Europe's East

22-05-2020

Former Ukrainian president in another round of questioning amid ‘geopolitical’ leaks

Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, now a lawmaker, has been called in for "urgent questioning" by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in a case involving the smuggling of 43 valuable paintings out of Ukraine, the state's investigation service agency said on Friday (22 May).
Azerbaijan 14-05-2020

Azeri official points at ‘mafia’ as obstacle to solving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

In an exclusive interview, a high official of Azerbaijan pointed at mafia-type relations between the unrecognized authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh and the government in Armenia as an obstacle for solving the long-lasting conflict. Hikmat Hajiev, head of the foreign affairs department...
13-05-2020

Ukraine passes long-awaited banking law, clearing way for financial aid

Ukraine passed on Wednesday (13 May) a banking law that prevents the return of insolvent banks to previous owners, removing the last obstacle for getting aid from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, Interfax Ukraine reported.
Enlargement 05-05-2020

An opportunity to end Kosovo’s isolation in Europe

The Covid-19 crisis with its overall ban on entry to the Schengen zone by non-EU residents and citizens may present a window of opportunity to allow visa free travel for Kosovars.
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Azerbaijan 05-05-2020

Non-Aligned Movement is ‘United Against Covid-19’

On Monday (4 May), an online Summit of the Non–Aligned Movement (NAM) states was held at the initiative of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Dr. Esmira Jafarova shares her impressions from this event.
Politics 04-05-2020

Georgian ambassador: Eastern Partnership communication ‘weak’ on political signalling

The European Commission’s recently presented objectives for the Eastern Partnership (EaP) post-2020 were strong on content but "very clearly weak on political signalling," the head of Georgia's mission to the EU told EURACTIV in an interview.
30-04-2020

Ukrainian businessmen demand easing of lockdown and government support

Several hundred businessmen, many of them wearing protective face masks, called for an easing of Ukraine's coronavirus lockdown in a protest near the government building on Wednesday (29 April).
28-04-2020

EU should consider ‘flexible’ Russia sanctions over Ukraine: report

The EU should reconsider its 'all or nothing' approach on sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as its annexation of Crimea, a new report from the International Crisis Group suggests.
23-04-2020

EU foreign affairs chief to turn to Europe’s East after COVID-19

The European Union's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, confirmed that his first visit following the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions will be to Ukraine, in a bid to affirm the EU's leadership in the region.
22-04-2020

Commission announces a 3 billion loan package for EU’s neighbours

The European Commission announced on Wednesday (22 April) a €3 billion loan package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood countries to limit the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Azerbaijan 22-04-2020

Can the coronavirus crisis impact on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution?

Now, when the world is immersed in an enduring coronavirus crisis, it will be quite difficult for Armenia to carry this additional burden, writes Gulshan Pashayeva. Dr Gulshan Pashayeva is Board member of the Center of Analysis of International Relations...
Eastern Europe 21-04-2020

COVID-19 fight and borderisation: Georgia sets good example

While pro-Russian separatists in occupied Georgian territory are taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak to press on with illegal borderisation, the population of these areas puts hopes in the success of Tbilisi in fighting the pandemic.
17-04-2020

COVID-19 as an excuse for lifting sanctions on Russia?

There has been an increased number of calls for rolling back the EU sanctions against Russia in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, but this idea is dangerous, argues Inna Sovsun.
Azerbaijan 17-04-2020

COVID-19 doesn’t prevent Azerbaijan from looking at future with optimism

Azerbaijan’s strong standing before the Covid-19 outbreak as an energy and reformer state offer reasons for optimism that the country could quickly return back to normal, writes Esmira Jafarova.
Armenia 16-04-2020

COVID-19: Updates from the EU’s eastern neighbours

As EU countries begin mulling exit strategies, EURACTIV takes a look at the COVID-19 situation in EU's Eastern neighbourhood, including the spread of the virus and a short overview of containment measures.
Eastern Europe 16-04-2020

IMF to raise funding to Georgia to $450 mln to fight coronavirus

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday (15 April) it was ready to provide Georgia with increased funding of $450 million this year to help the ex-Soviet country in its fight against the coronavirus and support the economy.
Azerbaijan 14-04-2020

Simulation of ‘democracy’ in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh

The simulation of “democracy” in occupied territories of Nagorno-Karabakh unrecognized by the international community fooled no one, writes Vasif Huseynov.
07-04-2020

EU, UN join forces to help Eastern neighbours fight organised crime

The EU and the UN's Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) yesterday (6 April) launched a programme to help Eastern Partnership countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - claw back assets linked to organised crime.
Azerbaijan 31-03-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh holds ‘elections’ despite international criticism and virus concerns

The authorities of the internationally unrecognised breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh are holding presidential and parliamentary elections amid international criticism and despite the coronavirus pandemic.
31-03-2020

Ukraine opens up land market in bid for $8 bln IMF package

Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Tuesday (31 March) to lift a ban on the sale of farmland that has stood for nearly two decades, clearing one of the hurdles needed to unlock an $8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund.
Eastern Europe 30-03-2020

EU announces COVID-19 help for Balkans, Eastern neighbours after criticism

The EU on Monday (30 March) announced nearly €40 million to help Western Balkan countries deal with the coronavirus, after Brussels came under fire for not doing enough for its neighbours.
27-03-2020

Ukraine struggles to debunk fake virus news

The water service in Odessa, a port city in southern Ukraine, was suddenly overrun this week with calls from worried residents with a peculiar concern.
25-03-2020

EU demands access to Donbas for international organisations during coronavirus restrictions

Russian-backed armed formations in the breakaway Donbas region have since Saturday (21 March) denied access to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) mission monitoring the conflict, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service reported on Tuesday.
Eastern Europe 24-03-2020

The Commission’s Eastern Partnership strategy is disappointing

Distance should not be a criterion: Georgia is better prepared for EU membership than the frontrunners of the Western Balkans, writes Andrius Kubilius.
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