Europe's East

Armenia 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.
20-07-2018

Putin says he warned Trump against closer NATO ties with Ukraine and Georgia

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (19 July) warned NATO against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.
Global Europe 19-07-2018

OSCE surprised by Russian intelligence penetrating its Ukraine mission

The OSCE mission monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine said yesterday (18 July) claims that Russia's security agency had received inside information about its activities came as a major blow.
Energy 19-07-2018

EU and Ukraine in tug of war over Naftogaz unbundling

The European Commission has repeated its insistence on breaking up the Ukrainian national gas and oil monopoly Naftogaz, separating transmission from production and supply, which the country had agreed to as a condition for receiving massive Western financing.
Azerbaijan 12-07-2018

EU and Azerbaijan agree ‘Partnership Priorities’

A milestone in EU-Azerbaijan relations was reached in Brussels yesterday (11 July), with the end of negotiations of the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Priorities in the presence of President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
10-07-2018

EU makes another attempt to press Ukraine to fight corruption

EU leaders used the 20th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels on Monday (9 July) to press the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, once again to take credible steps to fight rampant corruption.
09-07-2018

Why NATO should double-down on Georgian membership

When NATO leaders meet in Brussels this week they should have Georgia on their minds, write Amanda Paul and Ana Andguladze.
06-07-2018

EU freezes aid to Moldova as row over mayoral election rages

The European Union said on Wednesday (5 July) it had frozen a €100 million aid package to Moldova after a disputed mayoral election race in the capital Chisinau which critics say undermined the country’s democratic credentials.
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.
03-07-2018

EU nuclear inquest approves Belarusian atom-smashing

EU investigators concluded on Tuesday (3 July) that an under-construction nuclear power plant in Belarus complies with the bloc’s so-called ‘stress tests’ but made a number of recommendations to the national regulator.
02-07-2018

Ukrainian reforms – is the glass half full or half empty?

Over the last four years, Ukraine has made some tremendous changes to become a functioning market economy and a liberal democracy, a feat which is scarcely recognised by others, writes Ivan Miklos.
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.
19-06-2018

Georgia is a country of old Europe

Many forces wish to undermine Georgia’s democratic development, and this is why the EU engagement and cooperation must be much more active, writes Gunnar Hökmar.
Politics 13-06-2018

The Brief – Anti-system diplomacy? Let’s have more!

On the same day, 12 June 2018, anti-system politicians in two wildly different spots of the globe did their best to solve the world’s most complicated conundrums.
13-06-2018

EU issues encouraging messages ahead of 10th anniversary of Russia-Georgia war

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the EU has not given up seeking a “true solution” to the conflict.
Energy 12-06-2018

Three presidents inaugurate TANAP pipeline in Turkey

The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia will inaugurate today (12 June) the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), a key section of Europe's long-delayed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), according to announcements made in the three country's media.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

Germany, France voice cautious hope on reviving Ukraine peace process

Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.
08-06-2018

Ukraine approves anti-corruption court, but sacks reformist finance minister

Ukrainian lawmakers yesterday (7 June) approved key legislation to create a long-awaited anti-corruption court while also voting to dismiss the country's finance minister, a respected reformer backed by the West.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

UN seeks ‘immediate’ heavy arms pullout in Eastern Ukraine

The UN Security Council condemned yesterday (6 June) "continuous violations of the ceasefire" in Ukraine's east and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Energy 07-06-2018

New Italian minister calls the TAP pipeline ‘pointless’

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte comfortably won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament yesterday (6 June), but divisions inside his coalition put at risk a major gas pipeline project, seen by Brussels as a cornerstone of EU’s energy security.
Global Europe 06-06-2018

In Austria, Putin calls for lifting sanctions, Kurz sticks by EU position

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (5 June) the European Union should end damaging sanctions against Moscow imposed over the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of Crimea.
Azerbaijan 06-06-2018

EU must engage with Azerbaijan or Putin will

Azerbaijan’s strategic yet precarious geopolitical location and situation are such that the country deserves EU support, especially in light of growing tensions with Russia and Iran, writes Jan Zahradil MEP.
30-05-2018

Georgia cuts diplomatic ties with Syria after recognition of separatists

Georgia said on Tuesday (29 May) it had started procedures to sever diplomatic relations with Syria after Damascus recognised its breakaway regions as independent states, a move Tbilisi dubbed manipulation from Russia.
Azerbaijan 29-05-2018

Azerbaijan inaugurates Southern Gas Corridor key terminal

Azerbaijan inaugurated on Tuesday (29 May) a terminal that is planned to be the starting point of the first pipeline to transport gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, bypassing Russia.