Europe's East

Eastern Europe 17-09-2019

In Georgia, EU opens first European School outside the bloc’s borders

In line with EU aims to deepen relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, EU and Georgian officials on Monday (16 September) launched a European School in Tbilisi, the first educational institution of this kind launched beyond the bloc’s boundaries.
Energy 11-09-2019

Brussels unlikely to appeal EU court decision hampering Nord Stream pipelines

The EU executive is unlikely to appeal a decision of the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday (10 September) to restrict the transit of Russian gas via the Opal pipeline, running on German territory.
09-09-2019

Ex-interior minister Gakharia confirmed as Georgian PM

Georgia's parliament on Sunday (8 September) confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country's new prime minister, fuelling political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation.
09-09-2019

Russia, Ukraine swap prisoners in first sign of thawing relations

Russia and Ukraine swapped dozens of prisoners on Saturday (7 September) in a carefully-negotiated rapprochement that brought Western praise and could thaw a freeze in relations since Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region in 2014.
06-09-2019

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy blamed for the release of key MH17 suspect

A Ukrainian court on Thursday (5 September) released on bail a man suspected of involvement in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 that killed 298 people.
02-09-2019

Georgian PM Bakhtadze steps down, warns against political divisions

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze announced his resignation on Monday (2 September) after little more than a year in the job and said the country must not be riven by political divisions that could play into Russia’s hands.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

Pence in Warsaw: US still strongly supports Ukraine’s Crimea claim

US Vice President Mike Pence reassured Ukraine on Sunday (1 September) that Washington continues to back its claim for Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, even as US President Donald Trump mulls cutting aid to the European nation.
Energy 02-09-2019

Zelenskiy slams Nord Stream 2 as Ukraine seeks LNG gas from the US

Ukraine's president on Saturday (31 August) slammed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline set to send Russian gas to Germany as a "threat" to Europe and welcomed moves by Kyiv to tap into US gas supplies.
30-08-2019

Ukraine president picks young lawyer as prime minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday (29 August) picked untested 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk as his prime minister, as a new parliament met for the first time.
29-08-2019

Ukraine’s new and unpredictable parliament set for marathon first session

Ukraine's new parliament will meet for the first time on Thursday (29 August), dominated by the party of ex-comedian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who has an unprecedented chance to fulfil his political ambition of "breaking the system".
Azerbaijan 28-08-2019

Juncker Commission still hopes to finalise agreement with Azerbaijan

The Juncker Commission still hopes that it could conclude a new trade and political agreement with Azerbaijan in the next two months, provided that Baku moves forward on the trade part of the text, sources have told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 27-08-2019

Macron announces Ukraine peace summit for September

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday (26 August) that the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France would hold talks in September aimed at ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
07-08-2019

Lithuania wants EU to bar east Ukraine’s Russian passports

Lithuania is working with the European Union to establish a common policy not to recognise Russian passports issued in east Ukraine, currently controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, Vilnius said Tuesday (6 August).
23-07-2019

Ukraine president on course for unprecedented majority after election win

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy looked set on Monday (22 July) to become Ukraine's first leader since the fall of communism to command a single party majority in parliament, in what would be an unprecedented mandate to deliver promised reforms.
22-07-2019

Ukraine president on course for commanding win in parliamentary election

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party took a commanding lead in the snap parliamentary election on Sunday (21 July), consolidating the power of the novice politician whose stunning rise has upended traditional politics in the war-scarred nation.
17-07-2019

Moldova FM: We want to move as quickly as possible on EU accession

There is a high consensus in Moldova that we want good relations with Brussels and Moscow, but we have no alternative to strong pro-European integration, Moldova's new foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Eastern Europe 11-07-2019

Georgia suggests taking an unconventional path to EU accession

Georgia staked its claim to becoming an EU member on Thursday (11 July), even if it meant an innovative approach and "knocking on every door", its president told an international conference marking the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi.
09-07-2019

Tusk hopes for ‘higher level’ of EU-Azerbaijan ties

On a visit to Baku on Tuesday (9 July), Council President Donald Tusk said the EU and Azerbaijan were “coming closer to each other every year”, and expressed the Union’s readiness to further deepen our cooperation with Azerbaijan, including in fields such as human rights.
09-07-2019

Russia calls tirade against Putin on Georgian TV a ploy to derail ties

Russia on Monday (8 July) condemned an obscenity-laden tirade against President Vladimir Putin on a Georgian TV station, calling it a shameful and unacceptable provocation by radical political forces intended to damage relations.
09-07-2019

At Kyiv summit, EU pledges more aid for war-torn east Ukraine

European Union leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker pledged support and financial assistance to conflict-riven Ukraine during a visit to Kyiv on Monday while urging Russia to do more to bring peace to the Donbass region.
03-07-2019

Trudeau promises support for Ukraine in wake of Russian ‘aggression’

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau promised Tuesday (2 July) to support Ukraine in the wake of Russian "aggression," after a meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Toronto.
Global Europe 26-06-2019

Ukraine slams Russia’s reintegration into the Council of Europe

Ukraine on Tuesday (25 June) slammed as an “unacceptable concession to Russia” the decision of the Council of Europe to re-admit Russia, after the country was stripped of voting rights following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
25-06-2019

Thousands in Tbilisi demand Georgia’s de-oligarchisation

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied on Monday (24 June) in the Georgian capital for the fifth consecutive day as the increasingly unpopular ruling party's promise of sweeping reforms failed to appease mass demonstrations.
24-06-2019

War veterans join biggest gay pride march in Ukraine

War veterans in fatigues joined more than 8,000 people marching in Kyiv's Gay Pride parade amid tight security on Sunday (23 June), the biggest ever annual celebration of diversity in ex-Soviet Ukraine.

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