Europe's East

15-06-2019

‘Moldova is free’ cheers new premier as rival steps aside

Moldova’s new prime minister Maia Sandu consolidated her power on Friday (14 June) as her predecessor resigned, appearing to ease a crisis that shook the country for the past week as two rival governments jostled for control.
Energy 14-06-2019

EU, Russia confident about Ukraine gas transit deal, despite tense talks

Russia and the EU on Thursday (13 June) expressed hope that a solution could be found to allow gas supply transits through Ukraine to continue from next year.
12-06-2019

Moldova’s unprecedented power struggle: A drama in five acts

Two governments - one ‘de facto’, one ‘de jure’ - are holding meetings in Moldova’s capital. Each claims legitimacy and accuses the other of usurpation of power. Civil servants are starting to take sides in what is an unprecedented power struggle for the country.
05-06-2019

Ukraine’s new president vows pro-Western trajectory in Brussels

Ukraine's strategy of seeking full-fledged NATO membership remains unchanged, new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday (5 June), during his first trip to Brussels.
Politics 04-06-2019

The football tournament you’ve never heard of

Eight football teams will duel it out in the foothills of the Caucasus this month to decide which is the best in Europe. But you will not find Germany, Italy or Spain on the match list and none of the teams taking part are fully recognised by the international community.
Armenia 22-05-2019

Council of Europe warns Armenia over plan to block court entrances

Monitors from the Council of Europe, the organisation specialised in human rights, appealed on Tuesday (21 May) to the authorities in Armenia to refrain from any actions that could be seen as undemocratic, following a judge’s decision to release former President Robert Kocharyan from pre-trial detention.
21-05-2019

High fives, selfies and a snap election as Zelenskiy takes power in Ukraine

Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine’s new president on Monday (20 May), promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make Ukrainians laugh, he would now work to keep them from crying.
Global Europe 25-04-2019

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries ‘aggressor state’

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday (24 April) simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kyiv for more international sanctions.
24-04-2019

Ukrainian President-elect calls for IMF talks to lower gas prices for households

Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy's team on Wednesday (24 April) called on the government and state energy company Naftogaz to hold talks with the International Monetary Fund on lowering household gas prices from 1 May.
Global Europe 23-04-2019

Ukraine enters uncharted waters after Zelenskiy wins presidency

Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday (22 April) after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically upended the status quo and won the country's presidential election by a landslide.
Global Europe 19-04-2019

Russia’s ally message to Ukraine’s probable new President: Do deal and get territory back

Ukraine's new president could regain control over the separatist-controlled east of his country within months and get cheap gas and major investment from Russia if he does a deal with Moscow, the Kremlin's closest ally in Ukraine said.
12-04-2019

In blow to Poroshenko, Macron to receive Zelenskiy before presidential run-off

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice and favourite to win Kyiv's presidential vote, will head to Paris Friday (12 April) to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.
Global Europe 05-04-2019

Ukraine elections elephant in the room ahead of Eastern Partnership talks

Ahead of the Eastern Partnership's (EaP) tenth anniversary in May, EU foreign ministers are next week set to review the progress of the bloc’s framework with the six countries, with the situation in Ukraine being the elephant in the room.
Azerbaijan 04-04-2019

Mogherini: ‘Inshallah, EU and Azerbaijan will soon finalise their agreement’

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini expressed hope on Thursday (4 April) that the EU and Azerbaijan would conclude a new trade and political agreement very soon, using the Arabic expression Inshallah (God willing).
Azerbaijan 02-04-2019

EU undisturbed over conflicting Nagorno-Karabakh messages

Conflicting messages about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have been aired in recent days: "Territories for peace" and a “new war for new territories”.  But the European Union made it clear it trusted the messages of peace.
01-04-2019

Not an April spoof: Comedian races ahead in Ukrainian presidential election

A comedian with no political experience raced ahead in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday (31 March), offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia.
19-03-2019

Putin in Crimea as Russia marks five years since ‘reunification’

Russian President Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Monday (18 March) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of the strategic peninsula from Ukraine which was condemned by the West but remains popular among Russians.
18-03-2019

Russia slams ‘hypocrisy’ of new Western sanctions ahead of Crimea anniversary

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, condemned by the West but celebrated by most Russians, the United States, Canada and the EU slapped new sanctions on more than a dozen Russian officials and businesses in response to Moscow's "continued aggression in Ukraine."
Global Europe 05-03-2019

Lukashenko seeks better ties with West despite Russian ‘hysteric’ reactions

Belarus will seek better ties with the West even though this provokes “hysterics” from its traditional ally Russia, long-serving President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday (5 March), a day after lifting a cap of five US diplomats in his country....
27-02-2019

Comedian takes centre stage in Ukraine’s presidential race

In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way.
27-02-2019

Ukraine President’s associate quits in corruption probe ahead of vote

A close associate of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stepped aside from a senior government role on Tuesday (26 February) pending a corruption investigation involving his son a month before the incumbent faces a tough battle for re-election.
Azerbaijan 26-02-2019

Commission eager to see the capacity of Southern gas corridor doubled

A recent meeting of government officials and big energy companies in Azerbaijan signalled ambitions about doubling the capacity of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), and of more European countries becoming clients.
25-02-2019

Moldova looks set for hung parliament as opposition threatens protests

Early results pointed to a hung parliament in Moldova's election on Sunday (24 February), splitting the vote between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces at a time when the ex-Soviet republic's relations with the European Union have soured.
22-02-2019

Poland seeks to protect its Ukrainian connection

Although they are vital to the Polish economy, no one really knows how many Ukrainian migrants live in the country.

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