

Ukraine will do its best to investigate the death of Belarusian activist Vitaly Shishov who was found hanged in a Kyiv park, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday.
23-07-2021

Newer EU members support Associated Trio as ‘champions’

Though vast majority of EU countries welcome deeper integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, their "Associated Trio" initiative finds more support within Eastern and Central Europe, while the Commission and Western member states remain hesitant to adopt the term.
22-07-2021

Associated Trio to ramp up cooperation on Black Sea security

The confrontation between Russia and the West is coming to a head, experts say. In consequence, the Associated Trio – Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova – has declared its aims to step up cooperation to strengthen security in the Black Sea...
20-07-2021

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek acceptance of their EU membership perspective

A summit between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi culminated on Monday (19 July) with the signature of a declaration calling for the EU to acknowledge the perspective of these countries to become full EU members one day. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
19-07-2021

Charles Michel heralds more EU involvement in the South Caucasus

European Council President Charles Michel will attend a regional summit in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi on Monday (19 July), after a weekend visit of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in what appears as an attempt to keep the region closer to the EU. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
29-06-2021

Georgian parliament approves electoral reform, moving step away from political crisis

The Georgian parliament approved amendments to the electoral code late on Monday (28 June), a key provision in an EU-brokered political deal meant to resolve the institutional crisis in the South Caucasian country with strong European aspirations.
14-06-2021

Georgian mediation obtains the release of 15 Armenian POWs by Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan on Saturday (12 June) released to Armenia 15 prisoners of war captured last year during hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, under a deal mediated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and saluted by the US and the EU.
31-05-2021

Georgia opposition ends parliamentary boycott

Georgia's main opposition party on Sunday (30 May) announced the end of a months-long parliamentary boycott that has plunged the Caucasus nation into a spiralling political crisis, following disputed elections last year.
Politics 26-05-2021

Will the flight ban trap Belarusian dissidents in the hands of Lukashenko?

The EU has effectively banned air connections with Belarus in the wake of a forced diversion of a Vilnius-bound flight from Athens which the Baltic states have labelled a "hijacking", however critics of the move fear the new measures could hurt dissidents fleeing regime repression.
26-05-2021

EU hesitant over potential ‘Putin connection’ in Belarus plane ‘hijacking’

Despite the speculations about a Russian involvement in the forced landing of the Ryanair airliner in Minsk, given the importance of Russia, EU leaders who met in Brussels for a two-day summit decided to decouple the issues and concentrate on...
18-05-2021

Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine formalise their higher EU ambition

The three former Soviet republics hoping to join the EU have formalised their cooperation towards a more ambitious European integration on Monday (17 May) during a meeting of their foreign ministers in Kyiv.
11-05-2021

Georgia opposition leader walks free after EU posts bail

Georgia on Monday (10 May) released jailed opposition leader Nika Melia on bail posted by the European Union, in a move expected to defuse a political crisis in the Caucasus country.
21-04-2021

Michel’s mediation in Georgia revealed

European Council President Charles Michel "took risks" during his recent visit to Georgia, and some in Brussels thought his actions were "mad", according to an EU official familiar with the latest diplomatic action meant to reassert the EU's 'soft power'.
20-04-2021

Georgia ruling party, opposition sign EU-led pact to end crisis

Georgia's ruling party and the opposition on Monday (19 April) signed an EU-mediated agreement to end a months-long political crisis that raised concerns in the West over the Caucasus country's backsliding on democracy.

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